In desperate times people often let their guard down, which provides a lethal combination for scammers offering loans to people even if they have poor credit. You may get a solicitation for the loan through an email or you may even see it in legitimate media, but you should always beware. Just because an advertisement for a loan appears in a legitimate newspaper or other media does not mean that the loan offering has been investigated for legitimacy by the media carrying the advertisement. In fact, in difficult financial times when advertising dollars are hard to come by, the standards of media for taking advertisement seem to drop.
You may be surprised at how fast your sham loan is approved. All you have to do is to send in an advance processing fee and you are on your way to financial stability. Unfortunately, the loan is a scam and you end up more in debt when you pay for a worthless loan.
Legitimate lenders rarely ask for advance fees. They usually deduct fees from the loan amount. Check with your state’s attorney general or the FTC if you have questions about an unfamiliar lender. And if the loan requires an advance fee, don’t do it. Chances are it is a scam. Also, even if you don’t have to pay an advance fee, always be sure the lender is legitimate before you provide any information such as your Social Security number which could be going to an identity thief who is merely using the promise of a loan as a ruse to obtain personal information from you.