The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) protects consumers and oversees financial service providers and products. The DBO supervises the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions and money transmitters. Additionally, the DBO licenses and regulates a variety of financial service providers, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, payday lenders and other consumer finance lenders. For a complete list of the types of financial services providers and industries regulated by the DBO, go to

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Consumer Alerts

Unlicensed Bank Warning: Greenwood Commercial Bank (11/28/2016)

The DBO on Nov. 9 issued a cease and desist order against Greenwood Commercial Bank in Oakland to stop it from operating without a license.  It is not authorized to transact business as a bank.  Read more at the Consumer Alerts page.

Steve McFarlane dba Courageous Investment Solutions LLC and/or ADVANCE AMERICA, CASH ADVANCE CENTERS OF CALIFORNIA, LLC - ADVANCE FEE SCAM (08/12/2016)

The DBO has received reports of what appears to be an advanced fee loan scam wherein a consumer receives correspondence from “Steve A. McFarlane” with a Missouri address, doing business as “Courageous Investment Solutions LLC” or “Advance America” and/or “Cash Advance Centers of California LLC.” Read more at the Consumer Alerts page


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