Florida Payday Loan

I need to resolve my payday loans. The company is stating that I owe $6,000 when the original amount was only $300.

I live in Florida, can I be charged with theft by check? I used Langhorne Debt solutions to resolve my payday loans, but Summit Group LLC, and CMG group said they don't work with them. Now they are stating that I owe them $6,000 which is 3K per loan. The original loan amount was only $300.

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  • A creditor's right to garnish your wages to repay a delinquent debt varies from state to state.
  • Contact your state's consumer protection agency, if your payday lender is abusing you.

Under Florida law, payday lenders cannot seek to have a borrower prosecuted for bouncing a check given as security for a loan, so if the creditor is threatening to have you charged with "theft by check" it is almost certainly lying in an attempt to frighten you.

Although payday loans are legal in Florida, the amount of interest and other fees they can charge to consumers are fairly strictly regulated by state law, so I find it highly unlikely that this lender will be able to justify its claim that you owe $6,000 on two loans which began at only $300 each. To read more about payday loans and your rights as a consumer, I encourage you to visit PaydayLoanInfo.org. There, you can also review a summary of Florida's Payday Loan Regulations.

Under Florida law, the payday lender may be required to work out a repayment plan with you at a reasonable interest rate (my understanding is that it can charge no more than 10% per annum on loans after the first high interest repayment period). If the lender continues to insist on the high balance which you mention in your question, I recommend that you demand a written statement of how the balance was calculated before you make any payments to the creditor. If the creditor refused to provide you with a written explanation of the balance claimed, or if it continues to threaten you with criminal prosecution if you fail to pay the amount claimed, I encourage you to file a complaint with the state agency responsible for the regulation of payday lenders, at The Florida Office of Financial Regulation.

Editor’s note

Comments on this page are closed. See Payday Loans to learn how to handle payday loan collections. See the Bills.com payday loan resources for California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Texas, and Virginia to learn more about payday loan laws in those states.

From the information in your question, it sounds like this lender may be violating several state laws regulating payday lenders. However, without much more information I cannot tell you specifically what recourse you have available to you. If you find that the lender is unwilling to work with you, or if you do not feel comfortable negotiating with the creditor directly, you may want to consult with an attorney who can better explain your rights under Florida law and assist you in negotiating with the lender.

The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) may be able to refer you to an attorney in your area who specializes in assisting consumers with problems like yours. See also my answer to another reader who had a question about aggressive payday loan collections in Florida in "Payday Loan and the FDCPA."

Bills.com also offers more information on the Payday Loan Information page, and has answered reader questions about payday loans in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Texas, and Virginia.

If you do not repay a payday loan, the payday loan company has several legal remedies, including wage garnishment, levy, and lien. See the Bills.com resource Collections Advice to learn more about the rights of creditors and debtors.

I wish you the best of luck in resolving these payday loans, and hope that the information I have provided helps you Find. Learn. Save.

Best,

Bill

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  • 35x35
    Oct, 2011
    michael
    i took out a payday loan from amscot for $400 and i couldnt pay back the entire $441 i owe them so they agreed to split the payments into 4 equal payments. now i am unemployed and dont have the money to repay what should i do and what can they do if i dont repay
    2 Votes

  • 35x35
    Aug, 2011
    Catherine
    I had got a payday loan last year sometime. I receive an affidavit paper today that says on top American Law Department. Stating that Im going to be charge with 3 different things and that I owe some $8000 which I know I got a payday loan but it wasn't more then $200. I know previous post state that you can't get arrested. I have also seen that there is a scam b/c its from Cash Advanced USA with foriegners. I have received several phone calls but never did anything with them.
    8 Votes

  • 35x35
    Jun, 2011
    james
    I submitted my information for a payday loan on the internet and after the person on the phone told me that I had to go to western union to get it and I would have to put up front 250 dollars to show that I am credit worthy I hung up the phone and did not take the money. I hung up the phone and would not answer when they kept calling me because it sounded so fishy. Now the company is calling me all the time saying I owe them money for a payday loan i took out. They have said that I did take the money when I clearly did not. I was then transferred to a manager and they threatened to send the police to my house and said " You can not lie to me" when I explained that I did not take the payday loan. I would like for them to stop calling me and get this figured out so it will not mess up my credit and credit report.
    0 Votes

    • 35x35
      Jun, 2011
      Bill
      Legitimate payday lenders do not ask for $250 to demonstrate creditworthiness. You were wise to avoid this scam artist, and it takes incredible chutzpah for the scam artist to now demand money from you.

