For Immediate Release
December 14, 2011
James T. Boffetti, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection & Antitrust Bureau
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney has issued a consumer alert to warn consumers about a fraudulent Internet lending operation using the name American Central Lending Services and falsely representing that they are located in Portsmouth, NH. Investigators have determined that this company does not do business in New Hampshire, has no ties to New Hampshire and is engaging in false and deceptive practices in attempts to steal money from consumers.
The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Bureau warns consumers to exercise extreme caution when applying for a loan through the Internet and to not provide sensitive and confidential information on any on-line application, such as address, date of birth, social security information or banking/credit card information without having particular guarantees that the company is legitimate and the website is secure. Consumers are also cautioned that any request to wire money, especially out of the country, is a red flag indicating a potential consumer scam. Consumers should only wire money when they have personal knowledge and familiarity with the recipient. Often scam artists operate outside of the United States and are skilled at concealing their true identities and location.
Consumers may obtain other information about consumer protection issues, or report consumer complaints, on the Consumer Protection Bureau's website at www.doj.nh.gov/consumer.
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