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All loans are subject to regulations and conditions. The legal information relating to these regulations and conditions can be viewed here. We advise you to read this information fully before applying for a loan.
Loans are provided by Five Star Finance Company. Written quotations are available on request. All lending is subject to appraisal by the Bank of the applicant's financial status. To apply, you must be at least 18. APR and repayment details are correct at time of print. Certain purposes of loan may be excluded or have limited repayment periods; please contact us for details.
We charge interest in the period between the start of your loan and your first monthly repayment. As security for your loan we have a right to set off. This means that if you are in breach of your Standard Loan agreement we may take any money you owe us from any other accounts with us which have a credit balance, including a joint account providing the conditions allow and there are sufficient funds.
Products and offers are subject to conditions and can be withdrawn without
notice. The rate you are offered will depend on credit assessment procedures,
your personal circumstances and other related factors.
As for the information needed, you will need to fill an application which contains your personal information and also the loan information, this will help us give you a full documentation of the loan terms and agreement contract which you will be expected to sign and send back to the company for approval if satisfied.
PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION:
On the application, you will be asked to provide a proof of Identification, which might consist of an international passport, a driver's license, a national Identity card or a work Identity card as the case may be.
Data Protection Act
By submitting this document
I confirm that I have read the information sheet "Uses of Data" and agree that the information I have provided in this application, and any other information relating to my account (s), may be processed and disclosed in the ways described.
I agree that I would pay the company a cost of transfer fee.
I agree that information on the performance of my account (s) may be shared with Credit Reference Agencies and may be used by other lenders for credit assessment.
I agree that any sensitive information obtained will only be processed in order to provide the service requested.
I understand that information held about me by the Credit Reference Agencies may already be linked to records relating to one or more of my partners, including records held in previous or subsequent names. For this application I may be treated as financially linked and my application will be assessed with reference to any 'associated' records'
I am entitled to disclose information about any co-applicant or guarantor and/or anyone else referred to by me, and to authorise you to search and/or record information at Credit Reference Agencies about each of us. I understand that an "association" will be created at the Credit Reference Agencies, which will link our financial records.
Uses of Data
A Service of Quality
We place paramount importance on customer service and aim to meet your expectations on every occasion.
To achieve this aim we need accurate personal information about you. Please help us take prompt and efficient action by informing us of any changes to your personal circumstances either by visiting your Branch, calling Phoneline (24 hours a day) or by writing to us.
We have a legal obligation under the Data Protection Act to ensure that all information held and processed about you complies with the principles of the Act.
The Act requires all personal information to be treated in the strictest confidence and to be used only for purposes of which you are aware.
We will treat all your personal information as private and confidential (even when you are no longer a customer). Nothing about your accounts nor your name and address will be disclosed to anyone, other than in four exceptional cases permitted by law. These are:
where we are legally compelled to do so;
where there is a duty to the public to disclose;
where disclosure is required to protect our interest; (This will not be used as a reason for disclosing information about you or your accounts, including your name and address, to anyone else for marketing purposes.)
where disclosure is made at your request or with your consent. (This can be either as a result of an application for a product or service or by signing an explicit declaration as part of the application. Consent does not need to be in writing if the service is provided over the telephone.)
From time to time we will employ agents and sub-contractors to process your information on our behalf. The same duty of confidentiality and security will apply to our agents and sub-contractors and all processing will only be carried out under our instruction and will be supported by written contract.
Using Your Personal Information
Providing the service for which you have applied
Your details will be used in providing the service you applied for and for the ongoing administration of the service. If you are taking out insurance, your details will be passed to the insurers for this purpose. If you make a claim, any information you provide to the insurers may be put onto a register of claims through which insurers share such information to prevent fraudulent claims. A list of the participants and the address of the operator are available from the insurers.
If we cannot offer you a loan, we will pass your application details to our selected third party, Approvals (Broker-Support) who will contact you if they can potentially source your application with an alternative lender. If you do not wish for your application details to be transferred in this way, please tick the following opt out box.
Keeping You Informed
There may be times when we feel that a service or product offered by us or a selected third party may benefit you. We may use information we obtain from your account transactions in this decision-making process. To make you aware of the service or product we may contact you by mail, telephone, fax, e-mail or other reasonable method to give you further details so that you can make an informed choice.
