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Online Payday Lenders Sued Over Unsuspecting Borrowers

A federal judge shut down two online payday lending operations after U.S. regulators said they extracted more than $36 million from customers who never agreed to loans.

The operations bought personal data about people who were researching loans at other websites, deposited unsolicited money in their accounts and debited finance charges that exceeded the amount of the deposits, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission.