Warning issued about Toronto-based company

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FSCO continues to crack down on unlicensed financial companies attempting to circumvent the use of mortgage brokers by dealing directly with the public.

“The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is warning consumers that S.S.F Consultants is not licensed to do mortgage brokering business in Ontario,” FSCO states in an official release. “This company has been soliciting mortgage business from the public, dealing, trading and lending in mortgages, through their website, http://ssfconsultants.ca/.”

However, according to the company’s website, it offers fee-based comparison and referral services as referring clients to insurance, real estate, loans, accounting, and other professional services.

"It's incorrect. When you go to our website, when it says who we are and what we do it doesn't say we're mortgage brokers ... it says we are consultants who refer to professionals; we are not brokers," Mustafa Brown, operating manager of S.S.F Consultants told MortgageBrokerNews.ca. "FSCO's issue was that the website mentioned mortgages but we took out any mention of mortgages."

This is the third such warning issued by FSCO against companies looking to circumvent FSCO rules by avoiding the use of mortgage brokers and dealing directly with the public.

FSCO has provided the contact details for the company as well:

3250 Bloor Street West, 6th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M8X 2X9
Phone: 416-514-0803
Email: info@ssfconsultants.ca
“Consumers should exercise caution if they are contacted by anyone from these coordinates,” FSCO states.
  • Rod on 2015-04-22 9:43:07 AM

    Why are they not being heavily fined, a third warning ? Apparently the first 2 did nothing to stop their activities, so lets issue a 3 or 4 and maybe, possibly, hopefully they go away.

  • YYCBroker on 2015-04-22 9:52:24 AM

    I believe the article states it's the 3rd company to be warned. Not a repeat warning.

  • errol on 2015-04-22 11:30:51 AM

    I would also like to warn everyone for greater fool out on the street willing to pay fortune for the house on the speculative confidence that an even greater fool will magically appear to pay an even greater fortune for the same house a few years hence.

  • Jesse D on 2015-04-22 3:43:45 PM

    Truthfully, we do not know what these guys are all about. I see this as someone complaining to FSCO and FSCO jumping the gun again and playing God. SSF do not claim to do mortgages nor to be licensed to do so. We also do not know if they charge fees up-front or once the mortgage funds do they get a referral fee. This article was premature with no content.

  • Christa on 2015-04-22 7:14:05 PM

    Not bad for national promotion for those dudes by FSCO. Their phone got to be ringing off the hook. LOL!

  • Mario on 2015-04-23 12:05:54 PM

    Would you call if there was a warning on a company..!

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