The Illegal Money lenders (loan sharks) team is part of Trading Standards, based on our doorstep at Birmingham City Council. We work together as part of the local Financial Inclusion Partnerships, spreading the message warning against borrowing from lenders who are not registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. We are also grateful for their help funding some of our publicity materials – posters, leaflets and pull-up banners.
The Illegal Money Lenders team can be contacted in confidence 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
Telephone: 0300 555 2222
SMS text message: send a text to 07860022116, beginning your message with “loan shark”
The Loan Shark team have also developed a series of lesson plans and resources for primary and secondary schools – simple enough to be useful for adults as well as children. They also have more video resources on their Youtube channel