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I consolidated a previous loan with these sharks. We did the loan in 2016 November. We came into money and decided to get rid of this burden at 32%. Tried to pay it off over the phone and no help. Tried online and wouldn't let me. Loan was 5 thousand and we went through futile attempts to pay it off. Now we need to drive 57 miles to get rid of it. Unscrupulous and dishonest. Steer clear they are loan sharks! Next step Consumers Affairs!
I go in with half a payment and tell them I be back to pay the rest; but won't take half; they want whole. They say they don't care about being broke. I tell them, "I have stuff come up will you work with me?" They say, "No," and charged me $1500 for a $1200 bunk bed. I tell them my money gotten short and my wife left me. They just laugh at me and threaten to take me to court. I told them I pay half and they want take it at all. But I overheard them taking half from another customer. They always laugh at me for no reason. Just because I got behind on the bill one month don't mean I won't pay, but half; but they laugh at me and tell I don't need food. They need food and their money. They don't care if I break down. They are always laughing at me.
I had the worse time with the Lendmark and the lawyer office Fradkin and Weber whom they sent my judgment too. I tried to pay them and they did not know when and where the letter was going to be sent, they held my bank account for over 30 days when I tried to pay them, their staff did not know how to answer the questions that they should have been trained on, my bank tried to help them retrieve my funds and they did not know how to. I can keep on and on. This has been the worse experience of my life!!! No one should have a judgment against them but if you are trying to correct it and you are dealing with a company that does not understand how to collect the debt, never borrow money from them!!! I will call a family member or a stranger before I use their services again.
I got a loan from them out of absolute necessity when they were Springleaf. Lendmark has purchased them. Now I am in a position to pay the loan down if not pay it completely. When I called about a payoff amount, I was told that it was practically identical to my balance. In other words, for me to pay them off I have to pay off the entire balance.
Most of the time, with a loan, if you pay it off early, you aren't required to pay all of the interest that would be accrued if you paid it off for the full duration of the loan. Apparently, these people don't operate like this. Like everyone else said, they put up a good front. They seem professional and legit but these are predatory lenders who prey on people in need. Stay away or prepare to be taken advantage of. And, I would have rated this zero stars had that been an option.
Was not properly advised of what was being done. I was looking to get my current loan up to date and called to discuss my options. I was told I could get some additional money and was asked how much I wanted. I said an $1000 so they did what they had to do and called and told me I was approved. So I go to the office to sign the paperwork and had told them I was in a rush. So I was sat down and was given the paper to sign got my check and went back to my office. The next day I had the opportunity to sit down and read my terms of the loan and saw that I was being charged like $2700 more. So I said I would call them later that week.
The next few days went by and I received a letter from some insurance company and Lendmark saying that I had order this additional insurance coverage and that why was charged more for the loan. It also said I had 30 days to cancel it. I called the office and was told yeah they did add this coverage for me and I asked when was that disclosed to me. Nevertheless, I told them I wanted to cancel it and then I was told I can but I would still be charged that amount on my loan. So my choice was either give the money to some insurance company or take the additional cash for my loan. So me asking for an additional $1000 I ended up getting additional $3700 loan. To me this was a sham and I was tricked into taking out a higher loan amount than what I asked for. So now I'm thinking about filing bankruptcy because I didn't agree to this and then didn't have any way out of the dollar amount. Take my advised and stay away from this company.
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Collection harassment at its finest: I have a loan through Lendmark Financial (Baltimore Maryland) and will encourage any & everyone to BEWARE of their collection practices. I've contacted the FTC about their collection and harassment practices and got an intent to sue letter the next day for an account that was not even 30 days past due. They call faithfully to your home, cell, or employer requesting a payment, including one day after the due date, although they have a grace period for payments.
These people are very unprofessional. They contacted me about getting a loan through them so we go through all the information on the phone then they ask me to give them collateral so we go through that process. At the end the guy tells me he has to go talk to his manager real quick. He will be right back. He comes back and states that they don't want to work with me. Everything on my credit is current. I had a period from when I got out of the military that hurt me because nobody would hire me due to disability from me getting hurt overseas.
