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
Reporting 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
Further details on Reporting a Loan Shark can be found on GOV.UK's.