Online loan scams

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Beware of loan offers on social media or online ads. It could be a scammer impersonating a loan company who is looking to empty your bank account once you share your financial data. Watch out for warning signs, such as the lender demanding a prepaid debit card or pressuring you to act immediately.

What you can do

  • Only apply for loans through a trusted website
  • Research the trustworthiness of the company through online research such as rating agencies, online feedback, state and federal agencies like the FTC or a state Attorney General.
  • Know that lenders and loan brokers must register where they do business. Check the company's registration by calling the office of your state Attorney General, Department of Banking, or Financial Regulation.