During this time I could not work so me and my family had a rough 1 1/2 years of bills and just trying to survive. I waited that long for my claim to go through the VA but I tell this guy this and he says "well that's not our fault you could not pay your bills because you was hurt." I said "oh really. You feel that way about the disabled military veterans." He just laughed and hung up the phone. I will do everything I can to take customers or potential future customers away from them.
Jeff at the Rocky Mount NC location near Walmart has a serious attitude problem. He tries to intimidate and scared people into making payments when you're not even 60 days late. He leaves voice-mails that I frankly don't think is appropriate but I guess LENDMARK does. Again I'm talking about my experience with Jeff. Glenn has been excellent so far. Will keep you all updated about this branch/location.
I had no choice dealing with this company. I had to get a new furnace and my heating and AC company deals with this company. My original purchase was in the neighborhood of $5500, however, even though I officially owe around $4200 right now, my statement says I owe around $7600. When I called a few times to have this changed, they not only saw nothing wrong with it, they said they were 'unable' to change it. When I mentioned how this inaccurately displays on my credit report as owning more than I technically do, they didn't care.
Besides that, I have fallen behind 2 payments and have been nonstop threatened (to 'go to the attorney's office'), harassed (call taker being unpleasant, rude, and demanding), lied to (called multiple occasions and then they couldn't find a record of the conversation, was told that I would only need to pay $7.58 for the monthly payment to keep my account only 1 month behind but the following week was told that whoever I spoke to was incorrect and therefore that payment didn't mean anything, and they continued to harass me), get disturbing letters about collections when it was only a few days past due, etc... I've been late on other things and have never been treated so poorly!!
For instance, just now, I received a call from them demanding payment today. I actually believe they are putting words in my mouth. I said I would get a paycheck Feb 10th and believe I made it clear that I want to pay this bill but that I don't have the money this exact day. She said that if I didn't pay it today that it would 'go to the attorney's office'.
You know, if you want to work for collections, the best way of doing your job would be to WORK WITH your customers, not bully or harass them. I know I owe this money and I'm sorry I was unemployed for 7 months by being laid off, and I'm trying to pay it off. If I call in and WORK OUT payment arrangements, don't call me the next week with a completely different story and then throw it in my face when I can't pay it. I would NEVER, EVER use this company again! They should be ashamed of their conduct (I've spoken to several people at Lendmark Financial). Now come to this site - I see I'm not the only one! My interest rate is around 28% and they 'offered' to refinance my loan to 35%. Do they think I'm stupid?
I got a loan from Lendmark Financial in 2011 for 5000. After paying on the loan for almost 4 years, I requested a payoff because I assumed I was almost finished paying. I was told that after paying for 4 years I still owe just about what I borrowed $4980. They told me that all my payments went to interest and late fees. I attempted to settle for $4,000 but they would not accept it. They would not negotiate with me at all.
After a few months, they filed a judgment. At court, I asked the attorney if I could settle the account again for $4,000. He told me he would take it back to the Creditor and get back to me. I called him and never heard back. This company also has other companies that will mail you letters stating that they are trying to assist you but they actually work with Lendmark I believe. Two months after the Judgment was filed, I got a wage garnishment. This company is a crook and should be put out of business. It's a shame that consumers have no rights in matters like this. I believe in capitalism but this is ridiculous.
Lendmark Financial is a company I would not recommend to anyone. I fell late on my payments and now I have to appear in court. Lendmark filed a civil suit to collect on a payoff that should be less, they filed because I was 60 days behind. This is poor customer service but they have an arbitration clause in their contact to help resolve any disputes that they are clearly violating if they are taking people to civil court. Something should be done to companies that use the court system to try and scare people into paying. No one wants to fall behind in paying their bill. It's just sometimes things happen that you have no control over. Then you have companies like this that uses this against you.
Let me start off by saying that I always try to avoid predatory lending but this company puts on a good front. It looks like they are legit with a decent office and some sort of affiliation with BB&T Bank. If you can take any advice about finding a loan (no matter what your financial situation is or credit score) do not go here! They have high interest rates and constantly want to refinance your loan to trap you. After about six month of paying they will send and call with offers to get an additional amount of money so they can trap you in their predatory scheme. Then when you get too far behind they will attempt to take you to court. Falling behind 60 days is unacceptable and they will take you to court!
