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Fake CU also prompts alerts in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. (4/13/09)--The Pennsylvania Department of Banking has issued a consumer scam alert about an entity calling itself "First Star Lending Services" and "First Star Credit Union," believed to be the same entity that received a cease-and-desist order from a Michigan regulator last week. The Pennsylvania department warned about an apparent advance fee loan scam using the names at www.firststarlendingservices.com (Life is a Highway April 10). Two consumers said they applied to the company for loans ranging from $7,000 to $10,000. When they were asked to pay several hundred dollars in upfront fees to receive their loans, they became suspicious and did not send any funds. The companies claim to be located at 1800 Loucks Rd., Suite 850, York, Pa. However, no such address exists there. First Star Lending Services claims to offer first and second mortgages, consumer loans and other financial products, but it is not licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking. There is no First Star CU chartered by state or federal regulators said the department. Friday News Now reported that the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation issued a cease-and-desist order against a fake credit union, "Firststar CU," claiming to be a Pennsylvania-based credit union. OFIR said the institution is a fraudulent financial institution (News Now April 10).


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