Applying Online…Is It Safe?

There are literally thousands of websites providing online loans. Getting a loan online is a great convenience. However, there are several scenarios to be aware of that will help you avoid falling victim for a loan scam or paying more for your loan than you should.

 Watch out for advance fee loan scams!

Online loans are usually just as safe as applying at a bank or credit union. However, there are predatory lenders out there that make a living taking advantage of those in desperate times in need of immediate cash. The firms that set up these websites know what they are doing. They often promise loans to those who have been turned down elsewhere. If you fall for their scheme and apply, your personal information can end up anywhere. The most common type of online predatory lending is called ‘advance fee loan scams’. Advance fee loans NEVER pan out. If you ever apply for a loan and receive notification that you have been approved, but are told that you will need to first wire (usually via Western Union) any amount of money (they usually only ask for several hundred dollars) as security for your loan, terminate all communications. Think about it, why would you need to send money to get money?? Save the emails, letters, phone numbers, and anything else related to any company requesting money up-front for your loan approval and forward it to your local authorities.

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Read the fine print!
It is very common for lenders to market loans for very low rates, often even 0%. But, lenders have to make money, so 0% is not realistic. When you read the fine print of these ‘too good to be true’ loans you’ll discover all types of hidden charges and fees like loan origination cost, closing fees, very high pre-pay penalties, etc.. And, it is also important to note that lenders that offer loans at 0% often market these terms to all credit types but are only able to approve those with pristine credit for such rates. Those with bad credit will then get approved for loans with astronomical rates and not for the loan amounts they are seeking, causing a ding on their credit unnecessarily.
The lenders we work with are able to approve good and bad credit types for a variety of favorable loan products. What’s great about our sources is that you can receive a decision on your loan request without your credit being checked. How is this possible? Because our lenders have systems that are so advanced that they are able to pre-approve based on your personal info (name, address, DOB) and ability to verify your income. So, if you get declined for your loan or receive a rate that you are not happy with and do not wish to accept, there is no impact on your credit score or rating. Click the link to ‘apply now’ for a loan with us!
Research their company online

There are a few things you can search online to help make your decision to apply with them. Before you give them your personal information on the website, look for signs that the site is secure. Such as “https” in the URL or a security certificate from a company like Verisign are examples of online security.  You can also research the company address in Google Maps. If you see an empty lot, a residential neighborhood, a postal box type of location, or something else that doesn’t look right to you, it would be a wise choice to pass up on the “opportunity” to apply for a loan.

 Avoid any type of repayment insurance!
It is very common for loan providers to try and upsell the consumer products that they will never need. The most common being ‘loan repayment protection insurance’. This is an insurance product that enables consumers to insure repayment of loans if the borrower becomes ill, dies, loses a job or is faced with some other type of unexpected crisis that prevents them from being able to satisfy their loan payments. This type of insurance is very expensive and we feel it is not wise to pay for a potential doomsday scenario. Don’t prepare for bad…prepare for good!