Report: #427966

Complaint Review: Centre Point Financial Group

  • Submitted: Tue, February 24, 2009
  • Updated: Thu, April 09, 2009
  • Reported By: La Crosse Wisconsin
  • Centre Point Financial Group
    1232 N King St Suite #326
    Wilmington, Delaware
  • Phone: 888-556-2780
  • Web:
  • Category: Loans

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Late Dec 2009 I conducted an online search for a long term personal(auto) loan. I applied a at a web site (that I do not recall the website name) about refinancing my Hummer H2 SUT. All that was required was that I fill out an application consisting of personal information such as my social security number and address. On Feb 5th, 2009 I was contacted by Michelle Hudson stating that I had been approved for a $26,500 loan through Centre Point Financial Group based out of Delaware.

After searching for the company name online, I found nothing negative about this company. I also checked the BBB in Delaware, which didn't have any positive or negative information, and researched their website @

I AGAIN talked to Michelle Hudson on Feb 6th, 2009. She explained that since this was a secured loan that I would need to provide collateral for insurance purposes as stated in the faxed agreement. The collateral required consisted of and was equal to 5 monthly payments totaling $2,500 and since I was making such a large payment upfront that I would not need to begin repaying the loan until June of 2009 for seven years at $399.00 per month. I reviewed the documents numerous times. Everything appeared to be completely legitimate.

I asked a lot of questions and I was asking for proof that they were with the BBB of Delaware. I never received any info from them. I also asked about the advance fee scams and the said that they report companies that are involved in that. I told them that would not send in the full amount and that they can take the rest out of the loan proceeds. Michelle Hudson then tried to convince me to send $2,500 to a George Nail, whom she said worked for a private lender in Canada. I refused to send any money to Canada and if this were a legitimate loan that I will send the payment to them and they could handle the rest. I know that at every Money Gram location, that it was more than likely to have a camera there just in case. I was then given directions to sent it to a person who works in their accounting Dept by the name of Shirley Albertson in Wilmington, DE.

I contacted Michelle and gave her the reference number and she informed me that my account would be funded w/in 24 hrs. On the morning of Feb 17, 2009 I checked my account and there was no wire transfer. I called Michelle and she stated that they would need an additional $750 for complete the loan requirement. I refused and asked for my money back and then said that the would start the refund process. I have not heard from them since that evening. I have called and faxed them numerous times to no avail. I had doubts from the beginning and I should have not sent any money, but I was stupid and I did - If I can't get my money back - then I at least, want the criminals caught and prosecuted.

La Crosse, Wisconsin
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#1 Consumer Comment

DE company different from similarly named company in Orange County, CA

AUTHOR: Phil - (U.S.A.)

I always appreciate an advance warning like this post.

Just wanted to add a note that Googling company names resembling "Centrepointe Financial" will turn up a variety of entries. I did business with a mortgage broker by that name based in Orange County, California.

Given my experience, I believe that the similarly named company based in Delaware is a different company than the one doing business in Orange County. They were very responsive, ethical, and were able to get my mortgage needs taken care of within a minimum of time. I had contacted a Mike McGirr through their website I receive a 'mortgage market update' newsletter from them occasionally and would do business with them again.
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AUTHOR: Scammed By Avenue Financial Group In New York - (U.S.A.)

Please ALSO report your story IMMEDIATELY to Canadian Phone Busters, badcreditloanwarning, and Canadian Money Advisor.

This report has been generated as the result of a financial fraud that was committed against me by Avenue Financial Group (AFG) which actually does not exist but the address they provide on their letterhead is 595 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530. The telephone number that was used during all communications is 866.403.6662 and the fax number that was used is 516.977.1030. Their website is The names of the two people that I spoke with are Brenda Olsen (x384) and Dennis Crown (x0).

