Stop Loan Sharks

The England Illegal Money Lending Team launched its annual Stop Loan Sharks Week Christmas campaign today with the theme this year of avoiding illegal money lenders (loan sharks) online, amid concerns more people are falling prey to unscrupulous lenders on social media.

Alongside this, they have announced the following free online training sessions to increase awareness and help make sure that loan sharks do not take advantage:

  • Could You Spot A Loan Shark
    This will include
    – key things to look out for as a sign that a friend, client or colleague may be involved with a loan shark
    – the impact that illegal lenders have on victims and communities
    – how we can work together to stop people falling into the clutches of criminals.
    15 December 10:30 to 11:30 – more information and registration here.
    19 January 10:30 to 11:30 – more information and registration here.
  • Changing Lives – A loan shark victim’s journey and the part you play
    An additional learning tool for those that already know the basic facts, covering
    – the implications and facts around reporting or not reporting
    – victim safety
    – Data Protection issues
    – how to help victims open up about their situation.
    10 December 10:30 to 11:30 – more information and registration here.
    21 January 10:30 to 11:30 – more information and registration here.
  • Do you understand credit unions?
    9 December 10:30 to 12:00 – more information and registration here.
    26 January 10:30 to 12:00 – more information and registration here.

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