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Letters: Payday loan bullying tactics like Wild West

Payday loan bullying tactics like Wild West

Just over a week a go on a Saturday morning I received a text message for the attention someone called Paul, offering a £500 short-term loan. As you may have guessed, my name is not Paul and I can only believe that Paul has put my phone number down in error when applying for a pay day loan.

At the time I thought no more of it and did not respond. However, over the last 10 days, I have received over 150 text messages offering Paul ‘quick cash’, even on a Sunday morning.

Most of the messages read: “unfortunately Paul we cannot off the £1,000 loan you applied for, but we can offer you £600.00. Call now for the money to be in your account this afternoon.”

Along with the 150 plus text messages I have also received approximately 20 phone calls wanting to speak to Paul. They also personalise the messages by saying things like: “Paul it’s Saturday, call now for £200 to party tonight.”

Even though I believe people can make their own minds up on whether they use payday loan companies or not, I also can see how people are almost bullied and tempted into replying and getting their hands on quick cash, especially if things are tough and life looks bleak.

The industry is corrupt and resembles the Wild West. It is a bloody joke that mortgages are regulated with an iron bar when payday loan companies are allowed to do whatever they want and can destroy lives

Harrison (not Paul) 


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We need to be able to certify in the covering email/upload that “all documents attached” are true copies etc.

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  • Tommy Rich 30th September 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Banning companies from offering loans is a bad move as far the free market in trade is concerned, limiting the amount they can charge and the add on costs that bump the ‘loan’ through the percentage ceiling is a better option however it is a sad state of affairs when loan sharks get legal or they become a part of the structure of daylight robbery that any government seems hog tied in preventing. Perhaps there is a way of using the defunct banks that we all have a stake in to better use.

  • Caroline Walton 24th September 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Not all Lenders are the Same

    Harrison, you are quite right to be annoyed with such bad behaviour from a Payday Lender and the texting and tempting you raise hear is something that is just as annoying to those within the industry that simply wouldn’t use these tactics but instead respect potential and existing customers and their privacy.

    All payday lenders will have to apply to the FCA for full authorisation by the end of Feb 2015 and at this point it is hoped that lenders who ignore the decency and respect they owe their customers, present or future, will no longer be able to trade. Until then it is advisable to report such behaviour to the FCA under misleading financial promotions and give the authorisations team a heads up on any lender who is considered in your words part of the “wild west”