There is no doubt that internet is the best invention of all time. Not only has it made our lives easier but it has also opened new paths for businesses. However, the number of people abusing the World Wide Web is massive as well. Nowadays, there are more scams present on the internet as compared to legitimate websites and this is especially true when it comes to lending and borrowing. As we all know, the chances of getting approved for any kind of loan from a bank or credit union are slim.
The requirements are strict and you need to have an immaculate credit history with a high credit score as well. On the other hand, the number of desperate people who are looking for a way to improve their finances is not lessening anytime soon. This situation leaves a lot of people vulnerable to loan scams. It stands to reason that people should learn how to detect online loan scams. If you notice the following signs anywhere on the internet, avoid the sites at all cost.
It is against the Federal Laws to demand any sort of payment before giving out the loan. If the online lending site you are dealing with, asks for a payment in the form of application fee or processing fee, it is a sure sign of scam. The scammers can also make excuses and justify the fee as collateral due to poor credit score.
Although, there are legitimate and valid long-term as well as short -term lender present on the web which provide loans with bad credit score or poor credit history and are recognized by the government, they still review your credit history. On the other hand, if a lender seems completely uninterested in your financial background and guarantees a loan even before looking at your credit score, it is more than likely to be scam.
You must do thorough research before applying for loans online, which also includes checking out the physical location. If there is no address present on the lending company’s website and they also refuse to provide on even after you inquire, then you must stay away from that website. Moreover, some scam sites provide physical location of reputable companies and claim to be associated with them, you should refer to the said company for verification, in this case.
Pressure to Wire Money
Most of the time, it is difficult to detect a scam because of their elaborated methods and near-authentic imitations. Scam artists usually work by approving your request for loan immediately without checking your financial background and credit score. After informing you through phone calls, they pressure you to wire them the required money for application or processing fee immediately, or otherwise you will lose the opportunity. The chances of not getting a loan distresses a borrowers who is already vulnerable and leads him to fulfil the scammer’s demands. Obviously, after which the lender cuts off all contact with the borrower and runs away. If you notice this kind of behavior be wary of the website.