“Advance-Fee Loans” Scammers Target Entrepreneurs

Date: May 27, 2014

FTC Complaints Increase By 10,000 In 2013

With sources of capital still in short supply in the wake of the financial crisis, small businesses are exploring non-traditional means to secure funds. However, that has left some open to complex scam artists. One such scam that has been drawing attention in recent weeks is the “advance fee-loan.” The basis of the scam is for a self-described loan broker to demand an upfront payment for a loan that never materializes. In 2013, there were more than 53,000 complaints about such loans filed with the Federal Trade Commission, up from 43,000 the previous year.

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In addition to a significant piece in the Wall Street Journal, the issue has also drawn the attention of local news outlets, such as WIBW-TV .

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This news article is intended to keep small business owners apprised of current events that may affect them. It does not necessarily reflect NFIB’s policy position on such issues.

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