by Structured Settlement Watchdog®
123 Any Lane Springfield, Missouri is a bogus address for domain registrations that are tied to a Georgia factoring operation. The following domain name registrations also include a bogus phone number (404)555-4545 (i.e. one that is not operational).
- Greendogfunding.com, live website, no address, requests personal information. Toll-free number is not clearly displayed on the website. Only displayed in title header, which is often hard to view if a person is using a smartphone, Ipad, or has a photo or screensaver for a desktop backgroundNo record of Green Dog Funding with the Missouri Secretary of State.Download Missouri Secretary of State Green Dog Funding 6-9-2012 Comes Up Empty
The email address davidmac20 (at) gmail.com that appears on the whois record for all of these domain registrations turns out to be that of a former employee with Fairfield Funding.
Bogus domain registrations concern The Structured Settlement Watchdog™, because bogus domain registrations enhance the potential for bad actors in the structured settlement factoring industry (or any industry in which services that are about providing advice about money, handling money or disposition of financial assets) are being merchandised), or those acting at the direction or in concert with them to confuse and abuse consumers.
We are not in any way suggesting that the former employee of Fairfield Funding is a bad actor, but we strongly question the motivation of ANYONE using a website that targets vulnerable American consumers for their personal information without a prominent display of the legal name of the company and essential contact details.
Consumers can do their part by:
- Checking out the domain name registration of any website they visit. Avoid non USA websites that use privacy registration. Avoid USA sites that use privacy protected domain registration if there is no valid contact information on the website.
- Not filling out or submitting any online forms appearing on such websites, or encourage the ongoing behavior by submitting your personal details.
- Check to see if the company soliciting you is registered to do business in your state. Because no licensing is required at the moment due to a regulatory brain fart, this may be the only way to know in advance how easy or difficult it would be to seek redress if things go wrong. For example, as you can see above, the Missouri Secretary of State shows no record for Green Dog Funding despite the fact that the domain registration of the website that Green Dog uses to solicit business shows an address in the state. For "bits and kibbles" I also checked Connecticut and New York and they too came up empty for Green Dog Funding.
- Contacting the The Structured Settlement Watchdog™ with any information that you think might be helpful to other structured settlement consumers that are contemplating setting up a structured settlement or have been approached to sell a structured settlement.