CLEVELAND, Ohio (6/2018) — The term “loan shark” might bring to mind a scene in a movie where a gangster takes a crowbar to the kneecap of a down-on-his-luck gambler who can’t make good on repayment of a loan.
The term “payday lender” might bring to mind an image of a legitimate business, complete with a bright green sign, that offers loans at extremely high interest rates targeted at people with low incomes or who would otherwise not qualify for traditional financing.
Are LOAN SHARKS and PAYDAY LENDERS the same?
The answer: Sort of.
Historically, a “loan shark” describes a lender that charges very high rates, Anne Fleming, an associate law professor at Georgetown University, said in an email.