Loophole Allows Auto-Title Lender To Charge Triple-Digit Interest Rates Despite Law

Loophole Allows Auto-Title Lender To Charge Triple-Digit Interest Rates Despite Law

Consumer advocates have long claimed that usury caps are the best way to protect borrowers from predatory lenders offering payday or auto title loans. But even those protections aren’t surefire. A title loan company in Florida has been skirting the state’s cap for the past three years. [More]

Is Cash America Getting Out Of The Payday Loan Business? Not Exactly

Is Cash America Getting Out Of The Payday Loan Business? Not Exactly

Sometimes there’s no better feeling than the one you get when you return to your so-called roots. Maybe that’s what Cash America International is looking for now that the company is making plans to separate itself from payday lending and returning to its first moneymaker: pawnshops. [More]

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The CFPB Has Only Just Begun Tackling Financial Services In Its First Four Years

Four years ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created – and three years ago it opened its doors – as a safeguard to ensure the financial industry followed the rules when selling products and services to consumers – and a lot has happened since that time. [More]

CFPB Now Accepting Consumers’ Prepaid Card, Debt Settlement And Title Loan Complaints

CFPB Now Accepting Consumers’ Prepaid Card, Debt Settlement And Title Loan Complaints

Just in time for the fourth anniversary of its creation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced its expanding the type of consumer complaints it accepts to include prepaid cards and other nonbank products. [More]

CFPB Wants To Let Consumers Air Financial Grievances In Publicly Viewable Forum

CFPB Wants To Let Consumers Air Financial Grievances In Publicly Viewable Forum

Sometimes consumers want to voice their complaints knowing it will remain a private matter; other times they just want to shout it for all to hear. A new proposal from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would give consumers that option when voicing their grievances about consumer financial products and services. [More]

Report: Most Consumers Don’t Care If The Post Office Offers Financial Services

Report: Most Consumers Don’t Care If The Post Office Offers Financial Services

At first glance it wouldn’t appear that the United States Postal Service and banks have much in common. But that might soon come to an end if an idea to expand banking services to local post office branches in an attempt to meet the needs of the underbanked. [More]

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Phony Payday Loan Brokers Must Turn Over Rolls Royce, Maserati, Ferrari To Feds

When someone goes hunting for a payday loan — just looking to get their hands on a small amount of cash to tide them over until the next paycheck — it’s bad enough that they can end up trapped in a hellish debt cycle that sees them taking out loan after loan. But the FTC says a Tampa-based operation preyed upon these already-desperate victims by tricking them into applying for payday loans, only to steal their info and what little money they had. [More]

CFPB: ACE Cash Express Must Pay $10M For Pushing Borrowers Into Payday Loan Cycle Of Debt

CFPB: ACE Cash Express Must Pay $10M For Pushing Borrowers Into Payday Loan Cycle Of Debt

Another payday lender faces a hefty fine — to the tune of $10 million — for allegedly pushing borrowers into a cycle of debt. [More]

FTC Helps Stop Debt Collection Operations Attempting To Solicit Allegedly Fake Payday Loan Debts

FTC Helps Stop Debt Collection Operations Attempting To Solicit Allegedly Fake Payday Loan Debts

There are few things more disruptive and frustrating than receiving a phone call demanding you pay a debt. Those feeling are amplified a thousand times when you don’t actually owe a debt. Yet, that was the case for consumers contacted by a Georgia-based company that was recently shut down at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. [More]

"Why are you calling me about Uncle Caranthir's overdue payday loan?" (Photo: Zoomar)

Debt Collection Scammers Calling Victims’ Family & Co-Workers To Squeeze Money From People

A debt collection scam operates on two principles: That lots of us have debt, and that the con artist is good enough at his art to trick some of us into believing we have to pay immediately. But some scammers are bringing outside parties into their grift, contacting victims’ families and co-workers in the hopes that this will result in pressure to pay up on the bogus debt. [More]

Threatening To Blow Up Store With 3 Hydrogen Bombs Is A Tip-Off You Might Be Bluffing

Threatening To Blow Up Store With 3 Hydrogen Bombs Is A Tip-Off You Might Be Bluffing

We’ve told you before about the increasing number of morons who attempt to hold up retail stores by threatening to blow the place up if their demands for a few hundred dollars in prepaid debit cards isn’t met. It’s already a dubious ultimatum that is just asking to be called out as bogus, so escalating it by, I dunno, saying you have multiple hydrogen bombs at the ready, isn’t going to help make your case. [More]

Bank Of America Agrees To Scan For Illegal Payday Lenders In NY

Bank Of America Agrees To Scan For Illegal Payday Lenders In NY

Payday lending is illegal in more than a dozen states, including New York, but some lenders manage to fly under the radar by operating online or hiding their loans as part of another business. In an effort to crackdown on loans that violate state laws, New York has created a database for banks to use to help identify sketchy lenders, and Bank of America — no stranger to the issue of questionable loans — is the first to sign on. [More]

The Mad Genius Behind The Rebirth Of Hydrox, Astro Pops And Maybe Marshall Field’s

The Mad Genius Behind The Rebirth Of Hydrox, Astro Pops And Maybe Marshall Field’s

We’ve all felt the sting of losing a beloved brand when a company goes out of business, stops making your favorite candy or gets sold off bit by bit to the highest bidder. But what if you could resurrect those treasured relics of days gone by and bring them back anew? And how would it even be possible? [More]

This Is One Of The Scammiest Payday Loans We’ve Ever Seen

This Is One Of The Scammiest Payday Loans We’ve Ever Seen

Many payday loans have confusing terms and questionable fees that end up costing the borrower a lot more than they’d planned on when they took out the short-term loan. But it’s mind-boggling how one predatory lender managed to squeeze money from borrowers through an automatic opt-in renewal program that turns a $300 loan into $975 worth of payments in only a few months. [More]

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100 People Waited In A Rainy Line For 24 Hours To Score Free Chick-fil-A For A Year

What would you do for 52 free meals? Would you forgo the delights of home and sleeping in your own comfortable, dry bed to camp in line overnight through the rain? Because that’s what 100 people hungry for free Chick-fil-A did in Baltimore. [More]

SCOTUS Decision Proves States Have Power Over Payday Lenders Claiming Tribal Affiliation

SCOTUS Decision Proves States Have Power Over Payday Lenders Claiming Tribal Affiliation

While a U.S. Supreme Court decision yesterday in the case of a Michigan Native American tribe’s allegedly illegal casino appears to have nothing to do with payday lending, experts say it’s a game changer in states’ efforts to rein in the often predatory industry. [More]

CFPB Report Confirms Payday Lenders And Debt Collectors Are The Worst

CFPB Report Confirms Payday Lenders And Debt Collectors Are The Worst

For decades, payday lenders and debt collectors did their work while being largely ignored by federal financial regulators. And a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which recently gained oversight authority over the largest of these businesses, calls out many of the sketchy, sometimes illegal, practices some in these industries have been getting away with for far too long. [More]

Bill Would End Door-Slot Mail Delivery For 15 Million Addresses, Save USPS $2 Billion Annually

Bill Would End Door-Slot Mail Delivery For 15 Million Addresses, Save USPS $2 Billion Annually

A bill that would phase out door-to-door mail delivery over the next decade passed its first hurdle on the way to becoming a law. [More]