You or someone you know may feel under pressure to borrow money at some point. We strongly advise against this because turning to doorstep lenders and loan sharks can quickly become a serious problem. Loan sharks can offer you cash but demand huge amounts of interest on your repayments, and may threaten you or take other valuable items from you if you don't keep up.
If you find yourself owing money to a loan shark there is help for you out there. ‘Stop Loan Sharks’ is a government agency that can investigate, prosecute and even put them in prison. You can report a loan shark or illegal money lender to ‘Stop Loan Sharks’ in complete confidence – you don’t even have to leave your name.
Call them any time on 0300 555 22 22 or report online at here. Live chat is available on the website 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
‘Stop Loan Sharks’ has also released a new free smartphone app where you can find confidential advice on how to spot a loan shark, how to access credit unions, and how to access debt advice services. You can also access real-life stories from victims and survivors of illegal money lending. The Stop Loan Sharks app is free to download on both iOS and Android devices on the App Store and Google Play Store.