What should I consider if I'm thinking about getting a payday loan online?

When shopping for a loan online, consider the following:

  • Are you on a lead generator site or the site of an actual lender?
  • Is the lender’s contact information – street address, phone number, and email address – easy to find in case there is a problem later?
  • Is this lender licensed by your state? What types of laws do they claim to follow?
  • How will you repay the loan?
  • How much will it ultimately cost?
  • Is your loan set up to automatically renew several times, making it necessary to contact the lender in advance of the due date if you want to  pay off the loan?
  • Will the website protect your Social Security number, checking account number and other personal information? What are the privacy and opt-out policies? Can you restrict the site from selling your personal information?

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