Beware of an advance fee loan scam. That warning from an Omaha teacher who fell for it.
We won’t reveal her last name but Candace paid $1,000 dollars to receive a $5,000 loan.
Avenue Financial sent her the paperwork.
Candace says, “You can’t look at it and say it doesn’t look like it’s real.”
It’s not real and the lender is no longer on the Internet. Candace wired the advance fee to Canada.
Michaela Harper with Credit Advisors says, “If you are ever required to wire funds definitely say no.”
Harper is concerned because the suspected scam lender now has the victim’s personal information including a copy of her driver’s license.
Harper says, “They can package this with all the other people they’ve scammed and sell the information to other scammers.”
Candace hopes her expensive lesson will teach others not to fall for the scam.
Candace says, “It’s one of those things no matter how smart you are you can make dumb decisions."
Lending Tree which provides access to legitimate banks and lenders says the loan scam will be reported to both the F-B-I and Canadian Mounties.