I received a call from Silver State Holding Company, Inc. back in July 2009. I was contacted by Rosa "Rose" Zuniga, who was very nice and knowlegable in grant writing. I had my guard up and questioned her hard. She assured me of all my worries and gave me the time to research the company and so forth.
Upon researching, I located the owner, Joe Roach. He owns multiple companies, and had no weary public records. I researched Silver State Holding Company, Inc. throughly and found really nothing on them. I bothered me alittle that I couldn't find even a success story about them.
After contacting Rose, I told her I had my doubts that she could find my company a grant of $1.5 million and I should receive my first check of $750,000 by September 2009. It seemed to good to be true, but then again she explained to me the process of grant writing and what guidelines had to be followed and assured me that I was making a wise decision to invest my money in their services. So, with some doubt I did just that, invested my hard earned money into this scam.
The cost of their service is, $7500.00 and I would have to send in half up front, but I told her I could not afford that in these times, and she spoke with her boss who agreed that they would accept $1875.00 and the remainder $5625.00 could be paid when I receive my first check of $750,000.
Upon, receiving my retainer fee, I was promised an interview phone call, which I received from a woman named Rochelle. She asked basic questions, like my age, martial status, own or rent, and so forth. She wanted to know if I had a business plan, which I do have, so I faxed it to her.
No word from Silver State after the interview, so I contacted Rose, which I can never get her on her extension. Their 800 number is whacky and the extensions don't work and it all goes to the "receptionist" who doesn't have the ability to transfer, send to voicemail or anything. She takes your information and someone will call you back. To me it is like they all sit in different locations or work from home. The initial phone number 702-554-1466 has been disconnected.
At this point, I am frantic that I can not get Rose on the phone. I feel I have been scammed, so I research "Rosa Zuniga" and she was involved with another grant company who was fraudulant. I then searched county records to find she is registered to a FFN certificate, Business to Business Funding. My question is, who are they and if she is just an "employee" of Silver State, why is she listed with Business to Business Funding?
I used Google map to look up the business address of Silver State and found nothing in the plaza. Their letter head says their in Ste 209 and my bank says who endorsed my check is in Ste 208. I contacted the company in Ste 207 who states that those suites are empty and have been.
I have been on the phone all day with the receptionist Ashley, whom was hired 3 days ago. She has given my messages to Rose all day today who refuses to call me, knowing I am furious with questions for her. Finally, the receptionist gave my detailed message to the owner, Joe Roach who is supposed to contact me to go over all my questions of this employee of his. So the question is, was Rose Zuniga a scammer for another company and then now works for a legitimate company, or is the entire company, Silver State, a scam?
I will update this and remove it if I am wrong, but I have a gut feeling and want to get this concern out into the public before they send their money to this company. Had I seen this concern before I sent my money, I'm sure I would have saved myself $1875.00.