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CMI Enterprises Informative - FHA refund recovery scam

Review by old fart on 2008-03-07
SAGINAW, MICHIGAN -- I was contacted by telephone by a company called GMI Incorporated, based(they said) in Portland Oregon.

They called themselves a 3rd party recovery program.

The idea was to contact homeowners who had paid off their FHA loans and inform them that they had money coming back on their loans.

All I had to do was to send CMI check for $69 dollars and they would send out a computer generated list of people to contact.

For every contact I successfully made, the U.S GOVERNMENT would send ME a check for between $400 and $800 dollars.

Pretty sweet eh?
I called the number I got when I spoke to their operator and of course I got the same sales pitch repeated to me before..
The number is unlisted on line but for what it's worth it is 971-285-3130 in Portland, Oregon..

I have forwarded this information to the local FBI office and await their call back in order to satisfy my curiosity if this is a new scam or an old racket with a new name..

For all you folks that are new to this site, remember, if you have to pay someone for the opportunity to make a buck, it's almost always a scam...
Comments:18 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-09-16
Posted by JustLady on 2008-03-07:
Thanks for the info!
Posted by Principissa on 2008-03-07:
Thank you for posting this! I'm happy to see you didn't fall for such an obvious scam! I would never give anyone my money to make money.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-07:
Good post, OF!

"if you have to pay someone for the opportunity to make a buck, it's almost always a scam."

Good words, simple concept. I'm gonna be sure to mention this to my son.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-03-07:
good post OF
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-03-07:
Old F...report it on here as well...I see others have had that same call...

http://whocalled.us/lookup/9712853130
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-07:
Great info and post Old Fart, thanks!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-03-07:
Old F...I traced that phone number to:
SW Naito Parkway at the corner of SW Market St. In Portland.

Give me a few more mintues and I'll have more detailed info for you.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-03-07:
dang! DB's good, ain't she!
The Gen'ral takes care of the troops.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-03-07:
Type: Land Line
Provider: Level 3 Communications
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-03-07:
Address ... TBA
Posted by old fart on 2008-03-07:
I found the same thing Bash... it's probably some kind of boiler room operation... I hope the feds can give me more info..
Posted by Principissa on 2008-03-07:
I worry about all of those people who don't realize this is a scam and fall for it. I hope they can put a stop to it before it gets really bad.
Posted by old fart on 2008-03-07:
I'm still waiting for my 500,000 british pounds from the Coca-cola on line sweepstakes..I must really have a word with those folks...I won it fair and square...LOL
Posted by Principissa on 2008-03-07:
Hey OF according to some poster on here I work for Coke so I'll try and help you. *wink*
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2008-03-07:
This is somewhat legitimate. The FHA does refund a portion of the mortgage insurance premium when you pay off an FHA mortgage. But they don't automatically refund your money and most folks don't know to ask for it.

So this business has popped up in the past few years where you get these lists of paid off loans and you track down the homeowner at their new address - you offer to help them get their $$$ back for a percentage of the total.

But the lists are free from the FHA - you don't need this company in Portland charging you $69 for the list. So that's why I say it's somewhat legitimate - there is a list you will get. But the big problem is this - these lists are so well known that as soon as FHA comes out with a new one these people get bombarded with phone calls. The chances of you actually finding someone that's entitled to a refund is pretty slim.
Posted by old fart on 2008-03-07:
This company is also known Gorilla Marketing,My wealth secrets inc, and Teachers Toolbox

The site even has the names of the owners, there kid's names, other phone numbers and the name of their rock band and the names of the musicians and the instruments..LOL

They sound like a lovely bunch of coconuts...
Posted by old fart on 2008-03-07:
More info can be found on www.whocallsme.com.
They have more Phone numbers than Carter's got pills....
Posted by brian torres on 2012-09-16:
third party tracing is not new....ordinary research would have shown you that the government doesnt pay third party tracers....hud/fha clearly states that third party tracers are legal on its webpage,your problem is with a specific group of people...while i dont think its right that you trusted an untrustworthy group of people ,i equally disagree with you bashing all third party tracers

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