Astute Financial Solutions — Scam / High pressure sales techniques / Unlicensed to provide written financial advice
Astute Financial Services - ABN [protected] - Company Director - Craig Eric Lynch
BEWARE - THIS IS THE RE-BORN "Paramount Finance & Investment Services" and "Auseagle Financial Solutions"
See this page for PFIS - Paramount Finance And Investments — Beware, they are shonks
See this page for Auseagle Financial Solutions - Auseagle Financial Solutions & Paramount Finance And Investment Services — Warning
Beware, if you receive a cold call from the above companies offering a free financial consultation. DON’T DO IT! They will tell you that they can reduce your mortgage in half the time and sell you a plan. They will charge you $396 for the service and present you a plan that tells you to invest in properties in Queensland.
The plan is prepared on an Excel spreadsheet and it is a generic plan. They will tell you that it is prepared for your individual situation but this is not so. On this plan they will advise you that you should refinance your mortgage into:
1. A Special Finance Facility (It’s a Line of Credit) of $30K
2. A Variable Rate Loan to the value of your current home loan and other loans
3. Another Variable Rate Loan of an amount that will finance part of the purchase on a new property in Queensland
4. Another Variable Rate Loan for the construction or purchase of a new property in Queensland
If you are one of the lucky ones that qualify for a property, they will try to sell you an investment in Queensland and it will cost you on top of the purchase price $7997 for their service. If you are only refinancing, this amount will also be charged.
Note that for every property that they sell, they get up to $50K in commission from the builder - something they do not tell you. This amount comes from the purchase so you the customers are actually paying for it. This is the main reason that the valuations of the properties they sell always comes in lower than the purchase price. If you also allow them to organize the finance for the whole thing, they also receive up front commissions from the banks of up to 1% of your total loan as well as up to 0.25% of your total loan in trail commissions.
So you see, you the customers should not be paying anything, the company make enough money on their commission not to charge you $396 and $7997.
If you are unhappy with the plan, they will NOT refund you the money. If by chance you do not want to proceed with the purchase, they will try to charge part or all of the $7997 fee. There was this time where one of their clients was diagnosed of terminal cancer and wanted not to proceed. So they charged him (a dying man) $4000.
If you do happen to proceed, please check the contracts properly. They tend to get you to sign blank contracts and application forms during the meeting. Ask to take the contracts with you after the meeting and obtain INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE! before signing.
It would be prudent for you to do your research as well. Do not rely on the research paper they give you on the plan. Some of the information on it is over 3 years old - and it hasn't been updated for a while.
READ ABOUT THIS COMPANY AND HOW IT OPERATES. BEWARE OF DEALING WITH THESE CROOKS!