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[JUNE 12, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- State Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, was recently notified of a consumer scam and is warning constituents in the 50th District to be wary of making purchases from or providing credit information to unknown solicitors.

A constituent was approached by a credit card company identifying itself as Consumer Capital Services. The constituent was promised a secured credit card in 20 days, upon payment of $299, but has yet to receive the credit card. Attempts to contact the vendor have been unsuccessful.

Although the company claimed to be located in Princeton, N.J., further exploration revealed that the company is actually located in Canada and is also known as Consumer Capital Network. Additionally, the consumer does not receive an actual credit card but is instead sent a credit repair kit.

Sen. Bomke is advising area residents to be cautious when purchasing items from an unfamiliar merchant. He is also encouraging anyone who is contacted by either Consumer Capital Services or Consumer Capital Network to contact the attorney general's office immediately. A consumer complaint form is available at http://www.ag.state.il.us/consumers/index.html, and reports of fraud can be made by calling (800) 243-0618.

[Illinois Senate Republican Caucus
news release]

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