They completely took advantage of myself and family by taking me to court in a different state and of course winning because they knew I couldn't be present 500 miles away. I was only 60 days behind with a payment set up to draft from my bank account. They do not care! They will take full advantage of the law (that works in their favor). I had to drain my savings account to pay them off in full which brings me to another point... Good luck trying to pay them the money they took you to court for.
It took 2 weeks to pay these people because of all the crap you have to jump through just to get them money. Not to mention they will continue the legal process by freezing your bank accounts and sending garnishment letters to your employer. Luckily I had a joint savings account in a complete separate state they couldn't freeze so I could get them the money! This is a payday loan multiplied by 1000. No matter how desperate you are for money, no matter how hard times get do yourself a favor a beg on the street before going through the hell that this company will put you through. To top it all off after it was finally paid the Lendmark representative stated "do not let this discourage you from attempting to apply for a loan in the future from us". Wow! If I could buy negative stock in a company I would gladly invest!
I got a loan through Lendmark in 2015. In Feb. of 2016 I had a bad fall and was going to be out of work for at least 3 months. I called them right away about this and they took care of my payments while I was off. No hassle whatsoever. I get calls from them all of the time to let me know how much funds I have available to me in case I need to borrow more, and to make sure that I am happy with their service. My husband also has a personal loan through them. Again no problems.
I would NEVER do business with this company. The customer service they provide is beyond farther than the worst I have ever seen. During my "application process", not once did I receive a phone call from anyone, even after leaving several messages for them to call me. I received a letter in the mail 2 weeks later. They are crazy to think I would continue doing business with them. I would rather take my business to another company and pay a higher interest rate, than to ever have them gain me as a customer. I think being made to feel like you are just "another number", would be a step above how I was treated. I am in my mid 30's, and own a very successful real estate title company, and I would NEVER in a million years treat anyone like they treated me. With as many contacts as I have in many areas of the community, I will definitely make sure that everyone I know will know exactly what a terrible company this is to do business with.
I just had my first garnishment to my paycheck without any warnings from Lendmark in Hagerstown, MD. I cosigned with my now ex-boyfriend on a motorcycle that was repossessed. In fact, after them calling me several times, I told them where to find the motorcycle! When I called after the repo and asked if there was a balance, I was told no the balance was zero. I checked my credit report and it said balance of zero. I have checked my credit report several times over the past few years and the Lendmark account for the motorcycle has been zero. Now 4-5 years later with no written letters; no phone calls, I am having my wages garnished! The original loan papers had my address and phone number as I was the primary applicant. My ex-boyfriend was co-applicant as my credit score was much high than his at the time.
When we separated, he kept the motorcycle as it was his. He made the monthly payments until I heard from you that he was behind and you needed to repossess it. When he moved, he apparently changed the account address to his new place of residence, therefore I never received any notifications. I understand I signed the paper and am responsible for the balance but where is Lendmark's responsibility in letting me know there was a balance? You had my address and phone number! I took responsibility and helped you find the motorcycle. I took responsibility and CALLED THEM to see if there was a balance and I was told zero balance! Now instead of the original balance, I owe a lot more due to interest, court costs, and debt collector's fees!!! And you are NOT even garnishing my ex-boyfriend's wages when he is working and living in the Hagerstown/Sharpsburg area!! WHY NOT?? They have his SS number.
You can't tell me they or the debt collecting company can't find him! When I called the Hagerstown Lendmark office and talked to the manger, he was very rude, unprofessional, uncaring, and downright mean! He wouldn't listen to me. He wouldn't let me speak without him interrupting and continually saying "You signed the papers. You're responsible." He kept saying that it didn't matter that the office people told me zero balance. That they must have been looking at the wrong screen. He was raising his voice to me and interrupting me, so I hung up and called your 800 number. Your 800 number person even told me I had A ZERO balance that day!
