If you are one of the millions of Americans drowning in payday loan debt, chances are you have probably already considered seeking help from a consolidation company. You have done all the work you had to do to gain the upper hand against your payday lenders: researched online for a good and reliable company, filled out all the paperwork, and finally, you are ready to get your finances back in control. Then suddenly, your lenders tell you something that stops you in your tracks. One simple statement that can make anyone in debt feel completely hopeless: “We do NOT work with consolidation companies.”
Is this true? If payday lenders do not work with consolidation companies, then why do they even exist? Here are the three main reasons why your lenders will eventually work with your consolidation company.
1. Before you enroll in a debt help program, the first thing that payday loan consolidation companies will advise you to do is to close the bank account that your lenders have access to. Although consolidation companies send legal documents to your payday lenders to revoke their authorization to automatically debit your bank account, it is necessary that you close your bank account to make sure that there are no unauthorized charges coming out of your account.
2. Your payday loan consolidation company will also send legal documents to your payday lenders to cease and desist further communications with you. According to the Federal Trade Commission, lenders have to follow certain rules and regulations when collecting debt. If your payday lenders do not follow these rules and continue to make harassing phone calls, your lenders can be fined $1,000 per EACH phone call that they make. Because most loans are small amounts (between $200-$1,000), calling you becomes a risk that is just not worth taking.
3. Many are afraid that they will get sued if they do not pay off payday loans. Majority of borrowers do not know that most payday lenders (especially Internet-based) are not licensed to lend money to people residing in the United States. This means payday lenders do not have the ability to take non-paying customers to small claims court for a payday loan. Payday lenders often use this tactic to scare borrowers into paying them, and is effective because most customers are not well-informed about what lenders can and cannot do.
Now, sit back and think of this for a moment: Your payday lenders cannot debit your bank account for payment, cannot call you to ask for money, and cannot sue you for the unpaid loan. How else will they get paid? Who else can they turn to? There is only one answer: payday loan consolidation companies.
So why would your payday lenders deny working with consolidation companies in the first place? It’s simple. People who sign up with consolidation companies obviously have several payday loans. As a matter of fact, people drowning in payday loans usually have between two to twenty payday loans. Usually, consolidation companies work from one lender to another, which means that if you are a payday lender, you would be unsure as to when you would get paid. Payday lenders are aware of this and know that chances are, they could get paid faster if there is no third-party involved. For this reason, they claim that they do not work with payday loan consolidation companies, even though they eventually will.