Some people are motivated to consolidate debt
online because they know they can save a lot of money by taking
advantage of low interest rates. Others are panicking to find a quick and
easy solution to help them deal with a mountain of debt.
Whatever your motivations, a decision to consolidate
debt online may be the solution but before you make your decision or
offer detailed personal information to debt consolidation companies check
to see what they have to offer.
Don't consolidate debt online with the
first company that promises to get you out of debt or help reach your
goals quickly. If their promises sound too good to be true, you can bet
The Better Business Bureau has received tens of
thousands of complaints from consumers that have fallen prey to false
representation and unethical practices of some debt management companies.
Whether you want to consolidate online or deal with a
debt management company face to face consider the following tips:
Find out if the company you want to deal with
has a good record with related consumer agencies such as the Better
Stay clear of companies that fail to offer
you a free consultation or those that offer a free consultation which includes
little more than a sales pitch that promises to solve your problems if you
sign up with them. You want
someone who will thoroughly discuss your financial situation, needs and
Don't give your business to companies that
charge large, up-front fees to set up or manage the financial option you
choose. A modest processing, application or credit report fee may be
Get all your questions answered and find out
what the terms are. Companies that offer high interest rate loans with
harsh conditions and penalties built into the consolidation loan are often
the same high pressure companies that promise you the moon.
Find out if the staff that you are dealing
with is trained and/or certified to help consumers deal with personal
finance issues such as credit, debt, budgeting, bankruptcy and so on. You
only want to deal with trained, courteous and accessible staff members.
Never give out your personal information
unless you are familiar with the company, know why they require it and can
provide it via a secure server if you're communicating online.
Be leery of and certainly don't pay anyone
that promises to repair your credit without finding out how they can do it
legally and how you can do it yourself for free.
So is it safe to consolidate debt online?
it can be. By all means surf around the net to discover the best place for
you to consolidate debt online. Before you decide on a company, do
a background check, get all your questions answered and follow
the above tips to protect yourself as you work to achieve your financial