Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces That Internet Site Designed To Scam Residents Has Been Shut Down
Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that investigators from his Office of Consumer Protection have shut down a website that was attempting to scam Kentuckians by promising a guaranteed loan in exchange for a payment of several thousand dollars.
“Right now consumers are vulnerable because credit markets are frozen and they are struggling to keep their jobs and pay the bills,” General Conway said. “I want our citizens to know that no legitimate financial institution will require you to pay money up front as a condition of securing a loan.”
The website, Rothwellfinancial.com, was shut down Thursday. The company claimed it was operating out of a dummy address on Linn Station Road in Louisville. The Office of the Attorney General received 27 complaints about the company and worked with the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to shut down the site. The site appears to be based in Singapore. At this time, investigators do not believe there have been victims in Kentucky, but people in other states have been swindled out of at least $50,000.
“These types of scams seem to be more prevalent in challenging economic times,” General Conway said. “If you receive a solicitation of this type by fax, phone or email, you should immediately discard it, disconnect it or delete it.”
If you have been a victim of this scam, you may contact the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257.