Fw: Fears over debt as more people could turn to loan sharks to cover Christmas

Dear Partner,

Hope you are doing well.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is concerned that ruthless loan sharks will try to cash in on the festive period as many families struggle to cope with rising food, fuel and energy bills this winter.

Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, but for the millions of families struggling with spiralling debt to loan sharks, it can be the most terrifying time of the year.  Our figures show that nearly one in ten people who borrowed from loan sharks last year did so to cover the costs of Christmas.

Loan sharks create an environment of fear, intimidation and control for their victims and they will use almost any means to tempt people into taking out a loan with them. They know how to spot people who are vulnerable and who need money. This creates a vicious cycle of debt for those unable to pay back their loans and often leads to serious financial issues, such as families losing their homes or being pushed into extreme poverty because they do not have enough money to survive.

The only way we can put an end to illegal money lending is with your help. Your support means we can reach more people who are at risk, put loan sharks out of business and help victims rebuild their lives. It’s especially important we spread awareness of loan sharks tactics during the festive season when their activity increases dramatically.

Please support our latest campaign #SleighNoToLoanSharks and help spread the message about the risks of illegal lending and how people can access our support. I have attached our national press release which can be adapted for local audiences, a referral form to report loan sharks and social media resources can be downloaded from our website here.

Loan sharks present a significant threat to the safety, security and well-being of many individuals in your community. They use deceptive tactics that can isolate people from friends, family and support services. You can put an end to the suffering these criminals inflict on borrowers. We’ll teach you about their tactics and techniques, so you’ll know how to spot and stop them. Please contact me if you would like to book a free training session for your organisation.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind Regards

Nadeem Mahammed MPH, MFPH
LIAISE Officer (Leads in awareness, intelligence,support and education) – West Midlands Region & Milton Keynes
England Illegal Money Lending Team

Tel:        07517 539024



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