Silicon Valley has helped enhance just about every aspect of modern life. Naturally, Mohammad Mansour figured it could help solve his money problems, too.
Mr. Mansour borrowed $7,680 from Lending Club, a San Francisco lender offering loans more conveniently and with lower interest rates than a traditional bank. He then obtained a $10,000 loan from Prosper, another online lender based in Northern California.
An accountant from Queens, Mr. Mansour earns about $64,300 a year. He took out a third online loan and then a fourth. He now owes $31,600 to three virtual lenders. And he is struggling to pay off the debts.