You are, of course, under no obligation to apply for any of the services or products offered. If you prefer not to receive any of this information, please write to us at Data Unit, Bank of Scotland plc, Freepost NWW15306, City House, City Road, Chester CH88 3YZ. We will only contact you by fax where you have given us your explicit consent.
Research & Statistical Analysis
We will use your details to assist us in understanding individual needs and business trends in order to improve the products and services we offer.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small piece of information which can be placed into your Internet browser by a website you may have visited. These can be retrieved at a later date by the website which originally placed the cookie.
Some cookies only last as long as you browse a particular website, and are deleted as soon as you move to another site. Other cookies are stored by your browser and later retrieved by that website when you visit it again. Typically this type of cookie could deliver a personalised welcome message since it will 'recognise' the user.
This allows us to track which particular banner advertisements used on third party sites have successfully led customers to our service. They also manage the appearance of advertisements on your browser, preventing you from getting the same advert more than once.
All our cookie data is encrypted and cannot be read by any other website. We do not store any personal or traceable customer information in the cookies we use.
It is possible to disable these cookies when using our websites, whilst still retaining full access to most website content and use of any functionality (such as mortgage or loan calculators).
Our online services (for example, online Banking, online Share Dealing, etc) use Microsoft Active Service Pages (ASP), which need cookies to operate properly. When using our online services, it is important that your Internet browser is set to accept cookies, otherwise you will not be able to use the services to their full potential, with some functions not working at all.
Retrieving a previously saved quotation
Online sign-in authentication
'Timeout' processing (eg automatically signing-off a user after 5 minutes of inactivity for security purposes)
Cookies also help provide you with informational messages, and ensure your transactions are secure.
If you want to delete any cookies already on your computer, please refer to your file management software instructions on how to find the file or directory that stores cookies.
Protecting Our Customers
We always try to protect you from entering into any agreement that may not be in your best interest. When you apply for credit we may use a process known as Credit Scoring. This will help us to assess your application to ensure that you are able to re-pay the borrowing comfortably and fulfil our duty to you as a responsible lender. Declined applications based on this automated technique can be reviewed manually on request.
In considering an application we will search your record at Credit Reference Agencies. They will add to your credit file details of our search and your application and this will be seen by other organisations that make searches. We will also add to your record with the Credit Reference Agencies details of your agreement with us, the payments you make under it, including changes to your personal information such as previous or subsequent names, any default or failure to keep to its terms and any change of address you fail to tell us about where a payment is overdue. When opening accounts we may search public records such as the electoral roll that are available from the credit reference agencies to help us verify your identity. Associations™ linking your financial records may be created on your credit reference agency records when you apply for accounts in joint names. Your financial records, and those of anyone financially associated with you, including records held in previous or subsequent names, may be considered in any future applications you make. We will check your details with fraud prevention agencies. If false or inaccurate information is provided and fraud is identified, details will be passed to fraud prevention agencies to prevent fraud and money laundering. Further details explaining how the information held by fraud prevention agencies may be used, can be obtained by calling us.
We may use credit scoring methods to assess your application and verify your identity. Members of our group and other companies may use credit searches and other information supplied to us and/or the credit reference agencies about you and someone linked financially with you, including previous and subsequent names of parties to an account, to make credit decisions about you or other members of your household. Any of this information may also be used for identification purposes, debt tracing, preventing money laundering and managing your account.
We may give details of your account and how you conduct it, including records held in previous or subsequent names, to credit reference agencies. If you borrow and do not repay in full and on time, we may tell credit reference agencies who will record the outstanding debt.
We will check your details with fraud prevention agencies and if you give us false or inaccurate information and we suspect fraud, we will record this.
We and other organisations may use and search these records to:
help make decisions about credit and credit related services for you and members of your household;
help make decisions on motor, household, credit, life and other insurance proposals and insurance claims, for you and members of your household;
trace debtors, recover debt, prevent fraud, and to manage your accounts or insurance policies;
check your identity to prevent money laundering, unless you furnish us with other satisfactory proof of identity.
