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Harassed online by Loansharks? Use licensed moneylenders instead!

Harassed by Loansharks ‘大耳窿’? Use Licensed Moneylender!

The digital age has certainly changed the way business is done. And the illegal moneylender (loansharks) have taken it to new heights. We at Empire Global take a look at how the industry is changing rapidly.

Harassment Online: Name Shaming

Loansharks are now using social media to take their “Owe$Pay$” threats online. One creates a fake account that replicates the borrower’s with similar name and befriends everyone that he knows. And then the big hit comes whereby the loanshark starts placing posts on the account.

They even use postcards with pictures of the victim’s identity card, plastered with O$P$ and plastered them onto the fake account. This is just one such antic being used by them.

By name shaming and cyber bullying the borrower, the unlicensed moneylender gets to publicly let the victim’s closest ones know about his borrowing issue.

Help Yourself from Illegal Moneylender

Firstly, the law is on your side in an online bullying case. Facebook complaints falls the Protection from Harassment Act (POHA) because he had claimed the content on Facebook was false.

Secondly, under the Moneylenders Act, any person who, acting on behalf of an unlicensed moneylender, commits or attempts to use any threatening, abusive or insulting words, behaviour, writing, sign or visible representation, or commits any act likely to cause alarm or annoyance to his borrower or surety, any member of the family of the borrower or surety, or any other person, may face up to five years in jail, a fine between $5,000 and $50,000 and is also liable to get caned.

With the police clamping hard on harassment cases coupled with the use of modern technology plus social media, the police have come up with alternatives to get the public at large to help them.

Posting images of loanshark harassment, with their deeds online, the police appeals to the public to turn n such offenders. Such as Liu Yimin Lynnette, 28, who was charged in court facing seven charges of splashing red paint on doors and pasting envelopes with “O$P$”, the unit numbers of the borrowers, and a mobile number on the walls beside the units.

The young woman (above) whom the police were looking for in relation to loanshark harassment has been charged in court. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

The young woman (above) whom the police were looking for in relation to loanshark harassment has been charged in court. — PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

News publishers such as AsiaOne has taken this another step further by showing a map of the money harassment cases (Loanshark Harassment Hotspots) occurring in Singapore. These are public information gathered from SPH news sources to give the public a better look at the harassment cases by illegal moneylenders.

Borrow from Licensed Moneylender Instead

Simply avoid all these harassments that could ruin your name by going to proper licensed moneylenders instead. There are limited licensed moneylenders and every year it becomes harder for businesses like us to maintain the moneylender license.

This is due to changing policies that improves the safety nets of borrowers. We encourage these moves by the government no doubt as it makes things smoother for us.

With strict regulations by the government and heavy punishments for licensed moneylenders if they made offences. Hence borrowing from licensed moneylenders make a better choice.

Negotiations between lending officers becomes easier too. Tell us your concerns and we can help you.

Interest Rates Take a Hike with rising Sibor in Singapore. Look at how it will affect you.

Interest Rate Spikes & Latest in Moneylenders News

Money, money and more money! The recent news about the US interest rates hikes has hit our shores in Singapore and the news is not entirely encouraging.

The three-month Sibor, which is used to price most loans and mortgages here, has been inching its way upwards due to interest rate hike in the United States and a weakening Singapore dollar versus the greenback. The recent announcements by MAS to reduce the Singapore dollar from appreciating aims to keep the Sibor elevated.

The Sibor is fixed daily by the Association of Banks in Singapore based on quotes from banks on what they expect to pay for interbank loans that day. In short, it is affected by liquidity in the banking sector.

“The reduction of the appreciation slope could keep pressure on the US and Singapore dollar exchange rate and thus could ensure Sibor remains at current levels … This move by MAS helps keep Singapore policy on a stable footing, and we expect it to be modestly beneficial for Singapore bank earnings,” analysts from Morgan Stanley said in a research note.

Interest Rate Hike: What does it mean for You?

Many housing loans offered by banks are tied to three-month Sibor. Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC), for example, has 3 types of home loans and one that is currently offering home loans at three-month Sibor plus 0.85 percentage points for the first three years, according to its website. Lending rates are reviewed every three months. As the Sibor is set to increase, so will the interest rate rise. Home owners will eventually face higher mortgage payments.

“We had expected the bullish move in the SOR and Sibor since last year,” says UOB economist Francis Tan (source)

Analysts are looking at further upside to about 1 to 1.2 per cent at the end of the year. Effectively leading to an interest rate of about over 2% for home loans.

Let us assume an outstanding housing loan of S$500,000 and 20 years remaining. With the current interest rate of 1.5 per cent, this works out to a monthly payment of about S$2,410.

