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Stop Loan Sharks

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With the cost of living rising, it is more important than ever to be on the lookout for Illegal Money Lending. The England Illegal Money Lending Team is a national team that investigates and prosecutes Illegal Money Lenders and provides support to individuals who have borrowed from them.

This page tells you about illegal lending and what to do if you have borrowed from a loan shark. The information is taken from the Illegal Money Lending Team website which is available here

We are delighted to announce that SDAIS is now recognised as a Partner Organisation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team for our work in raising awareness and tackling loan sharks in Stockton!

What is a Loan Shark?

To be allowed to lend money as part of a business, the lender must be registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. If they’re not what they’re doing is against the law. People who lend money illegally are often called “loan sharks”

REMEMBER! If you’ve borrowed from a loan shark you haven’t broken the law - they have.

How can I spot a Loan Shark?

  • Did they offer you a cash loan?
  • Did they not give you paperwork?
  • Did they add huge amounts of interest or APR to your loan?
  • Have they threatened you?
  • Are you scared of people finding out?
  • Have they taken your bank card, benefits card, passport, watch or other valuables from you?

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions then you might have borrowed from a loan shark

REMEMBER! Loan sharks often pretend to be your “friend” and they may seem nice at first by offering to “help you out” but if you’re worried you can get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL advice. You don’t even have to give your name if you don’t want to

Take a look at this video, produced by the Illegal Money Lending Team for more info

What Can I Do if I think I’ve borrowed from a Loan Shark?

There are a lots of different ways you can contact the Illegal Money Lending Team

The Illegal Money Lending Team will be able to answer any questions that you might have and can allocate you a dedicated worker to help you through the whole process.

Any information you give the team will be treated in strict confidence and they can support you every step of the way.

If you ever feel threatened or unsafe, you should call the Police straight away on 999

For more information, visit the Stop Loan Sharks website at - 

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