If you want to receive details of the fraud prevention agencies from whom we obtain and with whom we record information about you, customers should contact our Fraud helpline
For these purposes we or they may make further searches. The Credit Reference Agencies and fraud prevention agencies will also use the records for statistical analysis about credit and about insurance and fraud.
If you have experienced problems obtaining credit we recommend you request a copy of your credit file from the Credit Reference Agencies. They will charge for this service. Their addresses are shown below.
Anti-Money laundering and statutory obligations
To comply with money laundering regulations, and to help stop criminals using financial products or services to launder money, there are times when we need to confirm (or reconfirm) the name and address of our customers. We may need to do this whether you are applying to be a new customer or have been one for some time. This information may be shared with other HBOS Group companies. For more details about identity checks on account opening, please ask for our leaflet About You - Personal Information and Your Identity. Some Acts of Parliament oblige us to disclose information about our customers to certain bodies with statutory powers. For example, we must give information to authorised benefit fraud investigators where fraudulent benefit claims are suspected. In addition, the Inland Revenue has the statutory authority to audit our customers accounts from time to time.
If you e-mail us, or give us your e-mail address, we will keep a record of it. We will not give your e-mail address to any unauthorised third parties. When e-mailing us, always use the e-mail facility on our websites to make sure that the content of your e-mail is secure. If you send us e-mail in other ways, remember that it will be insecure and could be intercepted. If you do send us insecure e-mail, please keep the amount of confidential information you include to a minimum. We will do likewise when we reply.
Crime Prevention and Detection
We have systems that protect our customers and ourselves against fraud and other crime. Customer information can be used to prevent crime and trace those responsible. We may check your details with fraud prevention agencies. If false or inaccurate information is provided and fraud is identified, details will be passed to fraud prevention agencies. Law enforcement agencies may access and use this information. We and other organisations may also access and use this information to prevent fraud and money laundering, for example, when:
Checking details on applications for credit and credit related or other facilities;
Managing credit and credit related accounts or facilities;
Checking details on proposals and claims for all types of insurance;
Checking details of job applicants and employees.
Please telephone if you want details of those credit reference agencies and fraud prevention agencies from whom we obtain and with whom we record information about you. We and other organisations may access and use from other countries the information recorded by fraud prevention agencies. You have a legal right to these details.
Where your business has been introduced to us from a third party, we will pass back information about you and your agreement that may be necessary for the purpose of administration, payment or settlement. The person who introduces you to us may use this information for marketing purposes, but only with your consent.
The Data Protection Act defines information about the following as 'sensitive' (racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life, criminal proceedings and offences). If you apply to us for insurance, we may ask you for some 'sensitive' details. We will only use this information to provide the service you require and we will ask for your explicit consent. As a customer, there may be times when you give us sensitive information. We may share it with other parts of the HBOS group and our subcontractors to keep your records up to date. Some transactions that you (or an additional cardholder) make on a card account may cause sensitive or confidential details to appear on your statement. If your card is used for such transactions, we believe that the details appear on your statement with your explicit consent.
The Details We Hold
These uses of your personal information are covered by our notification under the Data Protection Act. Under the terms of the Act, you have the right to obtain a copy of the information we hold about you, upon payment of the appropriate fee.
We hope that you have found this information of interest. Please be assured that the Bank will actively review your personal information on a regular basis to ensure it is accurate.
If you have any questions or concerns on the use of your personal
information, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time
Credit Reference Agencies Addresses
If you would like a copy of your credit file, please write to the following, enclosing a cheque or postal order for Â£2. You will need to tell them your full name and address(es) for the last six years.
For Our Business Customer
The Data Protection Act does not apply to companies in themselves but it does extend to sole traders and partnerships. When an application is received from a business, in addition to the above information, information may be sought from credit reference agencies on the company directors and/or partners as individuals.
You can obtain a list of all of the companies in the HBOS Group by writing to us.
Telephone calls may be recorded for security purposes and monitored under our quality control procedures.
Bank of Scotland plc complaint handling procedures meet the standards required by the Financial Services Authority. A copy of these procedures are available on request.
Your application form will be sent to us through a 'secure session' using banking standards encryption. This is achieved with 128-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), that encrypts your data which is then transmitted securely over the Internet.