If you are like many people living today, you may have found yourself being forced to deal with ever increasing debt. You may feel that your debt has become completely out of control. You may be seeking solutions through which you can restore some order to your finances and lower and control your debt. One option that you may want to consider is a personal debt consolidation loan.
Through this article you will be provided with an overview of how you can best shop around for a personal debt consolidation loan. Specifically, this article will provide you some guidance about how you can go about avoiding a personal debt consolidation loan scam.
There are two general types of a personal debt consolidation loan scams that are being pursued by unscrupulous people in the world today. It is important that you have a general concept of these two major types of personal debt consolidation loan scams so that you can be on the alert for these situations.
The first major type of personal debt consolidation loan scam involves what might be called a complete and utter sham. In this case, advertisements are placed or sent to consumers (oftentimes via email) promoting a low cost personal debt consolidation loan. The advertisement or email includes a link that purports to be to the lender’s website. (Oftentimes, a well known lender or lending company is named in the ad -- a lending company that you more naturally would trust.)
If you click onto the link, you actually end up at a fake lending website, a sham website. If you continue to follow the process and input your personal and financial information at the website, you will have found yourself the victim of identity theft. This scam is better known as “phishing” and is a common and growing problem on the Internet and World Wide Web.
The second major type of personal debt consolidation loan scam does not involve identity theft as such. Rather, you are once again drawn into a fake lending website. In this type of scam, you are asked to pay some sort of processing or application fee up front. In the end, there really is no lender and the fake lender actually takes your money and runs.
There are other personal debt consolidation loan scams that actually are perpetrated by lending institutions -- albeit not particularly reliable or reputable personal debt consolidation loan lenders. In these situations, a consumer is drawn to a personal debt consolidation loan lender because of promises of low interest rates and similar savings. In reality, these ads are misleading and, if you apply for and are approved for one of these loans, you end up getting hit with much higher interest rates than expected as well as with a flood of other unanticipated fees, costs and charges. You must -- must -- always read the fine print before applying for a personal debt consolidation loan.