Mariner Finance LLC gives loans to borrowers with bad credit, who can use the money to cover everyday expenses.  Mariner Finance receives a lot of consumer complaints to our law firm for debt harassment. Find out who they are, why they might be calling, and how you can stop them.

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What is Mariner Finance LLC?

Mariner Finance, LLC is a consumer loan provider based in Maryland. Mariner has received many consumer complaints, some of which allege violations of consumer laws, including illegal communication tactics and failing to verify debts. If you have been contacted by Mariner, make sure you understand your rights before taking action.

Is Mariner Finance a scam?

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Mariner Finance, LLC is a legitimate loan provider founded in 2002. The BBB established Mariner’s profile page in 2005. The BBB lists Mariner under several business categories, including loan and banking services, investment advisory services, mortgage brokerages, and financial services. Mariner uses the alternate business names Pioneer Credit Company and Sunbelt Credit Holdings. Buzzfile estimates Mariner’s annual revenue at $11.2 million.

According to its website, Mariner was founded “by a group of financial experts with a common goal: to apply their wealth of knowledge to serve the specific financial needs of each customer.” Mariner’s staff of financial professionals“work with [consumers] to create a solution that fits” their specific needs, rather than issuing loans only to borrowers who qualify according to established standards.

Mariner offers loans in three general areas—personal loans, auto loans, and home loans. Their personal loan division offers loans for debt consolidation, unexpected expenses, home improvement, vacations, and weddings. Mariner’s auto finance division offers loans to refinance existing loans, or for the purchase of new or used vehicles. Their home loan division accepts applications for first-time home purchases, home refinancing, reverse mortgages, and additional options for underwater mortgages and mobile homes.

Mariner issues loans for a minimum amount of $1,000 to a maximum amount of $25,000, depending on the state in which the loan is issued. Mariner describes itself as a consumer finance company that is not affiliated with Mariner Bank. Mariner reports directly to Equifax and Transunion credit reporting agencies. Mariner’s Resource page offers information about how to apply and how to make payments, but there are no references to consumer protection or financial regulatory laws or agencies.

How many Complaints are there against Mariner Finance LLC?

The BBB has closed 162 complaints against Mariner Finance in the preceding three years, with 57 closed in the past 12 months. Complaints are fairly evenly split among those alleging problems with billing and collections; advertising and sales; and customer service. Since March 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 84 complaints against Mariner, and Justia lists at least 5 cases of civil litigation involving Mariner Finance.

Can you help me file a No Fee Lawsuit against Mariner Finance LLC?

Absolutely. Here are some Sample Cases filed in Federal Court

In May 2016, in the Appellate Division of Superior Court of New Jersey, a plaintiff appealed a previous denial of her claim against Mariner in their attempt to recover the unpaid portion of a defaulted auto loan. Initially, in August 2010, the plaintiff issued a promissory note secured by her car and payable to Mariner Finace in return for a loan of $7,745.75. In March 2012, the plaintiff defaulted on the loan. The promissory note provided that if any installment was not paid when due, the remaining balance would become due immediately, with a penalty of 21% interest attached. On default, the plaintiff owed $2,378.50. Mariner filed suit to collect the defaulted amount. The plaintiff failed to answer the complaint, so a judgement in favor of Mariner was entered. Subsequently, the plaintiff entered a claim challenging the default judgement, but the judge rejected it, directing the plaintiff to refile the complaint as “an actual counterclaim in the Special Civil Part matter.” The judge provided additional instructions; specifically, that the plaintiff’s “‘counterclaim will only be filed by the court if her motion to vacate default is granted…[and] that ‘[i]n the event default is not vacated, [the plaintiff] may file a new complaint under a new docket number with the proper filing fee.’” Unfortunately, the plaintiff failed to file the counterclaim as instructed, and Mariner obtained a default judgement in the amount of $2,480.07.

Next, in February 2014, the plaintiff filed a new complaint asserting “that her car had broken down and that she wanted Mariner to repossess it in order to relieve her of future payments under the loan,” to which Mariner Finace replied with a complaint seeking summary judgement of sanctions for filing a frivolous complaint. The judge denied the plaintiff’s complaint, granted Mariner’s request for summary judgement but denied their request for sanctions, then dismissed the matter. The plaintiff filed for reconsideration, which was denied. The plaintiff again appealed this decision. The May 2016 hearing considered this appeal. Ultimately, all of the previous decisions were upheld, citing the plaintiff’s failure to have followed the directions of the judge with regard to filing her counterclaim and her subsequent demonstration of a “clear abuse of discretion.”

Contact Information

Mariner Finance, LLC
8211 Town Center Drive
Nottingham, MD 21236
Telephone:(844) 338-2080
Website: http://www.marinerfinance.com/

Mariner Finance LLC Calling You?

Understanding your Debt Collection Rights

The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) are federal laws that regulate how collection agencies may conduct themselves.

The FDCPA prohibits actions such as the use of abusive or threatening language; or the use of false or misleading information to collect a debt.

