High-interest lender stumbles into 2013 with further cases of fraud.
The embarrassing instances of fraud refuses to go away for Payday lender Wonga.com with further cases of fraud against unwitting members of the public and a deafening silence from the lender’s own publicity department.
You might have thought that the newspaper publicity, embarrassing appearance on the BBC Watchdog programme and now, it seems, big hole in Wonga’s own accounts would have encouraged the lender to get it’s house in order – yet evidence suggests that even more members of the public are continuing to be chased for loans taken out by fraudsters through the online company.
A member of the public contacted us at Understand-Credit after finding just over £325 missing from her bank account at Natwest. She had never been a Wonga customer, and never borrowed money from a Payday loan company. The first she knew about the fraud was when she went to an ATM and was refused a withdrawal.
I contacted Wonga by phone and had to hold for what seemed like forever. It sounds a bit melodramatic, but you really panic. I work as a police administrator and one of the conditions of my employment is that I keep a clean credit record. Sounds stupid but I was seriously worried that they would be able to get at the savings I have been building up for 3 years for a house deposit.
I finally got through and got referred to a fraud team. I was told it would all be sorted and to be fair I did get the money back, but it was 9 days later and I am really not convinced it will won’t happen again – especially as I got a letter from the debt recovery department a week later chasing more money. I rang back and was told to ignore the letter – but without being dramatic, how can I ignore a letter like that? I have spent about £50 getting credit reports from the different agencies but after speaking to them I need to check them next month and the month after to see if anything bad comes up. I really don’t need this stress because if they have blackmarked my name then I’m not going to get a mortgage easily in these times.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated case. A website was recently set up – aloadofwonga.com – by a Wonga fraud victim who was dismayed