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Online lender pays $3.85M to settle FTC charges

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that Avant, LLC, an online lending company, has agreed to settle Commission charges that it engaged in deceptive and unfair loan servicing practices, such as imposing unauthorized charges on consumers’ accounts and unlawfully requiring consumers to consent to automatic payments from their bank accounts. The FTC charged that, in many cases, the company falsely advertised that it would accept payments by credit or debit cards, when in fact it rejected these forms of payments. The FTC also alleged that the company withdrew money from consumers’ accounts or charged their credit cards without authorization. In some instances, Avant charged consumers duplicate payments without authorization, improperly taking consumers’ monthly payments twice or more in one month. In one egregious example, one consumer’s monthly payment was debited from his account 11 times in a single day. See our Penalty Pages entry for additional information.

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