If you have shopped online for car loans recently you may have found hundreds of tempting offers. Many offers promise you guaranteed financing regardless of credit history, bankruptcy, divorce, and the end of the world … (well maybe we exaggerated that one a bit), but you get the idea.
Presently, over 100,000 people per day apply online to receive car loans from companies that promise financing with bad credit or no credit. What you need to be aware of is that not all of the websites out there are legitimate. If you are unfamiliar with the term, “Phishing Website” you should Google it today and learn what it is. You could be giving your information to someone that wants to steal your identity!
You might think, “Well if I have bad credit, then who cares if they steal it, won’t do any good for them anyhow.” That is not entirely accurate. Once they determine that your credit will not work, maybe your medical information will. Medical identity theft is rapidly growing due to increased health care costs and outrageous insurance premiums.
We recently heard of a victim who after applying for several car loans with no luck, and no return calls, she began receiving collection notices from a cancer treatment clinic in California. Since she lives in Maine, and is physically unable to travel, she got concerned.
Several months later, and several thousand dollars in attorney’s fees she found out that her social security number, income information, birth date, and other pertinent information was harvested from the internet and sold to scam artists that know how to generate medical insurance cards good enough to pass the “adequate” hospital screening process. All of this information harvesting was tracked to a website offering “guaranteed auto financing regardless of credit or income history”.
The worst part is her blood type was changed, because the person receiving cancer treatments on her information was type B and she was type A. Had she not caught this before going in for emergency treatment, she might have been pumped full of the wrong blood!
The moral of the story is, if you do not have the best credit and you want to get financing for a car or any other item, do some digging first to check on the credibility of the source you are working with. Your best bet will most likely be finding a dealership or local financing company that works with people to reestablish credit; or has other programs available that will fit your situation.