The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is warning consumers to verify the license of any lending professional they are considering doing business with. You can verify a license by calling DFI at 1-877-RING DFI (746-4334) or online at www.dfi.wa.gov.
DFI has received reports from Washington consumers that they have received an e-mail alerting them to an outstanding debt for a defaulted payday loan. This e-mail was signed by a Corey Webber at firstname.lastname@example.org. "Corey Webber" purports to work as a Recovery Specialist for Internet Finance Services.
Consumers have also reported that the representatives of Internet Finance Services make numerous and repeated harassing telephone contacts with the consumer, threatening legal action unless the consumer pays the requested fees. The callers are also reported to have contacted consumers’ relatives or other references.
Consumers report at least one telephone number associated with these "collection activities": 713-482-8912. Calls to this telephone number generally result in a message indicating that the respondent is not available, or that the number is disconnected.
Neither Corey Webber nor Internet Finance Services is licensed by the Department of Financial Institutions as a payday lender or check casher or seller in Washington State.
If you have received this e-mail or phone contact, and some of your non-public personal information (date of birth, social security number, or bank account numbers, etc.) was disclosed, you may wish to consider yourself a victim of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission’s website on identity theft, www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/, provides many resources to consumers whose non-public personal information may have been stolen or compromised.
If you feel you have been victimized by this organization, and you reside in Washington State, you may file a complaint with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions by contacting the Consumer Services Division at 360-902-8703, or by filing a complaint online. The complaint form is available online at www.dfi.wa.gov.