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Phony Payday Loan Lenders Lose Rolls Royce and Ferrari

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The operators of a Tampa, Florida-based payday loan broker scheme have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely promised to help consumers get loans, but instead used consumers’ personal financial data to take money from their bank accounts without their consent. Claiming to be affiliated with a network of 120 potential payday lenders, defendants Sean C. Mulrooney ... Read More »

NC Files Suit Against CashCall and Western Sky Financial to Stop Payday Loans

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Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced taking action against an online payday loan enterprise that attempted to use Indian Tribal lenders to skirt laws on these types of loans. You can read all about that here. The State of North Carolina, in an effort to try and protect its citizens, also filed suit against CashCall and Western Sky Financial. ... Read More »

CFPB Sues CashCall for Illegal Loan Servicing

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau action taken today against an online lender and Indian Tribe lender may just be the first big step to eradicating these loophole loans which charge consumers more than they should pay. In some cases the loans are voided and consumers do not need to repay anything. Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took its ... Read More »

When Lenders Sue, Quick Cash Can Turn Into a Lifetime of Debt

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by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Dec. 13, 2013, 10:47 a.m. A version of this story will be published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday. Five years ago, Naya Burks of St. Louis borrowed $1,000 from AmeriCash Loans. The money came at a steep price: She had to pay back $1,737 over six months. “I really needed the cash, and that ... Read More »

Fake Payday Loan Collectors Halted by Court

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation based in Atlanta and Cleveland that allegedly used deceptive and threatening tactics to collect phantom payday loan “debts” that consumers either did not owe, or did not owe to the defendants. The court order freezes the defendants’ assets to preserve the possibility of providing ... Read More »

FTC Slams Phony Payday Lender to Ground

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted a Tampa, Florida-based operation that promised to help consumers get payday loans. Instead of loans, the defendants used consumers’ personal financial information to debit their bank accounts in increments of $30 without their authorization, the FTC alleged. Claiming to be affiliated with a network of 120 ... Read More »

Payday Lenders in Texas Try to Dodge Law

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by Paul Kiel ProPublica Alarmed by the explosion of high-cost lending in the state, cities across Texas have passed ordinances to prevent the cycle of debt that short-term, high-cost loans can create. But some big lenders are finding clever ways around the laws — like giving away cash for free. TitleMax promises to “make getting cash easy!” To get a ... Read More »

Western Sky Financial Pulls up Stakes

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You know those pesky Western Sky Financial payday loan commercials that have infected our televisions? They will soon be a thing of the past apparently. Western Sky Financial had been making payday loans all over the United States and charging problematic interest rates. The company felt they were exempt from state laws because they are owned and operated by the ... Read More »

How Payday Lenders Fight to Stay Legal

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by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Aug. 2, 2013, 9 a.m. A version of this story was co-published with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As the Rev. Susan McCann stood outside a public library in Springfield, Mo., last year, she did her best to persuade passers-by to sign an initiative to ban high-cost payday loans. But it was difficult to keep her composure, ... Read More »

Perpetuating Poverty: Exploitative Businesses, the Urban Poor, and the Failure of Liberal Reform

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Here is a new paper out that may be of interest to all who want to know more about rent-to-own, payday lending and the title loan business. David Papke from the Marquette University Law School is to be commended for this paper. “This article scrutinizes the rent-to-own, payday lending, and title pawn businesses – all of which target and exploit ... Read More »

Payday Loan Reality: What It Is, What It Does, and Who Falls in the Trap

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The kind folks over at Pew Trust did a great series on payday loans to help make them more understandable. The videos help to explain the pros and cons of payday loans and why they can be helpful for some and incredibly expensive for most. The payday loan issue is another one of those situations where when used appropriately it ... Read More »

Soldiers Wounded by Debt, Not Bullets

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by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace, May 15, 2013, 5:50 a.m.by Paul Kiel and Krista Kjellman Schmidt, ProPublica, May 15 This story was co-produced with Marketplace. Listen to their coverage. Seven years after Congress banned payday-loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates to service members, many of the nation’s military bases are surrounded by storefront lenders who charge ... Read More »

How Installment Lenders Put Borrowers in a World of Hurt

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by Paul Kiel ProPublica This story was co-produced with Marketplace. Listen to their coverage. One day late last year, Katrina Sutton stood at a gas pump outside Atlanta and swiped her debit card. Insufficient funds. But that couldn’t be. She’d been careful to wait until her $270 paycheck from Walmart had hit her account. The money wasn’t there? It was ... Read More »

JPMorgan Chase Fighting Back Against Online Payday Lenders

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Props to Chase Bank for their recent announcement they will be helping their customers fight back against online payday lenders. According to a report by Jessica Silver-Greenberg JPMorgan will give customer even more power to stop debits from their accounts by online payday lenders. Bank of American and Wells Fargo have no similar changes planned. While it is a great ... Read More »

MyPayDayRelief Selling Debt Settlement to American’s But Not Located in America

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A reader posted a consumer complaint about MyPayDayRelief.com and claimed the company is actually located in the Philippines. Interesting accusation. While there have been other posts about MyPayDayRelief.com on the site and in Is MyPaydayRelief.com a Scam? – Helen I did raise a concern the company did not disclose where they were located. Looking at the MyPayDayRelief.com site gives the ... Read More »

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