Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Consumer Alert:
Law Group of California

Payday Loan Collection Scam

August 10, 2011

A complaint was filed by a Washington consumer regarding collection activities of Law Group of California. The consumer indicated that she became delinquent on a payday loan she obtained and began receiving harassing telephone calls from representatives of a company who identified themselves as Law Group of California. The company’s representatives allegedly threatened legal action unless the consumer paid a fee via credit card or electronic funds transfer. It has also been reported that this company has threatened to contact the consumer’s relatives or other references.

Consumers have reported that Law Group of California has a telephone number of 909-446-3023. The consumer indicated that this company refused to provide her with an address or any documentation related to their demands for payment.

Law Group of California is not licensed by the Washington Department of Financial Institutions as a payday lender or check casher or seller in Washington State and is not registered with either the Washington State Department of Revenue or the Office of the Secretary of State to do business in Washington.

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions is warning consumers to verify the license of any lending professional they are considering doing business with. You can verify a license by calling the Department of Financial Institutions at 1-877-RING DFI (746-4334) or online at www.dfi.wa.gov.

Report Fraud

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. The complaint form is available online at www.dfi.wa.gov/cs/complaint.htm.

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