On December 5, 2008 I conducted an online search for a long term personal loan. Mind you, I had never applied for a loan in my life with the exception of my two college degrees and my automobile. I immediately recognized that name Lending Tree, LLC at and decided to check further into the process required to obtain a loan. All that was required was that I fill out an application consisting of personal information such as my social security number and address. On December 9, 2008 I was contacted by Brenda Olsen who left a voicemail message stating that I had been approved for a $5,000 loan through Avenue Financial Group based out of New York. After searching for the company name online, I found multiple companies throughout the United States and Canada with the same name, checked the BBB which didn't have any positive or negative information, and researched their website @

I returned Brenda's phone call on December 9, 2008. Brenda congratulated me on being approved for the $5,000 loan. She explained that because this was a secured loan that I would need to provide collateral for insurance purposes as stated in the faxed agreement. The collateral required consisted of and was equal to 5 monthly payments totaling $1,107.20 and since I was making such a large payment upfront that I would not need to begin repaying the loan until June of 2009 for two years at $221.00 per month. I reviewed the documents numerous times. Everything appeared to be completely legitimate. I borrowed money against my 401K account in order to pay for the collateral. On December 15, 2008 I contacted Brenda Olsen to inform her that I had the collateral payment required to secure the loan. Brenda explained that the lender was located in Canada and that I needed to wire the funds directly to them. I asked Brenda how to wire the money since I had zero knowledge or experience wiring money. She told me to go to Walmart and ask for a red and white form called a Money Gram. I was to send the collateral payment to the Canadian lender, Christine Osborne in Thompson, MB, Canada. Since the fee was going to be $22.00 Brenda told me to simply send $1,100 and the remaining monies would be credited to my loan. I followed all of these instructions and contacted Brenda to provide her with the reference number as requested. Brenda stated that the $5,000 loan would be directly deposited into my account on December 16, 2008.

On the morning of December 16, 2009 I received a voicemail message from Dennis Crown who identified himself as the customer service manager of AFG. Dennis stated in this message that there had been a slight problem with my loan and needed to contact him immediately. Upon contacting Dennis, I learned that the lender after reassessing my loan needed to purchase an additional $1,100 in insurance to secure the loan. My other option was to receive a full refund but that I would not be able to receive this refund until January 5, 2009. I contacted Brenda Olsen who appeared to be completely unaware of the situation and stated that Dennis was a good man and would take good care of me. Brenda also stated that Dennis needed to speak with me again. I contacted Dennis once again who stated that he had spoken with the lender and that they would work something out with me for an additional $800 instead of the original $1,100 to secure the loan. I wired an additional $800 to Christine Osborne in Thompson, MB, Canada through a Money Gram at Walmart. Because the amount wired was less than $800, I was only required to pay $14.16 for the Money Gram fee.

I shared this information with a friend who began to research the company online. She found reports posted by others on that were identical to my experience with the same exact company as well as similar stories with different companies. These individuals stated that their loans were never deposited into their checking accounts after making two collateral payments. I knew at that point that I had been deceived. I contacted my local police department who filed a report with Financial Crimes. The following day I closed my checking account because they had my checking account number in order to transfer the loan. I also contacted all three credit bureaus to prevent identity theft since these criminals had all of my personal information including my social security number. They also had a faxed copy of my passport that I provided for their requirement to provide a type of government ID. The reason I provided this document as opposed to my driver's license is because I was in my office and it was quicker than getting my wallet out of my purse.

Dennis Crown had the nerve to contact me a third time. This time he stated that they would provide me with a $10,000 loan but that I needed to pay an additional 10 monthly payments. I told him no and demanded a refund in the amount of $1,900. I pretended that I wasn't aware that they had deceived me. Dennis informed me that a refund would be made on January 5, 2009 but since the company doesn't exist I know that I will never see this money again unless someone finds these criminals and prosecutes them to the fullest extent possible. This experience has been completely and utterly devastating. I have been severely violated and am in complete distress.

The website of Avenue Financial was created on 11.05.08 through which is a company based out of Singapore. This information can be obtained through the WHOIS database which I discovered on the BBB website. According to, there are a series of companies that are potentially being operated by the same people. This inference was derived as a result of the reports filed by other individuals indicating the exact same scam and strategies utilized. I have documented these and am happy to share them with anyone who can help.

I pray that there is someone out there that can and is willing to assist me and other victims in finding these individuals who are hacking into Lending Tree's website before they violate and take advantage of other innocent people. I have obviously never applied for a loan other than for my education and automobile. I didn't realize that advanced fees were illegal in our country as well as Canada.

Please contact me if you have any information as to what I can do to seek justice and to put an end to their criminal practices.

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