Unlicensed Payday Loans
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  • Zarvad III S.A

August 18, 2014

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) received a report that may be providing consumers’ personal information to a third-party who appears to be running an advanced fee loan scam. A Washington State consumer reported that, after she applied for a loan at, she received a phone call from a third-party. The third-party offered her a loan in exchange for an advance fee. The consumer paid the advanced fee using a prepaid card, but did not receive the promised loan. When the consumer attempted to cancel the loan, the third-party demanded another advanced fee. The third-party did not refund any of the fees to the consumer. is not licensed by DFI. It is not registered to do business in Washington by either the Department of Revenue or the Secretary of State.’s phone number, address, and e-mail address are unknown. It appears that may be operating outside of the United States.

Verify License

DFI strongly recommends that consumers deal only with those lenders that are properly licensed to conduct business. Consumers can determine whether lenders are properly licensed using the “Verify a License” feature on the DFI’s website at

Payday Loan Debt Collection Laws

Collection activities are subject to the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Therefore, if you have questions regarding debt collection laws please contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC HELP, or online at

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’ places of employment.

Report Fraud

Washington State residents, if you are suspicious of unlicensed activity by a payday lender please contact the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions at 1-877-RING-DFI (746-4334), or online at

If you live in another state, find your state regulator.

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; or contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (855) 411-CFPB or online at Because the scammers have access to bank account information and social security numbers, victims should consider themselves victims of identity theft and take appropriate precautions. The Federal Trade Commission has information for victims of identity theft available online at

If you feel you have been the victim of a loan scam involving the Internet please contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center online at

If you feel you have been the victim of a loan scam and are concerned about your personal financial information, contact your banking institution, and the three major credit bureaus.


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