Following an ASIC investigation, payday lender Cash Converters will refund $10.8 million to consumers who received small amount loans under approximately 118,000 small amount credit contracts. Cash Converters has paid a $1.35 million penalty following the issuing of infringement notices by ASIC.
ASIC has agreed to accept an enforceable undertaking from Cash Converters following concerns that, in respect of small amount loans processed via its online website at www.cashconverters.com.au, Cash Converters failed to make reasonable inquiries into consumers’ income and expenses, particularly in situations where the small amount loan was presumed by the credit legislation to be unsuitable.
In addition, ASIC had concerns that Cash Converters did not take reasonable steps to verify consumers’ expenses in accordance with its responsible lending obligations. Instead of assessing the actual expenses recorded in a consumer’s bank statements, Cash Converters applied an internally-generated assumed benchmark that had no relationship to the real expenses of the individual consumer.| | | Next → |