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10 Pa. Code § 41.2. Advertising.

§ 41.2. Advertising.

 (a)  In a printed or written advertisement, a licensee shall set forth its corporate or fictitious business name, or both, as designated in its license certificate; except that with respect to direct mail solicitation, it is only necessary for a licensee to set forth its corporate or fictitious business name, or both, once on any one of the pieces constituting a mail solicitation. A licensee shall set forth prominently its corporate or fictitious business name, or both, as designated in its license certificate on or at the entrance to its place of business. A licensee shall retain copies of advertising matter for at least 6 months following the final public dissemination of the advertising and shall make the advertising available upon request for inspection by the Administrator.

 (b)  The Administrator will prohibit the use of advertising matter by a licensee which, in his opinion, is false, misleading or deceptive or encourages the purchase of debt instruments from a licensee or its affiliates when the licensee knows or has reason to know that the debt instrument may not be paid at maturity. A licensee referring to payments on loans in an advertisement shall specify the amounts of the payments and the number of payments or period of time required to discharge the obligation.

 (c)  A licensee may not use the term “legal rates” in an advertisement, nor may similar phrases be used in an advertisement wherein the use might mislead the public into believing that the rate charged is the legal rate established by section 202 of the act of January 30, 1974 (P. L. 13, No. 6) (41 P. S. §  202). A licensee may not use the phrases “low rates,” “lower rates,” “lowest rate in the city” or other similar phrases unless the licensee is able to substantiate the statements to the satisfaction of the Department, upon request.

 (d)  Advertisements of a licensee shall be limited to the business contemplated by the act, except that a licensee may combine an advertisement of that business with an advertisement of another leading business if the advertisement clearly distinguishes the amounts of loans or the types of transactions offered by the respective businesses. The charges applicable to each type of loan or transaction shall be shown when reference is made to rates charged in combined advertising.

 (e)  On direct loans referred to licensees by dealers or merchants in which a part of the loan is paid to dealers or merchants in payment for goods or services, as authorized by a consumer, the Administrator reserves the right to ascertain whether the selling price of the goods or services is reasonable in order to detect the concealment of illegal commissions, fees or other charges to a consumer. A licensee who knowingly participates in the granting or solicitation of loans embodying illegal fees or in the granting or solicitation of loans where consumers are induced by a person to purchase merchandise to obtain a loan shall refund the charges to the consumer and shall be subject to the penal provisions of the act and revocation of license.


   The provisions of this §  41.2 amended June 12, 1998, effective July 6, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 2687. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (237512) to (237513).

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