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Loan Apps Are Now Forming WhatsApp Groups To Tell You To Pay Your Debts

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Opera has been under a lot of scrutiny because of their loan apps these past few days. Users all over the world can’t help but air their views on the matter. While the Opera browser has a number of features that could attract people away from Chrome, Google’s product completely dominates the market.

According to a new report, Opera has expanded into loan apps to help bring in extra revenue. However, their extortionate interest rates and short repayment times put them in violation of Google’s Play Store policies.

Hindenburg Report on The Loan Apps

The interest rates are 438%!!!

Hindenburg Research has published a report alleging that Opera is running four Android apps aimed at India, Kenya and Nigeria. Namely, CashBean, OKash, OPay and OPesa, that appear to be in direct violation of Google Play Store policies forbidding predatory loans and deceptive descriptions. The apps would claim to offer maximum annual percentage rate (APR) of 33 percent or less. Actually, the rates were much higher, climbing to 438 percent in the case of OPesa. While they publicly offered reasonable loan terms of 91 to 365 days, the real length was no more than 29 days (for OKash) and more often 15 days. This is well under Google’s 60-day minimum.

If the report is accurate, though, Opera is in trouble. Google could easily pull the loan apps (if not more) from the Play Store, and Opera’s reputation will be trashed. The apps are still on the PlayStore and we’re waiting for an official word from Google.

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According to endaget, Opera objects to Hindenburg’s allegations. A spokesperson pointed Engadget to a statement on its investor site claiming that Hindenburg’s report included “numerous errors, unsubstantiated statements, and misleading conclusions and interpretations.” The company also said in email that it believed Hindenburg was merely trying to “short Opera shares.”

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  1. […] to shame a borrower into paying up. In fact, in Indonesia, loan apps have been reported to form WhatsApp groups with a user’s contact list and then tells members to ask you to pay. It is as controversial as it sounds, but we have not seen […]

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