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Beer mats alert customers of illegal loan sharks

Date: 09/02/2012           Category: Trading standards

Don’t get bitten by a loan shark – that’s the message from Medway Trading Standards who have teamed up with pub landlords to warn customers about the dangers of borrowing from illegal money lenders.

Trading Standards has distributed beer mats to a number of Medways pubs and bars to warn the public about falling prey to loan sharks.

The beer mats feature a striking image and useful contact details for ways to report loan sharks.

This initiative is just part of the teams ongoing work to tackle illegal money lenders, working in partnership with the England Illegal Money Lending Team, a specialist unit in place to investigate and prosecute loan sharks.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O’Brien said: “People who have borrowed money from loan sharks can feel they have no one to help them but through Medway Council’s Trading Standards Team’s partnership with the England Illegal Money Lending Team we are trying to support these people, combat illegal money lending and raise awareness of the pitfalls of borrowing in this way.”

Trading Standards is urging Medway residents to report any suspicious loan shark activity and help make a stand against illegal money lending in the community by calling in confidence on 0300 555 2222. Calls are answered by a trained investigator 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222
Text ‘loan shark + your message’ to 60003
Visit www.direct.gov.uk/stoploansharks
Email reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk