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Bellview Financial Group is an Advanced Fee Loan Scam. Stay Away.

NOTE: The following investigation is the result of a scam report submitted by Marcia. You can submit a scam report here.

“Dear Steve,

I WAS TOLD I COULD GET A $10000 LOAN BUT I HAD TO PAY $2400 UP FRONT. LIKE A FOOL I DID, I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BECAUSE I HAD TO WIRE IT TO SPAIN. HOW STUPID!!!!

THE COMPANY WAS BELLVIEW FINANCIAL GROUP. NOW THE PHONE NUMBER THEY GAVE US NOT LONGER CAN BE USED TO GET AHOLD OF ANDREW SHIELDS.I AM AT A LOST AND DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO. I OWE SO MANY PEOPLE FOR THEIR FAITH IN ME AND NOW MY BILLS ARE LATE AND I MAY LOOSE MY HOUSE BECAUSE I AM 2 MONTHS BEHIND IN MY RENT.

Marcia”

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The Answer

Dear Marcia,

I’m afraid you got scammed out of your $2,400. At least it certainly appears that way.

I found the website for Bellview Financial Group, who in a previous domain name registration claimed to be located at:

Bellview Financial Group
1192 Hansen Road
Green Bay,WI 08210
The zip code is actually for NJ but they list another zip code on their website of 54304.

I spoke to the realtor that handles the building they listed as their office address but he did not recognize the name.

The number associated with that domain is 877-628-6336 and the number was answered by an automated message that would not let me connect with anyone nor leave a message.

I attempted to reach the public email address associated of [email protected] but it bounced back with a message that no such user existed.

The Bellview Financial Group site looks real at first glance, but it’s not.

Bellview Financial Group is an Advanced Fee Loan Scam. Stay Away.

Other warning signs this is a scam is that they do not list any person on their website, a search for Bellview Financial Group reveled they are not registered with the State of Wisconsin, and the server the website is located on is in Paris, France.

Bellview Financial Group is an Advanced Fee Loan Scam. Stay Away.

It appears you are not the only person to have been scammed.

i applied for a personal loan and recived a call from belview finacial the man said his name was simon york and i was aproved for a 20000 dollar loan but i needed to send 1975 dollars witch was equal to 5 months payments so i did by western union and faxed back the signed contract well the next day i got a call stating they needed another 1975 dollars i said i didnt have it so i asked for a refund and was told i could get it by certified check by tuesday may 31 but i didnt and i called the number back and got no answer. – Source

i have the same problem i spoke to simon york first and then andrew shields and did there western union andrew said that they would deposite my loan and now when i call it says ext is in valid . i had to borrow the money to do this they said i was aproved for 7,000 dollars now i cant seem to get ahold of anyone even when i fax they dont respond .i even tried to find a local phone number and it seems there isnt one . i sent them almost 3000 dollars. and now im in a real bad way . i dont know what to do . can anyone help me please. – Source

Marcia, you should call your local police and file a police report. Then, since you live in Michigan, file a complaint online with the Michigan Attorney General here. You should also file an online complaint with the State of Wisconsin, and you can do that here.

You may need to click here to find a local bankruptcy attorney to help protect you from your current creditors and prevent you from being evicted.

Please post your responses and follow-up messages to me on this in the comments section below.

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  • Stephanie

    i was looking for a loan for surgery i needed to have i ran across the website bellview financial with andrew shields ext 151 its been a month or so i was told to send 900 to him western union to get 5000 that was for the first payments i did then the next morning not there i call back he said send another amount around the same i did like a dummy now i am out 1,926 i contacted western union no help better bussiness bureau of wi no help they closed the case the police here in my town of beckley west virginia no help i also obtained a lawyer who later dropped the case he said it was hopeless what can i do i have contacted everyone please help me i am ready to loose everything thanks

  • stephanie Lilly

    i was taken for 1,926 by andrew shields

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Sorry to hear you got ripped off.

  • Steve Rhode

    No legitimate lender I’ve ever seen will give a real loan to folks in a bad situation with bad credit. All I’ve ever seen are being being scammed in those situations. 