If the interest rate is increased to 2 per cent, the monthly payment would rise to around S$2,530. Should the rate rise to 3 per cent, the monthly payment would be S$2,770.

What to Do Next with Higher Interest Rate?

Higher interest rates charged by banks affect your loans directly. Thus you will see your loans, home mortgage loans, renovation loans slowly inching its way up.

Hence start reviewing your loans! For example, review your home loan packages every two to three years. Look at the trends Conventional wisdom has it that you should review your loan package every two to three years, or before the promotional period ends and your bank raises its premium on the interest you pay, which increases your monthly instalments.

In short, think long term and look around for good deals. Always negotiate with the bank on refinancing options.

Latest in Moneylending Industry Singapore

DPM Teo added that the improved situation was due to the tough laws enacted, strong enforcement efforts against loan-shark syndicates and the high level of community support in the fight against unlicensed moneylending activities.

According to DPM Teo, about 1,900 people were arrested for unlicensed moneylending and related harassment offences on average yearly between 2011 and 2014, while about 2,600 were convicted in court for these offences.

Debt Collectors in Singapore creating a fuss & harrassment at Funan Digital Mall Singapore

Debt Collectors in Singapore creating a fuss & harrassment at Funan Digital Mall Singapore

Seen the recent hype about public harassment during working hours? Debt collectors created a ruckus at Funan Mall over unpaid debts. Moreover, this was during working hours infront of the public eye.

With clamping down on unlicensed activities and harassment cases, this is looking good for us licensed moneylenders at Empire Global. The image of licensed lenders is changing for the better as tougher laws are weeding out bad lenders. Thankfully, the ruly debt collectors have been arrested for unlawful assembly.

Sources
http://business.asiaone.com/news/what-do-about-home-loan-interest-rates-rise
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/debt-collectors-who-created-scene-funan-mall-foodcourt-arrested-po?page=15

Unsecured Borrowing Changes: Why You Should Be Aware

Unsecured Borrowing Changes: Why You Should Be Aware

Singapore – As the nation progresses aggressively and competes against the other countries, there are now an increasing number of new borrowers in the market. This has led to several changes in credit lending rules in the past years and there is are new regulations to look at. More borrowers are exceeding their unsecured debt limits and over borrowing past their financial limits.

Consumer credit trends have stabilised and is in a healthy state, although some borrowers have over-extended themselves. Let us at Empire Global explain further on how individuals are affected.

According the the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), about 3% of unsecured borrowers are in unsecured debts that exceeds their annual incomes. Unsecured debt is money owed that is not tied to any assets, in contrast to secured debt such as housing and car loans. Examples include credit card debt and personal loans.

This prompted the Credit Counselling Singapore (CCS) to look into cutting borrowers debts by offering a centralised repayment solution. CCS will roll out a centralised repayment solution to help borrowers coordinate negotiations across financial institutions and work out a repayment plan.

The plan will take into account a the borrower’s background such as borrower’s income, expenditure, needs and loan obligations. All the leading retail banks have agreed to get on board with the new system by the first quarter of next year. For moneylenders, borrowers are highly encourage to speak to the loan officers to negotiate a suitable loan contract between themselves.

As A Borrower?

Saving Yourself From Unsecured Debt

Saving Yourself From Unsecured Debt. New Unsecured Rules to aid borrowers.

Starting from June next year, borrowers will be barred from getting additional credit if their debt exceeds their annual income for three straight months.

With major crackdowns on illegal lending and moneylenders providing bad practises, the various agencies are clamping down hard on offenders. The police in August released its Mid-Year Crime Brief, which revealed that there were 3,235 cases of unlicensed moneylending reported in the first six months of this year. This was down 31.6 per cent from the 4,729 cases reported over the same period last year.

Furthermore, social safeguards such as the continuous crackdown on illegal moneylenders are taking place. There’s many of such lenders providing bad advice and hidden rules + charges that are disallowed by the government.

This is why we at Empire Global strongly emphasize the importance of understanding the terms of borrowing and letting customers know about it. We do not engage in forcing borrowers to sign but instead tell them the best way forward for them.

This is why we value our financial loan officers very much and also why as a borrower you should go only to licensed moneylenders. Always practise financial prudence.

What’s New for Unsecured Lending?

As mentioned before, the advisory committee for moneylenders have now come up with suggestions stating that the total amount that a person can borrow would be just four times the amount of their monthly salary.

Loans for borrowers earning below $20,000 a year will be capped at $3,000. Interest rates are also expected to be changed, as the committee suggest it to be capped at four percent a month. These are actually great news for all borrowers as they are strict rules which prevents moneylenders from illegally charging more than the norm. Least now there’s would be a standard across the board.

