Scrambled image of one of Blue Global Media's sites

The Federal Trade Commission has shut down the operator of a large network of online loan sites that promised to find people the loans with the lowest rates, but actually sold users' data to third-parties, most of which weren't even lenders.

The target of FTC's ire is a company named Blue Global Media, LLC and its CEO, Christopher Kay, against which the FTC filed an official complaint last Monday, July 3.

According to the FTC, since 2012 Blue Global Media operated a network of 38 websites that promised users to match them with the best payday, personal, or auto loans using Blue Global Media's proprietary technology.

Hoping to find loans with the smaller interest rate and friendlier terms, users entered a slew of personal details on Blue Global Media's websites, such as names, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, financial and banking information, driver's license, state ID numbers, income data, military status, home ownership info, and many other more.

Blue Global Media sold 98% of the user data to non-lenders

The FTC says that Blue Global Media allegedly collected in-depth data from over  15 million loan applications, but only 2% of these were sold to actual loan lenders, while the rest was sold to non-lenders, with complete disregard for user privacy or without obtaining the loan seeker's permission.

In addition, the FTC says that Blue Global Media allegedly didn't match loan applications based on loan rates or terms, and in most cases, it sold the loan application to the first lender that offered to fill it, to the detriment of the users who used their site.

Company agrees to shut down in settlement case

Two days after the FTC filed its official complaint, both Blue Global Media and Kay agreed to a settlement. As per the settlement's terms, the company agreed to a default judgment of $104,470,817, the sum they obtained from selling customer data to non-lenders.

According to the settlement, they also filed for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, effectively agreeing to shut down all operations.

As per a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the FTC will sell off any Blue Global Media assets it can get its hands on to cover a portion of the $104 million fine.

Below is a list of all domains that Blue Global Media used to allegedly trick users into giving their personal details. All now redirect to the FTC website.

100dayloans.com
1hour-advance.com
1hourdirect.com
1hourlend.com
1hourpersonalloan.com
247loan.com
24sevenloan.com
3clickloan.com
3yearloans.com
5kloans.com
5minuteloanapplication.com
800900cash.com
autoloansusa.com
cashmojo.com
clickcashadvance.com
clickloans.net
clicknloan.com
eloanpersonal.com
fast-advance.com
fast-advance.net
faxfreecash.com
highspeedpayday.com
houradvance.com
littlepayday.com
loanmarketplace.com
magicinstallmentloans.com
money411.com
moneynowusa.com
moneytoday.com
moomoocash.com
needcash.com
netloansearch.com
netloanusa.com
oneclickloan.com
onehourloan.com
rockstarloan.com
sevenminuteloans.com
supersonicpayday.com