SF City Attorney Uses ‘Call Me Maybe’ Parody To Reach Claimants

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is going the way of pop music to try to get people to come forward, who might have been scammed through short-term payday loans.

After his office reached a settlement agreement in a 2007 lawsuit for customers scammed through short-term payday loans at Money Mart locations, Herrera’s office was looking to reach stragglers who may not have stepped forward to file a claim.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Some people who took out loans were scammed into as much as 400 percent interest rates and Herrera said some of his office interns this summer came up with the idea to make a music video that was a parody of the huge pop hit, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.

With the deadline looming to file claims on October 1, Herrera said he hopes the video called “Pay Me Maybe” goes viral.

“We’re doing everything we can to make sure we publicize the settlement we reached with Money Mart so we can reach the maximum number of potential claimants who might be entitled to a refund of between $20-1,800 from a $7.5 million restitution fund,” Herrera said.

Those looking to file a claim can call the City Attorney’s Money Mart Settlement Hotline at (866) 497-5497 or by visiting his website to complete a claim form.

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