Report a loan shark

Loan sharks are illegal moneylenders who often charge very high interest rates. You can check if a company is authorised to lend money and report loan sharks anonymously.

Check if a lender is registered

You can search the Financial Services Register for companies and individuals authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Telephone: 0800 111 6768
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Saturday, 9am to 1pm
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Report a loan shark

If you spot a loan shark or you’ve borrowed money from one you can report them anonymously.


Illegal Money Lending Team
Telephone: 0300 555 2222
24-hour service
Text a report to 07860 022 116
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Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit
Telephone: 0300 123 3311
24-hour service
Text LOAN SHARK and the lender’s details to 60003
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Trading Standards Scotland
Report a loan shark online
Telephone: 0800 074 0878
24-hour service
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Northern Ireland

Trading Standards Consumerline
Telephone: 0300 123 6262
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