    The best situation would be to contact the bank you owe money to and work out a payment plan. Until then check with the folks that are depositing funds and see if they can deposit them on an ATM card. Some will.

    Check with a local credit union and see if they will be a bit more lenient in opening an account for you. The issue is that banks are not in the business of wanting to lose money and as long as your bank is reporting a negative balance it might appear when another bank runs a background check prior to opening an account.

  • shawnw4x4

    hi steve you probably dont want to hear from me it probably seems like im just bugging you to death im sorry for that. i was scammed by bellview financial and lost $3000 dollars after bieng promised a loan for7000 dollars and was waiting on deposite that never happened and phones that quit working.

    i sent you a question a little bit ago i hope you will answer it … i also have another question for you maybe you can help me with. as you know i have been trying to find aloan sense the scam to cover bills and things .and at same time trying to work on my credit to well i have run into a snag and not sure what to do part of the reason for the loan was to pay things off and catch up my bills and fix my car. i know a big mess uggg well part of the loan was to pay an old bank account so i can get a checking account well i dont have the money to do that now .do you have any idea what i can do . it seems that most things now require a checking account i would have one know but that scam sucked me dry . can you please help me out !!!

    i sat down and with my monthly income for june i was able to make half  of my may rent and will be able to make all of my june rent and my landlord and worked out a deal for the rest of my may rent.  i was able to make my may car payment and by the end of june will be able to make my june car payment and i will be able to pay the rest of my bills and be back on track next month but man is it gonna be tight . the car will just have to sit for a while and as far as figuring out haw to get back the money i lost not sure there yet but have atleast  got the main bills straight again for now. any information you can give me would be of great help . i really need some help to get straightened out .  thanks shawn

  • Anonymous

    hi steve you probably dont want to hear from me it probably seems like im just bugging you to death im sorry for that. i was scammed by bellview financial and lost $3000 dollars after bieng promised a loan for7000 dollars and was waiting on deposite that never happened and phones that quit working.

    i sent you a question a little bit ago i hope you will answer it … i also have another question for you maybe you can help me with. as you know i have been trying to find aloan sense the scam to cover bills and things .and at same time trying to work on my credit to well i have run into a snag and not sure what to do part of the reason for the loan was to pay things off and catch up my bills and fix my car. i know a big mess uggg well part of the loan was to pay an old bank account so i can get a checking account well i dont have the money to do that now .do you have any idea what i can do . it seems that most things now require a checking account i would have one know but that scam sucked me dry . can you please help me out !!!

    i sat down and with my monthly income for june i was able to make half  of my may rent and will be able to make all of my june rent and my landlord and worked out a deal for the rest of my may rent.  i was able to make my may car payment and by the end of june will be able to make my june car payment and i will be able to pay the rest of my bills and be back on track next month but man is it gonna be tight . the car will just have to sit for a while and as far as figuring out haw to get back the money i lost not sure there yet but have atleast  got the main bills straight again for now. any information you can give me would be of great help . i really need some help to get straightened out .  thanks shawn

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      No legitimate lender I’ve ever seen will give a real loan to folks in a bad situation with bad credit. All I’ve ever seen are being being scammed in those situations. 

      The best situation would be to contact the bank you owe money to and work out a payment plan. Until then check with the folks that are depositing funds and see if they can deposit them on an ATM card. Some will.

      Check with a local credit union and see if they will be a bit more lenient in opening an account for you. The issue is that banks are not in the business of wanting to lose money and as long as your bank is reporting a negative balance it might appear when another bank runs a background check prior to opening an account. 

  • shawnw4x4

    ok the fax kept saying busy . and i have another question for you also please thank you .

  • Steve Rhode

    I’ll check in the morning.

  • shawnw4x4

    hey steve did you get the to sheets i faxed to you per our conversation?

  • shawnw4x4

    hi steve do you have any idea what i can do ? im totally lost please advise  thank you shawn

  • Anonymous

    hi steve do you have any idea what i can do ? im totally lost please advise  thank you shawn

  • Steve Rhode

    You are most likely not going to get a loan. It might be better to address the underlying debt problem.

  • shawnw4x4

    hi steve did you see why i need the loan very badly im in a very bad way now. and did you see my response to your question about my debt i really need help in the worst way please help me

  • shawnw4x4

    hi steve did you my reply to your question about why i need the loan and the reply to your question about how much dept i have …  can you help me please i am in a very bad way now.

  • La_Queisha

    No, I don’t have anything except for the city and country. I was told my western union that they could provide the police with the information on where the money was picked up. What do you mean about ID? I did not know no that they asked for very few information when people go to pick up money. I thought they would have to fill out a form or something to collect the money. I don’t think I’ll ever use western union again. It does not sound reliable enough to me.

  • shawnw4x4

    my dept acording to my credit report is transunion balances 3579.00 payments 221.00 experian balances 11919.00 payments 221.00and equifax balances 10900.00  payments 685.00 . i have alot of medical bills also .  currently the bills i have been paying that are why i need the loan so very badly are my rent,electric,water,home phone, internet,tv,cell phones,and car payment which are all behind now because i had to use my bill money when i had stroke in illanoise for motel and food for my wife and kids til i got out of hospital. i really need help in the worst way. please help me .  thank you shawn

  • Steve Rhode

    How much debt do you have?

  • shawnw4x4

    hi steve i need the loan because i went to illanois to help a friend that was stranded was supposed to be a one day trip . but while i was there i had a major stroke and turned into a lot longer trip and had to use my bill money to pay for food and motel for my wife and kids then when i got released i was on the way back and the transmission in my car broke but managed to get it back home. and now all my bills are behind and i have a car that needs repair. so i really need a loan to get everything back on track and fix my car.  thanks shawn

  • shawnw4x4

    i replied to your message

  • Steve Rhode

    I think the chances you will find a loan are slim to none. So let’s tackle the underlying problem. Why did you want the loan?

  • shawnw4x4

    steve do you have any ideas to help me with getting a loan ?  thank you shawn

  • shawnw4x4

    which info on this page do i need to use ?

  • shawnw4x4

    do you have any idea thart can help i really need a loan sense i got scammed worse than ever now.   who do i need to contact to give the information i have to ?  please help if you have any ideas where i can get a loan lending club cant give me a loan my score is under 600…

  • Steve Rhode

    Shawn, Contact me using information on this page.

  • shawnw4x4

    thats the site i was looking at my score is under 600 which is to low for them to give me a loan . i can repay a loan  i am just having trouble getting a loan . and now sense i got scammed i really need to find a loan in the worst way.     who do i need to contact about bellview that i can give the info i have?

  • Steve Rhode

    If your credit score is 700 or better, try LendingClub.com.

    In general, bad credit loan applicants are perfect targets for scams because they are desperate.

  • shawnw4x4

    ok the fax number i have is still working is why i was asking .thought maybe it could be traced or somthing. who can i get in touch with to maybe get them the information i have. and i looked at the one loan site you like but my credit score is not high enough for them to give me a loan do you have any ideas where i can get a loan to help?

  • Steve Rhode

    Unfortunately a phone number could be a VOIP number and accessed from anywhere in the world. The scam debt collector calls some people are getting now are coming from India and Pakistan but look like U.S. numbers.

    All of the details you can provide help to paint a bigger picture of who is behind this. That may help an investigation, may prevent someone else from getting taken.

  • shawnw4x4

    steve can a fax number be traced and if so do you think it would lead us to them? i have all the papers they sent to me and emails and western union things i even have the ceo signiture and name. they had me western union to 2 different places and 2 different poeple do you think any of this will help?

  • Steve Rhode

    Unfortunately the best you can probably do is file a report with the FBI, FTC and local police. 

    Seeing how these folks appear to be international and somewhere in Spain or France, sadly, it is unlikely you will get your money back.

    The only hope would be if we could find a connection back into the U.S. but as of yet, besides what is most probably a fake address, I have not seen one.

  • shawnw4x4

    steve i havnt been able to find the answer from my question about bellview financial is there anything i can do? they promised me a 7000 deposite then when i called the phones said invalid extension on any number i tried please help.   shawn

  • Anonymous

    steve i havnt been able to find the answer from my question about bellview financial is there anything i can do? they promised me a 7000 deposite then when i called the phones said invalid extension on any number i tried please help.   shawn

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Unfortunately the best you can probably do is file a report with the FBI, FTC and local police. 

      Seeing how these folks appear to be international and somewhere in Spain or France, sadly, it is unlikely you will get your money back.

      The only hope would be if we could find a connection back into the U.S. but as of yet, besides what is most probably a fake address, I have not seen one.

      • Anonymous

        steve can a fax number be traced and if so do you think it would lead us to them? i have all the papers they sent to me and emails and western union things i even have the ceo signiture and name. they had me western union to 2 different places and 2 different poeple do you think any of this will help?

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        Unfortunately a phone number could be a VOIP number and accessed from anywhere in the world. The scam debt collector calls some people are getting now are coming from India and Pakistan but look like U.S. numbers.

        All of the details you can provide help to paint a bigger picture of who is behind this. That may help an investigation, may prevent someone else from getting taken.

      • Anonymous

        ok the fax number i have is still working is why i was asking .thought maybe it could be traced or somthing. who can i get in touch with to maybe get them the information i have. and i looked at the one loan site you like but my credit score is not high enough for them to give me a loan do you have any ideas where i can get a loan to help?

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        If your credit score is 700 or better, try LendingClub.com.

        In general, bad credit loan applicants are perfect targets for scams because they are desperate.

      • Anonymous

        thats the site i was looking at my score is under 600 which is to low for them to give me a loan . i can repay a loan  i am just having trouble getting a loan . and now sense i got scammed i really need to find a loan in the worst way.     who do i need to contact about bellview that i can give the info i have?

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        Shawn, Contact me using information on this page.

      • Anonymous

        do you have any idea thart can help i really need a loan sense i got scammed worse than ever now.   who do i need to contact to give the information i have to ?  please help if you have any ideas where i can get a loan lending club cant give me a loan my score is under 600…

      • Anonymous

        which info on this page do i need to use ?

      • Anonymous

        steve do you have any ideas to help me with getting a loan ?  thank you shawn

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        I think the chances you will find a loan are slim to none. So let’s tackle the underlying problem. Why did you want the loan?

      • Anonymous

        hi steve i need the loan because i went to illanois to help a friend that was stranded was supposed to be a one day trip . but while i was there i had a major stroke and turned into a lot longer trip and had to use my bill money to pay for food and motel for my wife and kids then when i got released i was on the way back and the transmission in my car broke but managed to get it back home. and now all my bills are behind and i have a car that needs repair. so i really need a loan to get everything back on track and fix my car.  thanks shawn

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        How much debt do you have?

      • Anonymous

        my dept acording to my credit report is transunion balances 3579.00 payments 221.00 experian balances 11919.00 payments 221.00and equifax balances 10900.00  payments 685.00 . i have alot of medical bills also .  currently the bills i have been paying that are why i need the loan so very badly are my rent,electric,water,home phone, internet,tv,cell phones,and car payment which are all behind now because i had to use my bill money when i had stroke in illanoise for motel and food for my wife and kids til i got out of hospital. i really need help in the worst way. please help me .  thank you shawn

      • Anonymous

        hi steve did you my reply to your question about why i need the loan and the reply to your question about how much dept i have …  can you help me please i am in a very bad way now.

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        You are most likely not going to get a loan. It might be better to address the underlying debt problem.

      • Anonymous

        hey steve did you get the to sheets i faxed to you per our conversation?

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        I’ll check in the morning.

      • Anonymous

        ok the fax kept saying busy . and i have another question for you also please thank you .

      • Anonymous

        i replied to your message

  • Steve Rhode

    What was the Western Union ID and receiver information? Did they give you a receiver address?