      One option is to contact the Florida Attorney General's Office which regulates consumer protection in Florida. Another option, if the harassment continues, is to contact an attorney. Keep a record of all calls you receive, and note what the caller claimed or ask you to do.

      Keep your eye on your credit report, pulling it regularly, to see if the payday loan appears on it and take action to dispute the information and to file a complaint against the lender if it does. You can get a free credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com.
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  • 35x35
    May, 2011
    JENIFER
    I took out a $200 online payday loan. I live in Florida and I have an "Agent Starling" calling me from a lawyers office. They state they are going to press charges for check fraud due to me not unable to repay loan. This agent called my parents' home last night and told my mother that she was a co-signor on the account but refused to give her any information. I know the collection companies use very rough tactics to collect debts but to give my mother false blame, what should I do?
    0 Votes

    • 35x35
      May, 2011
      Bill
      Review the original answer above, and file a complaint with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.
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  • 35x35
    Oct, 2010
    Bill
    A creditor can file suit in small claims court for $200. However, an attorney's time costs $200 per hour, so it is unlikely a payday lender will bother suing for even twice that amount. It is likely the payday collection agent is using a scare tactic to encourage you to continue your payments.
    2 Votes

  • 35x35
    Oct, 2010
    christie
    Hello, I got loan for $200 and I've paid on it twice and this last month i didnt pay so they sent it to a collection agency. The guy called me and asked for my attorney name and phone say that I'm going to be sued.... Can I be sued for get a payday loan and not paying for one month.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Sep, 2010
    Bill
    Financial services providers operating in Florida must have a state license. Contact the state of Florida Dept. of State Division of Corporations, and see if the Dept of State has Florida addresses for these businesses. I cannot answer your question about the legality of these entities -- that is a question for the Florida Attorney General and the Florida Dept. of State.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Sep, 2010
    liz
    From the research i have done, and the endless phone calls i have made in fl......"most" of these online payday loans are generated out of indian reservations......according to fl attny general, they still have to go by fl payday loan laws. To my understanding, most will never end up on your credit report because they would have to disclose their physical location, which since they are pretty much illegal loan sharks, they wont. I have a total of 5 payday loans... (3 were mine, 2 were a friend's) I am filing for bankruptcy and want to include them but finding them or their location is nearly impossible!!!! The original deposit cant even be traced!!! i have recieved no emails, or letters but my entire family is receiving phone calls sayong im going to jail for fraud. the loan companies i cant find are cmg group, llc, sds processing, and payday loan yes loans. are these legit to loan in florida??
    0 Votes