Read about what the new Advisory Committee has to say about unsecured loans

Our Advise for Getting Unsecured Loans?

Be smart. Maximise your money by making smart financial decisions. Try to cut your debts quickly and borrow wisely. Only when you need it especially for life emergencies. Learn about the various loan offering available (payday loan, personal loan, unsecured loan, bank loans, etc). Choose on that best suits your financial needs and do not over borrow. Borrow only what you really need.

Should you need credit advise from official channels, you can contact the Credit Counselling Department and they will guide you through. If you need loan advice or how to properly plan the credit you need, you can also contact us at Empire Global and our loan officers will best advise you.

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Applying Online for Payday Loans

Why use an online payday loan service?

Credibility & Reputable Lenders

It’s especially important to find a payday loan service that is scrupulous, honest and has a good reputation for treating its customers with sound advice. One of the primary things is reputation and with that Check their online reviews! So read about the profile of money lenders online, and choose them wisely. Browse through the many directories on money lenders online. Our favourite one is http://www.sgloansdirectory.com.sg as it provides a comprehensive coverage of money lenders around Singapore.

What about Online Payday Loan application

Here’s some of the top reasons people apply for a payday loan online:

Save Time: With the internet bringing you fast information, you no longer need to read the papers for a money lender. A quick search online will allow you to find a reliable money lender for a payday loan online. There are many reliable directories even for such financial services. A popular leading directory is  http://www.sgloansdirectory.com.sg

Save Money: Sometimes bank charges, overdraft fees, over credit-limit fees or late payment fees gradually add up to more than it would cost you to take up a payday cash loan to repay your bills.

Save your Credit Reputation: Service providers look at your credit reputation with them and may cut off your basic needs if you have a bad credit reputation. Credit card companies look into your credit history too when you want to apply for a new credit card or requesting a higher credit limit. This is why its important to repay back your bills promptly and keep a good credit reputation.

Save Your Face: No one likes to ask for a loan from someone. Especially family members, friends or an employer for a cash advance. With a payday service, one can repay bills without additional strains to relationships.

What can I do to prepare myself for financial emergencies?

No one can always predict an emergency, but you can be prepared for one. Ideally, you should have emergency savings set aside to cover your household expenses for at least three to six months. If this goal is too high, aim to save at least one month of your salary. Now that you know more about payday loans, you can decide the kind of loans to suit your needs.

Payday loans can suit consumers who need emergency cash advances for a brief period of time. Although it could be pegged with interest rates higher than banks. But if you understand how to use a payday loan correctly, you can make the most of these services. Hence apply for payday loans appropriately and responsibly as a payday loan may be more affordable than the alternatives in the market. Read more on everything about payday loans.

You can now apply online with us at Empire Global just by filling in the loan application form.

 

Foreigner Loan Made Easy

Foreigner Loan – A Complete Guide

A guide to getting a Foreigner Loan

New to Singapore? Working in Singapore as a foreigner? Unfamiliar with financial terms and unable to secure a loan from the banks? In need of financial aid quickly?

Does any of these above mentioned sound like you? The good news is that in Singapore, it’s easy to get a foreigner loan to help you in times of financial crisis. There are a lot of licensed moneylenders and banks willing to speak to you on loan assistance. Most will be patient and will take their time to understand your situation and assist you.

For businesses like us, it’s better as most people will take debt more seriously in a foreign country. Hence this makes the application process simpler and easier.

Why would I need a Foreigner Loan

There are things that might crop up at the last minute. In Singapore, medical fees are expensive for foreigners and these are only minimally subsidized by the employer. As a foreigner, you pay lots more for medical services. There are also visa issues or legal fees that you might run into over the course of working in Singapore. Not to mention the escalating housing rental. All this takes up a toll on your salary and this is why most foreigners consider taking up a foreigner loan.

A 3 Minute Foreigner Loan Application Process Guide (Singapore)

In Empire Global we like things to be simple. Therefore, we have written up a complete guide for you to obtain a foreigner loan. At the same time you can apply online or call us and we would be most willing to listen and work out the details with you. Just post us questions on anything about loans or advice on repayment policies and we can consult with you. The charge? Free of course!

Basic Requirements required from Money Lenders

These are basic requirements that a licensed money lender would need. It would quicken the process if you are able to fulfil all the requirements. An employment letter plus a valid working pass or your own passport is the minimum for an application.