The FCRA regulates how collection agencies report information to credit reporting agencies.Additional consumer protection laws include the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

The complaints above illustrate why it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities under these laws when attempting to communicate with collection agencies.

These laws also provide individuals with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs, in cases proving violations of the FDCPA. Seek legal assistance if you are having difficulty resolving a dispute with a collection agency.

Want to Stop Debt Collection Harassment Now?

Your debt harassment checklist:

  • You are receiving multiple calls per week from third party collection agencies
  • You are receiving early morning or late night calls from debt collectors
  • You are receiving calls at work from a debt collection agency
  • Debt collectors are calling your friends, neighbors, or coworkers
  • Collectors are threatening you with violence, lawsuit, or arrest
  • A debt collector attempts to collect more than you owe
  • You are being threatened with negative credit reporting
  • A debt collector attempts to intimidate you
  • Criminal accusations are being made towards you
  • Use of obscene language during an attempt to collect
  • Automated robocalls are being made to your phone in an attempt to collect

If you’ve been harassed by debt collectors and even one of these has happened to you, we can help. We will fight for your rights.

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Can You Help Me Delete Mariner Finance LLC from My Credit Report?

Chances are good that we can help.  Call us today and we’ll explain.

Can Your Firm Help me Deal with Mariner Finance LLC?

In short, the answer is yes. Contact us to find out more.

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3 COMMENTS
  • michelle

    The People versus Mariner
    It is very oppressive to deal with Mariner. I have been experiencing illegal communication tactics, unfair debt collection methods, shrewd accounting practices and evasive customer service with Mariner.
    unfair debt collection practices
    Both me and my daughter were sick. I explained to the company my daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She oftentimes left home and also went missing. The cops had to find her each time she left home. I was also due for a surgery for multiple tumors. I did not have a job for months on end after paying through my nose each month I paid $76 even when I wasn’t sure where my rent money was coming from. A Mariner agent came to my door several times and
    After, I defaulted on a Mariner Loan and they took me to court, the payment they agreed on with me in court was applied as late charges. Even till this day!! And this is well over a year. I have solid proof: the court documents as well as the records the company sent me from their Baltimore office.
    When I was paying them online, I compared them with other companies I paid online. Mariner was the only Loan Company I know who charge the customers two dollars each time the customers use their website to pay a monthly installment. On the other end, Mariner won’t allow customers to pay online on their website once the customer defaults on the loan (even after they took me to court and made payment agreement with me).
    For Mariner, the law is a crooked and very winding one way street! Mariner knows how to manipulate the strings of the credit reporting agency and the state laws regarding who qualifies for insurance for their loans. So a 1,200 to 1,500 dollar loan, total repayment to Mariner is well over $5,000.
    When I mailed in my payment to their Frederick office, one week early, I called the rep in Frederick and she confirmed my payment was received early. But one week later, the shrewd rep in their Baltimore office called and asked me where my payment for that said month. I realize I couldn’t trust this company, so I decided to pay them through my Wells Fargo account so I will have a third party method to verify my payments. When I paid through my Wells Fargo bank account, the company’s rep in their Baltimore office behaved very shrewdly. She sent me a long list with my payments all recorded as late fees thus resulting in my account balance going nowhere after a year or more following the court date.
    embarrassed me. She left a yellow notice with printed information hanging on my door knob for my neighbors to see.
    Mariner took me to court. After the court date, even without a job, I borrowed money from a relative and paid Mariner one week early, through my Wells Fargo bank account to this date. The company continued to report my payments as seriously delinquent to this date. I contacted the agent in Baltimore who called me asking about my payments. She sent me a long list of my payment history. The list shows my payments as late every single month since the court appearance. My Wells Fargo bank records can refute this because it is the empirical evidence that I have more than obeyed the court ruling in their favor by always paying Mariner early. I have solid proof of payment from my Wells Fargo bank account.
    I requested the records because I have no way of knowing how much I owe them after making monthly payments. You don’t know how they are applying your payments. With their unclean tactics, you will never finish repaying this highly unethical company. Their practices are highly unethical, so unclean and way outside the bounds of reason!

  • Robert McNeil

    I went to apply for a loan at mariner finance recently. I told this person let’s not waste each other time.i ask her do I need good credit to get a loan because I seen a ad on there web site saying loans for good, fair and bad credit.she said we don’t go by credit report.we go by income to debt.she have me a call later that day said I need a co signer.i got a cosigner.they ran our credit.waited 5 days for a answer.i finally had to call and I was turned down for a loan because of our credit.this woman lied to me from the start.there and plainly says loans for people with bad credit.please help.

  • mike

    We have defaulted on our loan and Mariner is currently trying to sue, Mariner finance is demanding a 900 dollar payment, and will not accept anything less. They have been calling my fiances employers and her personal phone threatening legal punishments, including garnishment and jail time. She has done nothing to deserve jail time, being late on a loan payment is not punishable with jail time. I just need legal advice because these asshats are impossible to deal with.

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