  • La_Queisha

    I hope so. I have contacted everyone that I can think of. I wish I would have contacted the police before the phones stop working maybe they could of traced the call or something. I have never been in a sitution like this. I will be sure to let as many people that I know not to get involved with loan companies on the internet. These people are not concerned with out children, family, or financial situations.

  • La_Queisha

    It was to Elliott Fontein in Madrid, Spain. He told me that the company dealt with local as well as international companies. I thought something was funny about it, but I agreed to send it because he assured me that the paperwork was legally binding. I feel so stupid because I am educated. I asked questions, but I sent the money because I found nothing that was negative. I just sent the information in to the attorney general. I hope these people are at least caught for mistreating people.

  • Steve Rhode

    Can you share the Western Union information they told you to send the money to?

  • Deidra

    I had the same experience, EXACT! I’m so pissed at myself for falling for it, and I’m out $937. Can these people be prosecuted? So far Simon York’s email is working, it hasn’t come back as invaild.

    Damn!

  • Steve Rhode

    Can you please share the Western Union details he said to send the money to?

  • La_Queisha

    Marcia,

    I had the same experience. I was contacted by Simon York from Bellview Financial Group who told me that I would be able receive a loan in the amount of 5,000 if I paid 930.00 in collateral. I paid through western union and faxed the documents as you did. The next day, I called Simon about my 5,000, and he tranfered me to the manager who said that was a problem. I immediately became afraid that I was scammed. Simon assured me that it was not, so I wanted to see if I would receive my refund on May 31, 2011 so I wiated before I contacted the local police. I have contacted western union, thee BBB in Wisconsin, the FTC, and others. It’s ashame that there are people out that who think it is okay. I will do whatever need to at least have these people prosecuted.

  • La_Queisha

    Marcia,

    I had the same experience. I was contacted by Simon York from Bellview Financial Group who told me that I would be able receive a loan in the amount of 5,000 if I paid 930.00 in collateral. I paid through western union and faxed the documents as you did. The next day, I called Simon about my 5,000, and he tranfered me to the manager who said that was a problem. I immediately became afraid that I was scammed. Simon assured me that it was not, so I wanted to see if I would receive my refund on May 31, 2011 so I wiated before I contacted the local police. I have contacted western union, thee BBB in Wisconsin, the FTC, and others. It’s ashame that there are people out that who think it is okay. I will do whatever need to at least have these people prosecuted.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      Can you please share the Western Union details he said to send the money to?

      • La_Queisha

        It was to Elliott Fontein in Madrid, Spain. He told me that the company dealt with local as well as international companies. I thought something was funny about it, but I agreed to send it because he assured me that the paperwork was legally binding. I feel so stupid because I am educated. I asked questions, but I sent the money because I found nothing that was negative. I just sent the information in to the attorney general. I hope these people are at least caught for mistreating people. 

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        What was the Western Union ID and receiver information? Did they give you a receiver address?

      • La_Queisha

        No, I don’t have anything except for the city and country. I was told my western union that they could provide the police with the information on where the money was picked up. What do you mean about ID? I did not know no that they asked for very few information when people go to pick up money. I thought they would have to fill out a form or something to collect the money. I don’t think I’ll ever use western union again. It does not sound reliable enough to me.

    • Deidra

      I had the same experience, EXACT! I’m so pissed at myself for falling for it, and I’m out $937. Can these people be prosecuted? So far Simon York’s email is working, it hasn’t come back as invaild.

      Damn!

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        Can you share the Western Union information they told you to send the money to?

      • Anonymous

        hi steve did you see why i need the loan very badly im in a very bad way now. and did you see my response to your question about my debt i really need help in the worst way please help me

      • La_Queisha

        I hope so. I have contacted everyone that I can think of. I wish I would have contacted the police before the phones stop working maybe they could of traced the call or something. I have never been in a sitution like this. I will be sure to let as many people that I know not to get involved with loan companies on the internet. These people are not concerned with out children, family, or financial situations.

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