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Interest in personal loans is rising this year, industry experts say.
Unfortunately, potential scams are rising too.
Amid record-breaking unemployment rates and a staggering economy, consumers are seeking personal loans for two primary purposes: to consolidate credit card debt or simply to get by, says Brian Walsh, CFP and senior manager of financial planning at SoFi, a national personal finance and lending company.
“This is a way to help get them through until they get back to normal,” says Walsh.
Scammers have taken notice. In the first four months of 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported more than 18,000 accounts and more than $13.4 million