Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Consumer Alert:
First Heritage Financial

Advance Fee Scam

March 01, 2012

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) received complaints from consumers who alleged a company by the name of First Heritage Financial Services offered an online consumer loan; however, to obtain the loan the consumer was asked to send an advance fee to secure the loan. The consumer alleged that after wiring the advance fee, the loan amount was not deposited into the consumer’s bank account as promised and the consumer was unable to obtain a response or a refund from the company.

This company has been associated with the following address:

1700 Seventh Avenue, Ste 2100, Seattle, Washington 98101.

This company has also used the following telephone numbers and email address: 866-278- 8877 and 888-239-2505 (fax); info@firstheritagefinancial.com.

The website address associated with the company is: www.firstheritagefinancial.com.

This company is not licensed by DFI, and is not registered to conduct business in Washington by the Department of Licensing, the Department of Revenue, or the Secretary of State.

Verify Licenses

DFI strongly recommends that residents verify the license of any lender with which they consider doing business with. Consumers are urged to verify licensing status prior to giving the lender nonpublic personal information, such as social security number and checking account access. You can verify a license with DFI at www.dfi.wa.gov or by calling 1.877.RING DFI (746-4334).

Report Violators

If you feel you are in immediate danger contact local law enforcement.

If you are suspicious of unlicensed activity by a consumer loan company please contact DFI at 1-877-RING-DFI (746-4334), or online at www.dfi.wa.gov.

If you feel you have been the victim of a loan scam please contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357), or online at www.ftc.gov.

If you feel you have been the victim of a loan scam involving the Internet please contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center online at www.ic3.gov.

If you feel you have been the victim of a loan scam and are concerned about your personal financial information, contact your banking institution, and the three major credit bureaus.

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