They switched me over to their lawyer. She was very nice and compassionate. She got my file and looked at it and said she would research it back to the beginning and call me back in an hour. She never called me back but I figured she needed more time to research it. I waited 2 days and finally called her. I was told that she was not in and wouldn't be back till after the weekend. I waited and still have not heard from her. Guess I'll be calling again. STAY away from this company!!
WOW! I just got this email and I had no idea what it was for so I called the number and they told me they couldn't give me any information! She did say my name though, Sharon. She said it came up on her caller ID. Then she told me that my name is not on the account and that they do not have any of my banking information on file! Who can I report these people to???"Dear Consumer, Thank you for your recent payment(s) request. This is to confirm your authorization for an electronic debit from your funding account payable to Lendmark Financial Services Collect pay on Jun 4, 2016 at 00:00 for the following account(s) that total $121.17. Account Number: **, Confirmation Number: **,
Effective Date: Jun 4, 2016, Payment Amount: $121.17, Fee Payable to Payment Processor: $0.00. The payment(s) will be completed on the effective date or shortly thereafter. In the event the electronic debit to your funding account is returned unpaid, an additional return item fee may be charged, as permitted by applicable law and will be reflected on your statement. If you have any questions, concerns, or require clarification regarding this correspondence, please call 866-413-8340."
I have received calls from Lendmark Financial Services in regard to my magazine subscriptions. They tell me they have my MasterCard on file and everything. The trouble is I have never subscribed to any magazines and I don't want them. When I told her that, she told me she could cancel any renewals on the account but I would still have to pay for the first 20 months. I have been reading some of the other reviews on this company and you need to stay away from them.
I have received several pre-approved loans from the company Lendmark and each time I apply I am denied. I want to be taken off your mailing list and do not ever contact me again. Pre-approved means pre-approved. I am not going to recommend any of my family or friends to do business with this company. What is the point in sending out pre-approved letters if you are not going to try and help the customers. The closest Lendmark company is in Opelika, Alabama and you can take the pre-approves and shove it. I had a offer code ** valid until April 1, 2016.
Took out a 6000.00 loan in Aug 2015, paid them 5900.00 in Sept.160.00 in Oct. 2015. Called for the balance in Dec and was told 45.20. Paid that thinking loan was paid, I was done with Lendmark. In Jan 2016 I get a bill saying I owe 6500.00. I called to see how this could be possible. They said I had a balance and every month it wasn't paid. I was being charged 216.00 a month in interest, but no one could tell me what my balance was that I was being charged. Very deceptive practice, invoices received never give the actual payoff amount. Consumers beware of this company!
I got a loan with Lendmark back in 2014, they were nice when I went in for my loan (of course), and I never had any issues as I always made payments on time. In November of 2015 I signed up for a debt management program. I have a lot of debt and after exploring my options, this was the best thing for me. It would allow me to continue to pay my creditors something and have money to put into savings. My debt management company called me and stated I needed to call Lendmark because "they had some questions."
So, I gave them a call on a Monday and had to speak to the manager (this is at their Overlea, MD location on Belair Road). From the moment he got on the phone, he was rude. His exact words to me were "Debt management is going to ruin your credit, just so you know. And I'm not enrolling in that program, you make your payments on time, so what good would it do for me?" Yes, I've always attempted to make my payments on time, but I was coming to them to let them know it is now a struggle and I most likely will miss payments, this option would be the best. He again said "I only accept like 5 debt management proposals a month and since you make your payments on time, I'm not accepting it." What a jerk! I've been a loyal paying customer for over a year, and I come to them with an issue and this is how I get treated. I even recommended family to them. NEVER AGAIN! I cannot wait to pay off this loan and be done. The worst, ever.
I visited the location in Kennesaw, GA and got a loan for $4000. And I've paid them a little over $3100 back in a year and not one dollar has went to my principal. So I still owe them $4000. That's **. I didn't sign up for a loan to where they would be charging me 100 percent interest and fees every month. And then if you are 1 day late, they will call you 3 to 4 times a day and leave you voicemails saying that they will sue you if you don't pay them within the next 3 days. So if you need a loan, run away and go to a real bank.
