Your credit is a tool that lenders use to determine how worthy you are of having money extended to you based heavily on your payment history and outstanding balances compared to availability. Your credit report is often used to make such decisions. The three major credit reporting agencies are Equifax, Transunion and Experian. All three credit reporting agencies receive monthly information on your payment status from a number of sources, particularly, whether your payments have been on time. However, your credit score for each of the agencies may not be the same and could possibly vary by several points. This has to do with the fact that all vendors do not report to each of the agencies, therefore, all of your activity may not be represented on all three of your credit reports. Other information that may be collected and listed on your credit report may include tax liens, bankruptcy filings and court-ordered judgments. Judgments and liens can stay on your credit report for 7 years and collection activity can be resubmitted each time your past-due is bought and sold. Chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies, on the other hand can remain on your credit report from 7 to 10 years.
Your credit may also affect your ability to get a job, your ability to rent an apartment and the associated security deposit, and it may also determine your insurance rates. However, the burden of determining your approval or rejection is not the credit reporting agency.
Before applying for credit or a loan it would be to your benefit to order a copy of your credit report to verify that your information is correct. You can get a free copy of your credit report once a year or in the following circumstances:
You may submit a request online at www.annualcreditreport.com, which is sponsored by the three major agencies, or call toll free at 1-877-322-8228. You may also complete an annual credit report form and mail it to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, Georgia 30348-5281
You may also contact the reporting agencies individually:
One way to protect your mail is by using a locked mailbox or a P.O. Box. With a secured mailbox, other individuals will not have access to important information such as credit cards, bank statements, checks and other sensitive information. Also be sure to retrieve your mail from the mailbox as soon as possible. When you are mailing items, you can keep them secure by taking them directly to a mail carrier, post office or a blue collection box. Leaving your outgoing bills and mail in your mailbox can alert thieves who are looking for personally identifiable information.
Do not volunteer or provide this information in response to any unsolicited contact or correspondence. This includes phone calls, texts, e-mails and letters. Keep in mind that with the exception of lenders and credit card companies, reputable businesses will not typically contact your to request that you give them complete access to your information. Also, carry only the necessary items with you while keeping the information that you will not need immediately in a safe and secure place. If you let others into your home or share your living space, be sure that no one can easily find your personal information.
Although this was once a common practice, reconsider pre-printing your Social Security Number, driver's license number, or telephone number on your checks. Having all of this information available for people to see makes it that much easier for your identity to be stolen.
There are individuals and thieves who pick through other people's trash looking for valuable trash and sometimes information in which to commit fraud. Any trash that can be used to identify who you are or what your associations are should be shredded prior to disposal. Items to be destroyed or shredded should include bank statements, insurance information, blank, canceled or voided checks , anything that has your Social Security Number on it or anything that has an account number associated with a company that you do business with. Be sure that your shredded documents cannot be easily reconstructed.
Having your paycheck direct deposited will not only provide more convenience by eliminating the hassle of trying to make it to your bank during business hours, but it also prevents your paycheck from being stolen.
Monitor your bank statements and account activity regularly and report any suspicious transactions, discrepancies or unauthorized withdrawals. State and federal laws exist to limit your losses if you become a victim or theft or fraud but catching the activity early may give your financial institution a greater advantage in investigating the matter and resolving it faster. Also contact your financial institution if your credit card or bank statements do not arrive on time. If these items are missing, there is a chance that they may have been stolen.
Many financial institutions will give you the opportunity to go paperless which means they will no longer mail paper copies to your address. Instead, they will notify you by e-mail when your statement is ready to be viewed. You can view your activity online without having to worry about your paper statements being stolen.
Hackers can steal personal information that is transmitted over the internet as well as stored on your computer. As mentioned above, one way to protect your identity and avoid scams by not responding to unsolicited e-mails or opening attachments from unknown sources. To confirm the validity of an e-mail contact the appropriate institution but do not use the same contact information provided in the e-mail.
You can take additional precautions by setting up a firewall and password on your home network and personal computer. Use passwords that will be difficult for a hacker to guess by mixing up letters, numbers and symbols. Updating your security software regularly can also be a deterrent to unwanted access.
No collateral is necessary or accepted for our cash advance or installment loan product. Collateral is needed for our title loans and it must be a free and clear title.
For a cash advance, it does not matter if you have bad credit or no credit at all. Our loans are designed to help people in need of emergency credit, so we understand that you may have had credit troubles in the past.
All you need is to be employed or have proof of income, be a US citizen at least 18 years of age and have an active checking account. Members of the military and those who have recently filed for bankruptcy are not eligible for an online loan.
At Rapid Payday, we give you options when it comes to how you want to apply for a loan. You can visit us at any one of our Store Locations and receive your money in person within minutes. Because we are flexible, you can also Apply Here, and fill out an online loan application. This gives you the convenience you need to get your loan directly deposited into your bank account without leaving your home. Online loans are usually deposited into your bank account within 24 business hours.
A cash advance (also known as a “payday loan”) is a short-term loan, often utilized to cover unexpected expenses. Cash advances usually incur a flat fee. These fees, along with your borrowed amount, are to be paid on your next pay day.
For Ran Pal, living paycheck to paycheck was no longer an option when trying to raise five kids with his wife of over 15 years (yes, they were high school sweethearts). He came from a car sales background so it made sense for him to someday own his own dealership. After many years, long hours and hundreds of Saturdays later, Ran finally had enough money to open his own dealership... or so he thought. After talking with a bank and quickly being turned down, he started to look into other forms of financing; this was right after the market crash of 1987 after all. It was then a friend introduced him to the alternative finance industry. This is where Ran learned all about loans, financing, and after many, many pots of coffee later, a new business was born. His home office truly was a 'home office,' it was a used desk and folding chair in the corner of his basement. It wasn't until years later that Ran was finally able to get his first store and as they say, the rest is history. Over two decades and hundreds of chairs later (we finally got the fancy kind with the rollers and cushions on them for our employees), he's proud of having over 50 locations in multiple states.
When Ran opened his first store he listened to everyone's stories of why they needed to borrow money, and it really struck a chord with him. From the hundreds of stories he has heard throughout the years, he created one simple philosophy, "Bad things happen to good people." He believe this still rings true today, so much that it's in the employees training manuals and even posted at every store location. The philosophy is ingrained so much, that it became the catalyst for the company name. "Every one of our customers has their own story. We know things come up, that's why we got into this business in the first place. It's the reason why we like to be flexible with our products and payment options. It's how we became Rapid Payday."
Ran wanted to be more than just another finance company, so he took his success and put it to good use. Under his leadership the company has generously contributed to its communities where their clients and employees live and work. The companies Make-A-Wish Foundation efforts were initiated under his supervision along with over 25 non-profit organizations that benefit from the company. Due to Ran's unequivocal stance on the importance of financial education, Rapid Payday is also committed to teaching disadvantaged adults and children how to properly manage their money through programs held at local communities. We know that not all people can attend these classes so please, check out our Consumer Education page.