​“Elite Escrow INC” (claiming to be located at 6 S 2nd St, Yakima, WA 98901) Not Licensed in Washington

Date Posted: 
Monday, May 21, 2018

Alert Number: CA048446_5/15/18(5/19)

The State of Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) has received a complaint from a legitimate company named Elite Escrow Inc. against a company that appears to be misusing its company name.  The legitimate company reported that the “Elite Escrow Inc.” (not our licensee) was offering to provide escrow services without a license.  A consumer also reported that “Elite Escrow Inc.” (not our licensee) misappropriated $20,000 for a purported escrow transaction. The consumer reported that Premiere Vacations in Mazatlán, Mexico solicited him to provide the funds.
 
Licensed Company Unlicensed Company
ELITE ESCROW INC.
14410 Bel-Red Rd. Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98007
425-865-8949
*www.elite-escrow.com*
ELITE ESCROW INC. (NOT OUR LICENSEE)
6 S 2nd St
Yakima, WA 98901
*www.eliteescrowinc.com*
It appears that “Elite Escrow Inc.” (not our licensee) may be operating as an unlicensed escrow service provider. “Elite Escrow Inc.” (not our licensee) is not licensed by the DFI and is not registered to conduct business in Washington State by the Department of Licensing, the Department of Revenue, or the Secretary of State.  
 
DFI warns Washington consumers that before doing business with a financial service provider the consumer should:
 
  • Make sure that the entity is licensed.  Consumers can use the “Verify a License” feature on DFI’s website at www.dfi.wa.gov to check whether a payday or consumer loan company is licensed to conduct business in the state of Washington.
  • Not provide any personal information, such as social security number or bank account number or access if the company is not licensed or authorized to conduct business. 
Please note that “Elite Escrow Inc.” (not our licensee) should not be confused with the following company licensed to conduct business in the State of Washington through the Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, and/or Department of Licensing.
 
ELITE Escrow INC.
14410 Bel-Red Rd. Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98007
425-865-8949

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