Thursday, 21 October 2010

Loan Sharks ,

Following a recent enquiry regarding illegal money lending, I have included some information on the North East Illegal Money Lending Team for your attention.

The North East illegal Money lending Team operates across the region with the aim to tackle the menace of loan sharks on our estates and the damage they can do within our communities. Using targeted intelligence provided by victims, and enforcement partners such as the Police, together with organisations such as Citizens Advice, the team aim to arrest, charge and then prosecute illegal money lenders with a view to stopping their activities and removing them from the communities within which they operate. In addition to enforcement they also offer advice and assistance to victims with a view to helping them move away from the need to remain with loan sharks and get them back into the mainstream financial system. This assistance can involve facilitating rehousing, help with debt or budget management, assistance with benefits maximisation or even just a helping hand to open a basic bank account. If you are personally involved with a loan shark or have intelligence which would help the team prosecute one, people should contact the 24 hour freephone hotline: 0300 555 2222. Alternatively text loan shark and your message to 60003. All information is dealt with in the strictest confidence and you do not even have to leave your name or contact details

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