5 Ways to Spot a Loan Scam
Loan scams target people who are in dire straits and likely will do anything to get their hands on some cash. Once a loan scammer has snagged a victim, they will have the borrower fill out an “application” with sensitive and personal information. The scammer will use the victim’s information to hack their accounts. Arm yourself with knowledge and awareness.
Here’s 5 ways to spot a loan scam:
1.) The lender isn’t registered in your state
As per the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), every lender and loan broker must be officially registered in the states where they do business. A legitimate lender will have a list of those states posted on their site. If you can’t find this information and the lender refuses to provide further details, they are likely not legitimate.
2.) The lender is not affiliated with any financial institution
Authentic lenders must operate under a bank or credit union charter. This information should be posted on the lender’s website. If it’s missing, you might be dealing with a scammer.
3.) You’re urged to act immediately
If a lender pushes you to submit your information and make an upfront payment RIGHT NOW, it’s probably a scam.
4.) The site isn’t secure
Verify the site’s security by checking for an “s” after the “http.” If it’s there, the site is secure; if it’s not, back out now! You should also check the site’s security as soon as you hit the homepage. Lots of hackers use keystroke loggers to record as you type. So, even if you don’t hit submit, they may already have the information they need to scam you.
5.) The lender has no physical address
Do a quick online search using the lender’s official name. If it’s legitimate, a search should bring up a physical address for the company. If the lender’s name doesn’t turn up anything beyond the online world, opt out immediately.
With that said, if you need funds, you should borrow from a name you can trust, DCFCU.
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