    • 35x35
      Sep, 2011
      d
      In the State of Florida, lenders are REQUIRED to be licensed to conduct business in the State, regardless of their location and are required to adhere to Florida and Federal Law as to the terms, rates and fees of a loan. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES can any borrower be prosecuted for Fraud or for a returned check in relation to any such loan and these loans ARE subject to the Usury Laws regarding interest, fees and disclosures. It is also ILLEGAL for them to contact any other person and discuss the account who did NOT the person who took out the loan and is not on the loan documents as being responsible for the loan. There is quite a bit of further information available in this area. But they CANNOT put you in jail and they cannot collect money from someone else and so on....
      0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Sep, 2010
    Bill
    If you have been making payments on a loan, and then stop, it will be very difficult for a creditor to argue to a district attorney that the defendant had the intent required to prove a criminal fraud case. It is likely the payday collection agent is using a criminal prosecution as a scare tactic to encourage you to pay.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Sep, 2010
    Nikki
    Hi, Is the law the same for on-line payday loans? I live in Fl and have been threatened to be prosecuted if I don't pay back $1500 for a $300 loan, which I already paid more than that in roll-over fees.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    May, 2010
    dana
    One collector called today stating that he was going to take my children and the authorities would take them. So uncalled for!
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Apr, 2010
    Chad
    I also have a collector harrasing me about a payday loan in Fl. I now live in NY and they are threating to forward the information to county I now live in. My question is, Do we (myself, and the collector) still follow FL law, or does the law concerning payday loans, and collections in FL still apply? Thanks
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Apr, 2010
    Bill
    Trick question: The laws in both states apply depending on what you mean by your question. Also significant is the contract you signed. If there is a choice-of-law discussion in the contract that does not violate Florida's laws, then the contract you signed will outline which laws apply. I realize my answer is not as simple as you may have liked, but the answers to these types of questions depend on the facts in each situation.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Dec, 2009
    Bill
    Monique, as a Florida resident you have rights that apply when repaying a payday loan. Please reread the article above to learn about your options for resolving this debt. Regarding your concern about being taken to jail, no one has been imprisoned for debt since the Civil War. The collection agent is preying on your ignorance of the law to spur you to pay a debt you may not owe. Again, reread the article above to learn how to take charge of this situation.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Dec, 2009
    Monique
    I took an paydayadvance on theinternet in 2004. Apparently ACE Check Cashing biught the account. The internet pay day lender kept taking funds out and caused me to overdraft. The advance was only for 200 bucks. I have a clloection agency from GA stating that I have commited check fraud and they will have the sheriff come to my place of residence here in Flirdau to have me arrested. I told him I can work a payment plan that I am only on unemployment now. They said that want the full 750.00 or I will be criminally prosecuted. What should I do? I am so scared to be taken to jail
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Nov, 2009
    Bill
    Reading between the lines, I surmise you do not believe you are responsible for the debt. Send the collection agent a debt validation letter. You can download a sample letter at the Bills.com debt self-help center. Read Collections Agencies, Collections Laws and Your State's Statute of Limitations and in particular the section "Disclaiming responsibility for the debt" For a better understanding of the collections process and how to dispute responsibility for a debt.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Nov, 2009
    Alex
    I just rec'd a letter from Champ Credit Group, LLC on behalf of AeroAdvance Financial Inc stating I owe them $470.00 and have 30 days to pay, call or deny the debt. For 5 years I have not used a pay day advance service. There was one I debated with usuary rates after the fact but I did pay. However due to many factors and a disability I have no idea where my documents are. My credit reports are clean. I don't want to open a Pandora's Box by calling and I do live on social security by direct deposit under age 65 due to disability. What do you suggest? Thank you.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Nov, 2009
    Bill
    No one has been imprisoned for debt since the Civil War. Do not believe legal advise from collection agents. The legal information collection agents tell debtors is usually incomplete or wrong, and is always self-serving. Also, remember that just because you are in debt, that does not mean that you lose your rights as a consumer. Please re-read the article above to learn more about your rights as a consumer in Florida, and how to resolve payday loans.
    0 Votes

  • 35x35
    Nov, 2009
    sofia
    Hello i have a person calling me asking me to pay a payday loan i have borrow only $150.00 but i lost my job and my back account was closed. now they are harrassing me at work and home to pay. this person david clark in california said if do not pay $755.87 in 3 hrs he was going to take me to court and i got so upset and got sick again i told him please give me time to get the money. i called him back to get a name of creditors and the amount he did not want to give me that information. He ask me if i was in trouble by the laws in az for fraud and i told him no also he gave my information to my daughter when he sould have not . he says that he from law frim. What sould I do wait until i go courts or what. Please help me i have not got some sleep since Monday i had call my doctor to get me medication because i'm going thru stree,depression, i have sezures and i know i'm them now because iam going thru.Thank You
    2 Votes