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High-Cost Lenders Scheme with Banks to Evade Consumer Protections

December 20, 2019
Payday and Other Small Dollar Loans
Research

A few high-cost lenders are evading state consumer protections through rent-a-bank schemes. Through these sham arrangements, these companies are exploding right through the interest rate limits that most states have put in place for good reason, to protect people from high-cost debt traps that drain them of their hard-earned income.

In the following states, payday lenders are using banks, which aren’t generally subject to state interest rate caps, to make usurious loans that exceed the state’s rate cap. The banks engaging in these schemes are abusing their charters and enabling predatory loans. Click on the state for a PDF fact sheet with details.