Concerns rise over “buy now, pay later” loans


BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Attorneys General from 21 states, including Massachusetts, are asking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to take a closer look at loan practices that may be in violation of state and federal consumer laws.

Read the letter from the Attorneys General to the CFPB.

The coalition of attorneys general are concerned about “buy-now-pay-later” (BNPL) lending practices that may cause consumers to be stuck in rotating debt. These are installment loans that offer consumers the option to purchase products or services on-line with little or no money down and then pay off the loan in short payments. While most BNPL loans don’t charge interest, they do charge a fee for late payments which can cause a significant increase the amount of the loan. They report late or missed payments to credit bureaus, impacting credit…

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