Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Consumer Alert:
Guardian Advocate Group LLC
Gary Orkin

Loan Modification Scam

August 11, 2011

Consumers have reported to the Washington Department of Financial Institutions that they paid Guardian Advocate Group LLC (Guardian Advocate) for third party loan modification services that were not provided.

After the fees were paid to Guardian Advocate, all contact with the Consumer stopped. Guardian Advocate representative, Gary Orkin, did not return telephone calls, or respond to correspondence.

Addresses that have been associated with Guardian Advocate include:

105 South Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, New York, 10549-3441
933 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, New York, 1059-1662
20 Cedar Street, Suite 106, New Rochelle, New York, 10801-5248
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 703, Albany, New York, 12210-2207

Correspondence mailed to each of these associated addresses has been returned as undeliverable by the United States Postal Service, and do not appear to be bona fide locations. Research also shows the name “Gary Orkin” as associated with this company.

Additionally, Guardian Advocate is not registered with the Washington State Department of Revenue, the Office of the Secretary of State to do business in Washington, or at the Department of Licensing Master Business Division.

Report Fraud

If you feel you have been victimized by these individuals, 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. Blank complaint forms are available at www.dfi.wa.gov/cs/complaint.htm.

These kinds of contacts should also be reported to federal law enforcement authorities. You may contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation online: www.fbi.gov or by telephone: (202) 324-3000. We also suggest contacting the Federal Trade Commission online: www.ftc.gov or toll free: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

Complainants have also had some success contacting their local telephone carrier’s nuisance department to stop calls.

If the caller has indicated they may know private information, such as your Social Security number, other account numbers, or contact information for work or other associates, you should take steps to protect yourself against identity theft. There is information on the FTC website about steps to take to protect yourself from identity theft, and what to do to protect yourself in the event you are a victim of identity theft.

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