Stop Loan Sharks investigates and prosecutes illegal money lenders and provides support for borrowers in the UK. 

If you have borrowed from a loan shark or are worried about someone else, they can help and keep you safe.

Their  team of specially trained staff will provide you with emotional and practical support that is tailored to your needs.

If someone is offering to lend you money, you can check whether they're authorised to do so at: 

More information on how you can confidentially report a Loan Shark can be found on their website



If you can answer yes to one or more of these questions you might be borrowing from 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, benefit card, passport, watch or other valuables from you?