The Idaho Department of Finance has ordered nine online payday lenders, which are not licensed to do business in the state, to stop making loans there. The companies are based out of countries around the globe -- including the West Indies, New Zealand, and Belize -- according to department officials. Information provided to unlicensed lenders "becomes a hot commodity that may be sold or transferred to others, often leading to further consumer abuses, including aggressive and unlawful collection tactics, fraud, and identity theft," warned Department of Finance director Gavin Gee. "Unlicensed Internet payday lenders can immediately sell or transfer your contact information all over the world once they have that information." He provided an example of one consumer who responded to such a company by entering an e-mail address into an online form. "Within two days, that consumer received more than 30 email solicitations from unlicensed Internet payday lenders offering high-cost payday loans," he recounted.