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Consumer Alert: Don't fall victim to refinance fraud

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If you're trying to refinance your home or business, be careful.

"I started getting the funny feeling that something just wasn't right," said one woman who wanted to remain anonymous.

Her instinct was right. The small business owner and her husband needed to refinance their business, but their bank turned them down.

"Our mortgage company gave us his information and he said he was basically capable of getting anything done that none of the other lenders would be able to do," she said.

The "he" she was referring to was Charles Grove, who operated a company called CG Financial.

"He would ask them for an up front advance fee. They come up with this money and in some cases they have to borrow the money for the advance fee from friends, relatives or whatever because they are deathly afraid of losing their business," said US Postal Inspector Michael Egner.

Hope quickly turned to disappointment.

"Whenever we were supposed to meet or discuss the details, something would come up. His Mom would be in the hospital or he had to travel for another client," said the victim.

"These people are skilled at putting people off. That is part of the game," Egner added.

Grove is accused of duping 32 victims out of more than $350,000.

Postal inspectors say consumer trying to refinance should ask for references, call each and ask many questions:

"Finding out that it was a scam the whole time that was the most hurtful. So many people try to promise you things but you can't trust them," said another anonymous victim.

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