APD looking into potential scam

ALBANY -- A Las Vegas company might be trying to steal money from small businesses with a loan application scam, an Albany Police Department official said.

"A resident got a notice about a loan company named Pacific Corporate Services," APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said. "He just wanted the police to be aware of the company reaching him about a loan. He wanted to make sure it is no scam."

Officers in the Financial Crimes Unit would like to talk to anyone who has had dealings with Pacific Corporate Services. The unit's contact number is (229) 431-3288.

The inquiry has included officers speaking with a former small business loan official. Banks said the conversation about small business loan procedures raised red flags.

Banks said, "The company wanted money sent in before obtaining the loan."

A call to the company led to a customer service employee, Chris Mazzoni, who said the company helps with paperwork to obtain small business loans. It doesn't loan money, he added.

Mazzoni transferred the call to another customer service representative who wouldn't identify himself. He said he didn't feel comfortable talking about the business or its operation other than to say the company was a legal operation.

A Better Business Bureau of Southern Nevada spokeswoman said the company was licensed in June as a grant-writing business. In that time, it has had two complaints against it.

The spokeswoman recommended the better Business Bureau's website southernnevada.bbb.org/find-business-reviews to check on the company.

According to the website, the company has an A- rating with two complaints against it since it began operations.

Whether the company is legitimate or a scam, Banks said that checking out a company through the police is a good idea.