State banking officials today issued a warning about two advance fee scams hitting Pennsylvania residents.
Suspected scam artists operating under the names Norwalk Financing and Hudson Trust Financial Services claim to be offering loans, but asking for money in advance, the Department of Banking and Securities reports.
One of the scams instructed consumers to wire an “insurance fee” to Canada, and the other instructed consumers to load a pre-paid debit card as a “security deposit” on the advertised loan.
Norwalk lists an address at 20 N. Third St. Philadelphia, and Hudson uses 540 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Washington. Neither company is licensed by the Pennsylvania to offer loans to consumers, as required by law.
The Department of Banking and Securities can be contacted online, www.dobs.state.pa.us, or by phone 800-722-2657.