6 months ago I took out a loan of $3,000 for the moving in deposit of my new apt. I was one month late trying to get my new place situated. I am a student pursuing graduate studies. I called to ask for a reduced payment. RUDE! THEY ARE PREDATORY AND EVIL!! Stay away from Lendmark! I fell victim to them! The Lendmark Office is in Frederick, Maryland.
I took a loan with them and was making my payments on time sometimes more than what I was suppose to. For a few months (3) I fell behind a little due to job problems and still kept in contact with them on updates. They took me to court. I caught back up and was making regular payments again to find out they garnished my checks at work. Shady. I tell you go to hell before doing business with them! Or good luck.
Lendmark is predatory lending company. Stay away! I paid my account and was told the funds were applied to another account when I put the account # on the check. The person acted shock when I told her I could get payment history from my bank and the checks had cleared.
I was a customer of theirs for 4 years. Always paid my bills on time and was able to get out from under them. Well I took out a loan and used it against my truck in 2013 to help my now ex-wife get some items to open a bakery. Well all was well... still paying them on time and everything until me and my wife split up. I had to move out of state and start my life all over again and let Lendmark know what was going on and when I find a job I will resume paying the payments I owed them. I thought it was going to be fine because they said it would be fine and since I was a customer for so long that they would cut me some slack.
Well about a month ago I looked outside and saw my truck was gone, without a note nor a warning. I called them to see if I could get my vehicle back and the manager said he would call me the next day. Well I didn't get the call and all I got was a letter saying I lost my truck and it was going to get sold. Today I got a notice in the mail stating I still owe 10 dollars toward my account. I had no idea I wasn't going to be able to get my vehicle back. I got you Lendmark. You are a P.O.S company and I hope you go down in flames.
Lendmark Financial is a shady business and they need to be investigated. I took out a loan because I fell on hard time for a moment. I have paid them on time every month even when I broke my ankle and leg in June 2014 and had no income coming in. I missed one payment in Jan. 2015 because I had just returned to work from my injury and had to catch up on other bills. I made Jan. and Feb. payment the first week of March. Only Jan. payment was late. I hadn't been late since and they sued me for 2000 plus dollars for being late 1 month of ca $113.00 and it's on my credit report as a judgement of default for 2150 and I'm still making payments on time. Please if and is in drowning do not ask Lendmark Financial for help. You will be forever paying them off. 2000 will cost you 5000 after interest has increased.
This is by far the worst business I have ever seen in my life. I have a co-signer on the loan with them and if the payment is one hour late they immediately call, threatening to send the sheriff to her house and garnish her wages at work. My co-signer is an elderly relative who was kind enough to lend me her help and they know that if they call and say the right thing, it will scare her half to death and make her stress about it in order to receive a payment immediately. Absolutely rude and ignorant. I believe that I would rather walk than to have a vehicle financed through these idiots.
1st of all my loan was in Aiken SC and 1 got transferred to North Augusta SC. Loan number got changed without my knowledge. Allison In North Augusta store the manager has harassed me. Showed up at my door threaten to put me out her store as I was trying to understand about payments! They are just downright rude!! If you need money don't go to landmark especially in North Augusta South Carolina.
Due to winter, work was a little scarce. Got behind on payments. Would do my best to make any kind of payment. But ** and some other women at the Easton Maryland office would get ignorant and not want to take my payment. Constantly telling me I needed to pay more! I was trying at least! Today I even tried to make a $100 payment and they told me I needed to pay more and wouldn't even run my payment through my checking account! 2 weeks ago I tried to make an $80 payment and they wouldn't run it! I owe $170, if they took those 2 payments I wouldn't even be behind! Lendmark is full of crap. Tired of 15 calls a day and threatening voice mails!
If you need money go to a bank. This company is terrible. I have paid over $2000.00 on a $5200.00 loan and only 30 dollars has come off of the principal. If they call you, you better pick up right away 'cause 2 minutes later you will get calls from your relatives asking why Lendmark is calling them. When I found myself in a bind and was unable to pay on time, one of the ladies in the Columbus, Georgia branch told me that I would be sued and that 25% of my pay would be garnished. Don't fall into the trap.
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Founded in 1996, Lendmark Financial Services offers individuals personal loans across the U.S. The company is headquartered in Covington, GA.
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