3. Loan sharks and illegal money lending
What is a Loan Shark?
Find out about illegal lending and what to do if you have borrowed from a loan shark.
Stop Loan Sharks
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) investigates and prosecutes illegal money lenders and provides support for borrowers in the UK whilst also offering help and advice for people who have borrowed money from an illegal money lender.
Checking a lender is authorised
You can find out whether a money lender is authorised by checking the register on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) website.
What to do if you owe money to a Loan Shark
In England, if you think a money lender is operating without being FCA authorised, you can speak in confidence to the Illegal Money Lending Hotline on 0300 555 2222.
You can also email the Illegal Money Lending Team at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or text loan shark and your message to 60003.
If you're threatened by someone who lends you money
If someone who has lent you money threatened you or is violent, contact the police straight away.
Do this even if it's an informal loan from someone you know, such as a friend of family member.