  1. Have a passport, work permit, valid E-Pass or an S-Pass (required)
  2. Has an appointment/employment letter sent from their company. (required)
  3. Have an existing residential tenancy agreement.
  4. Have PUB bills, phone bills or a tenancy agreement that reflects your salary.
  5. Obtain a bank statement for the past 6 months.
  6. Working in Singapore as a full time worker and obtain an employment letter.

Steps to getting a Foreigner Loan

  1. Get ready all the above requirements and documents
  2. Submit a loan application online with us
  3. Or Give us a call directly
  4. Wait for approval! Usually less than an hour

Our Empire Global Foreigner Loan Features

  1. We allow you to pay back your loans in monthly installment plans
  2. We have made packages, flexible to suit your every need or situation
  3. We have made easy structured repayment packages for you to understand
  4. An instant approval process once all the documents provided are approved
  5. Friendly bilingually* trained loan officers to assist you (Chinese and English)

As one of the leading and most trusted, licensed loan companies in Singapore, you can trust us on our reliability and service standards. Empire Global has the correct expertise and experience in helping you. Our personalized foreigner loan packages are made to suit you.

Satisfied Foreigner with their loan

Satisfied Foreigner with their loan

All you need to know about Pay day Loans

Payday Loan: Everything you need to know

Tight on cash this month? If you are, one option you may consider would be taking up a payday loan. A quick and fast cash loan subjected to your salary.

By definition, a payday loan is a short-term, unsecured loan. At times its referred to as “cash advance”. The interest rate is much higher in comparison to personal loan but the merit is that the loan is processed quickly and you so not have to give any security

Why people get A Payday Loan

Demand for payday loans have soared over the years due to the rapidly increasing cost of living and a non-existent rise in salary. Due to this worrying fact, more people are opting for payday loans and some are unable to repay them. We really do not want you to get caught in this debt trap so before you take a payday loan out, we want to be doubly sure that you understand what you are signing up for.

It helps to keep and maintain the basic needs that one may have. Not just that, life emergencies requires cash quickly. This is one of the many typical scenarios whereby a payday loan could really help you.

Many a times some of our customers got their loans from illegal moneylenders in Singapore who charge them extremely high interest rates. These unlicensed moneylenders target those who are desperate. Offering no obligations instant loans and take advantage of the borrower. These borrowers usually end up in higher never-ending debts.

Like always, we strongly advise you to get a loan from a licensed moneylender.

Basic Requirements for a payday loan?

Payday loan is our area of expertise. Empire Global specialises in payday loan and personal loans in Singapore. We do no judge base on race or nationalities when it comes to a payday loan.

So whether if you are a foreigner living in Singapore or a local, or just unfamiliar with the loan industry. Do no hesitate to drop us a call @ 6259 1883 or use our instant quote. Our loan officers will shortly attend to you in one hour.

Eligibilities
• Full time employment.
• Age above 21 years old and below 65 years old.
• You must be a Singaporean or Permanent Resident.
• Bankruptcy Do Not Apply.

Call us direct on any loan enquiries that you might have. We want you to make the correct decision. Do check out this guide provided by the Ministry of Law on borrowing from licensed money lenders.

What are the Advantages of a Payday Loan?

Loans differ on case by case basis. A personal loan might not be a right fit for you should you should you need advance cash faster. Basically there are 5 main advantages of a payday loan as compared to a bank loan.

1. Quick, fast, convenient. Payday loans are common in the market and the competition is high. There is a great variety of such short term loans and multiple offerings. Hence with a little bit of research and bargaining, you could get a better deal.
2. Payday loans are much easier to attain vs those by large financial institutions. Pay day loan serve as great alternatives to other loans provided by banks.
3. Smaller loan amount makes repayment much easier. Payday loans are kept small as they are meant to assist you in life emergencies. Essentials like keep your own house operating by paying for the multiple bills you have incurred. Smaller loans also allows affordable repayment options for many. This loan can be used for both businesses and personal transactions.
4. Lower qualifying requirements. As the amounts are smaller, the processes are far fewer. Most of the time cash advances are made accessible and transferred to the borrower’s account within a couple of hours.
5. Improves credit history. Payday loans are still loans. Since the loan amounts are smaller, it is easier to repay them. If you have previously failed to repay other loans, this is one of the easiest ways to improve your credit score ratings.

There are many cash loan and pay day loan located conveniently in Singapore. Once again we emphasize you to choose wisely on the money lender and loan plans that you intend to get. Great advice and guidance are some of the many things that our highly trained loan advisors take pride in. We always take time to assist you through when you apply for a loan or a non-obligationary quote enquiry.

We provide online application for pay day loans that are accessed and replied to you within an hour. Quick and great service is one of our promises.