Great Plains Lending
Not Licensed To Provide Payday Loans
August 15, 2013
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) warns consumers to verify that any lender with which they consider doing business holds a Washington State license for providing payday loan services. Consumers are urged to verify licensing status prior to giving the lender nonpublic personal information, such as social security number and checking account access.
DFI has received complaints against Great Plains Lending, LLC. It appears that this entity is operating as a tribal online payday lender. This entity asserts that it is a tribal lending entity wholly owned by the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, a sovereign nation located within the United States of America, and is operating within the boundaries of the Otoe-Missouria Reservation.
Great Plains Lending, LLC is not licensed by DFI. This entity is not registered to conduct business in Washington State by the Department of Licensing, the Department of Revenue, or the Secretary of State. Washington residents are advised that state law provides in RCW 31.45.105(1)(d) and (3) that a small loan made by an unlicensed entity to a person physically located in Washington is uncollectible and unenforceable in Washington State.
Great Plains Lending, LLC operates a website at http://www.GreatPlainsLending.com, lists its phone number as (877) 836-1506, and email address as support@GreatPlainsLending.com.
If you have a complaint against Great Plains Lending, LLC, you can mail it to:
Great Plains Lending, LLC
Attn: Customer Support
1050 East 2nd Street, Box 500
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
Payday Loan Debt Collection Laws
Washington State law prohibits threatening or harassing behavior by individuals attempting to collect a debt. The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act states that debt collectors must send consumers a written notice within five days of the first collection phone call, stating the amount of the debt and what it relates to.
Debt collectors cannot state or imply that failure to pay a debt is a crime. They cannot call before 8:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. They cannot harass or abuse consumers, or contact consumers’ place of employment.
If you are suspicious of unlicensed activity by a payday lender, please contact DFI at 1-877-RING-DFI (746-4334) or online at www.dfi.wa.gov.
If you feel you have been the victim of a loan scam please contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357), or online at www.ftc.gov. You can also contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855) 411-CFPB (2372), or online at www.consumerfinance.gov.
If you feel you have been the victim of a loan scam involving the Internet, please contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.