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How Can We Help

The Illegal Money Lending team are here to help you. We are the only government agency in Scotland who have the power to investigate and prosecute loan sharks and illegal money lenders.

You are not in trouble if you have borrowed cash or have been paying back a loan from an illegal money lender, the loan shark is. They are the people committing a crime, not you.

By looking on our website you have taken the first step to getting your life back and managing your money and debts. We will keep you safe while we investigate the loan shark.

You can report a loan shark or illegal money lender to us in full confidence and completely anonymously. After you have reported a loan shark to us we will ring you, if you want us to – at a time to suit you – and talk to you about what has happened.

Our investigators will talk to you about the money you have borrowed, how you repay it, and take further information about the loan shark/illegal money lender. This can become a witness statement that we will ask you to sign. But you can also give this information to us anonymously and in complete confidence.

You can call our team 24/7 on 0800 0740878 to report a potential loan shark. We take every call seriously and in 100% confidence. Our secure online reporting form is also available to report illegal money lenders to us.