Getting Secured Loans online may sound like an easy proposition, especially when you read the marketing material such financial company websites send to your email inbox. However, in reality, Secured Loans may be harder to get than you imagine.
The most difficult part about getting Secured Loans is that you need to find out which of these online companies is actually telling the truth. And because the Internet has so many Netizens currently offering Secured Loans services online, there really isn’t one single country or government agency that can track down all these business entities to figure out which one is legitimate or not. So you –the poor borrower who is scrambling to find the right lender – literally have to feel your way through this minefield of potential scams.
To protect yourself, you might have to limit yourself to those online Secured Loans lenders which are regulated or recognized by your home country’s appropriate agency. To do that, you could email or snail mail the government agency concerned the website URL, the nature of the business of the company in question, and what you fear or suspect the company is actually engaged in. In the US, the government agency to contact for this would be the Better Business Bureau. You may need to inquire around which government agency in your country you should write to.
Suppose you narrowed down your preferences to a particular website company offering Secured Loans Online, Quick Application, Fast Acceptance and Payout, what happens next? Now you have to examine what they are really offering down to the fine print. Actually, any company that tends to emphasize Quick Application, Fast Acceptance and Payout more than the loan details itself (like rate of payment and terms and conditions of the loan agreement) should already trigger warning bells in your mind that maybe this company is not legitimate.
Perhaps you took the next step and attempted to contact a representative of the company via phone. This is often the acid test of whether the Secured Loans company is legitimate- an illegitimate company often trains their customer service reps to be rather pushy and emphasize making the sale for the company rather than provide pertinent details about the Secured Loans to you. If you find yourself being asked to commit to take their Secured Loans offer within five minutes of making the call, try hanging up – it seems like a scam already and if not a scam, is an extremely aggressive marketing practice that doesn’t bode well for the future.
For getting the most secure Secured Loans online, you may need to really read between the lines of the marketing material on the website to figure out what they are selling. Some websites may provide obscure vaguely-worded information that may lull you into a false sense of security. If you really cannot make heads or tails out of what the details of the Secured Loans are, it might be best to just walk away.
Some Secured Loans lenders might even ask you for a fee just to process your application. That is an alarming practice that you should dodge once you hear it. What is equally alarming is that they may claim that their Secured Loans company will automatically approve your application and imply that the application is simply a formality.
Another alarming practice of some unscrupulous Secured Loans lenders is that they may further demand that you pay for mandatory Payment Protection Insurance (or PPI.) In legitimate companies, this is simply an optional aspect of the loan so you have to wonder why it becomes mandatory for the online company you contacted.
Furthermore, the website should tell all visitors up front what the typical APR actually is for their Secured Loans.
So don’t get sidetracked by the layout of their advertising material or cool fonts – the fine print will always give away a fake all the time.