Pine Valley Financial
Complaint 286608 Details

  • Date Occurred: 10/16/2013
  • Reported Damages: $912.00
  • Location: 310 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203

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On October 16th,2013 I received an email communication from Albert Gibson Account manager with Pine Valley Financial. His email stated that I was approved for a loan. I followed up with him that same day asking how much I was approved for. He stated that I was approved for the amount of $5000.00 by one of their private investors. The terms were fixed apr at 7% for 48 months(4years) with a monthly payment in the amount of $119.50.

Albert further stated within the email that I would have to put up collateral of which could be a vehicle under my name 2008 or greater. Or I could secure the loan with a security deposit that totaled 7 months of payments to equal $836.50 which would secure the loan bracket of $5000.00.

Albert sent me a copy of the agreement noting the terms stated above as well noting that I will be doing the security deposit in the amount of $836.50. I reviewed their web site and it appeared to completely legitimate. I reviewed the BBB web site and found no records for them...It was a flag but did not surprise since not all business are registered. I did however request the BBB review the organization. I hadnt heard back from the BBB and investigated further on the WEB and all seemed to be square. I returned the agreement to Albret and he stated that I have two weeks to sent the money. I could either mail a cashiers check or send via western union.

I chose the Western union Option - Albert noted that I would have to select money now option for a fee of $76.00 which is was to maid payable to Michael Bennett in Manhattan NY. I sent the funds on Oct 25, 2013 and called Albert with the Western Union information. He stated that the found will be direct deposited to my account that following monday.

Well I received a call from the SR Account Manager Gary Howell stating that they under writers reviewed the account and stated that they require an addition $836.50 to process the loan on Monday the 28th of October 2013 at 12:20pm EST. At that point I knew that I was just scammed and requested immediate refund. He advised that I would have to wait for the billing cycle to close on 11.22.2013 of which will be the date they will refund me. I cannot believe I allowed myself to scammed, it all seemed very legit. This scam was relatively sophisticated; even the agreement seemed valid. This has set me back in so many ways with bills. I am worse off now than when I was when I received this so called approval. Now when I call and email - I never seem to get anyone and Albert blocks my emails. I have all the copies of my communication with this firm and will seek legal action should 11.22.2013 come to pass and I haven't been refunded.

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  • Courtney
  • Courtney SBID #455be18d14
  • Posted 12/04/2013
  • I feel the exact same way and my situation was identical to yours. You can report it to you local police department and the FBI's internet crime unit. We will never see our money again and I don't know if taking legal action will result in anything since it is all fake, the names, addresses, phone #'s etc. I contacted the BBB and the Attorney Generals office in Wisconsin, Louisiana (where I live) and New York where the money was sent. The only response I have gotten is "you were scammed." No one seems to know how to have them shut down, it's very frustrating. A local detective was able to speak to them on the phone, they cursed him out and hung up on him, which of course confirms it is a scam. He was able to run an article with our local news station just to get the name out there and prevent others in my area from being scammed. Good luck
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  • Complaint Against Pine Valley Financial
  • Complaints Filed: 12
  • Reported Damages: $22,420.00
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