Payday lenders are bombarding people with calls in order to try offer short-term pay day loans to them.
Debt charity StepChange has found that a third (32 per cent) of the people contacting its helpline receive the unsolicited marketing calls. It`s not just one or two either - on average, these people have been receiving ten each week.
Fifteen per cent of those who get the calls end up taking out a payday loan to the tune of £980, on average. That`s a lot of money to borrow when there`s no guarantee that you`ve had the time to seriously consider your financial options.
StepChange puts these calls and their regularity down to two main things - poor data protection means that these people`s data can be bought and sold at will, while the existing rules leave a loophole that allow for these calls to happen, but not for other financial products like mortgages.
Commenting on the findings, the charity`s chief executive, Mike O`Connor, notes that `for those in financial difficulty, the offer of an easy, no-questions asked loan can seem like a financial lifeline, [but] the reality is that it can be a financial noose around the neck of vulnerable people and their families`.
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