Someone recently reached out to us about Sparks Lending, so I thought it would be helpful to do a review. We will call him, John.
Here’s a summary of what he said,
“I received a mailer from Sparks Lending pitching a debt consolidation loan. The representative explained the process, and it sounded a lot like debt settlement (also known as debt relief) where you stop making payments to creditors, send to a trust fund, and then come to agreements with creditors. Sparks Lending called it credit modification.”
Here's an example of a Sparks Lending mailer. Does this look familiar? If it does, let’s dive into what is Sparks Lending, what is credit modification, how much will this option save you, Sparks lending legitimacy, and what should you do.
Now, if you are struggling with debt and wondering what to do next, we built a free, unbiased debt options comparison calculator (not even an email address is required) that provides a wide range of debt options that may be able to fit your budget. The data is personalized to your income and expenses, so you can get accurate costs, pros and cons, and options.
I could find very little information on Sparks Lending. For example, check out what I found when I searched Sparks Lending on Wayback Machine.
I could not find anything on BBB related to the same Sparks Lending.
When I used ICann Lookup, I found that the website was just registered in June, 2022.
This may be the most surprising thing I found in my searches. When I searched the Sparks Lending phone number on Google, look what came up.
I clicked on the link, and here’s what someone had added.
From my research and based on John’s experience, credit modification does NOT sound like a debt consolidation loan, and sounds like a debt settlement program.
Now, if you are looking for a debt consolidation loan, there are 3 debt consolidation loan companies that we have vetted 1) Only do a soft check to check your credit 2) Do not charge prepayment penalties. With debt consolidation loans, it may be helpful to check your rate from multiple places to get the best rate. If you aren’t able to qualify, then some individuals look at debt settlement.
If you are unfamiliar, Debt settlement is the process in which a third party negotiates and settles with your creditor on your behalf. The goal of a debt settlement firm is to find a lower payment that will fully satisfy the debt that you owe. So, a debt settlement may try to settle a $20,000 credit card balance for $10,000. This can provide ample savings and a potentially lower monthly payment.
I was the previous CEO of a debt settlement company, and I believe debt settlement can be a good option for some, but not for others.
Will debt settlement save you money though?
Based on the lack of history, lack of BBB, and lack of reviews, I am unsure whether Sparks Lending is legitimate. It could be legitimate, but I do not know.
As the phone number came up as a social security scam, I would also proceed with caution.
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