With Christmas just around the corner and the rising costs of energy and food bills we’re asking you not to fall victim to a loan shark.
We’re not talking huge amounts of money – it could be £20 for a couple of gifts. But that amount could end up becoming much, much larger with interest payments adding up week after week after week.
Your Credit Union
If you’re struggling financially this Christmas, and need support, using your Credit Union is a far cheaper and safer way of getting a loan.
The credit union is licensed and legal and is a properly regulated lender who will lend responsibly.
Some benefits of doing this are:
- Easy application
- Low interest rates
- Quick decisions
- No early repayment penalties
You can find out more and how to apply here.
A loan shark is an illegal moneylender!
A loan shark is an illegal moneylender who, as well as charging high interest rates is likely to use threats, intimidation and possibly violence to secure repayment.
There is help available
If you’re already in difficulties with a loan shark the message is that there is help available. You can report in confidence to the illegal moneylending team who can support you and tackle the criminals.
You can contact them on be 0300 123 3311.
Specialist client liaison officers will support and assist victims, advising on debt and other problems.
Cllr David A Bithell, Chair of the cross party Cost of Living Group, said, “Illegal money lending, however tempting it might be, will only increase pressures during the cost of living crisis we have today.
“I strongly advise the use of the Credit Union, they’re legal and have excellent advice and expertise to help those needing loans.
“If you’ve never contacted them before please be assured they treat everyone and everything in a professional and confidential manner.”
- Citizens Advice Bureau, Wrexham 0800 7022020
- Vesta SFS (Specialist Family Support – for Polish families in Wales) – email firstname.lastname@example.orgYou can also contact Citizens Advice’s Consumer Advice Line on 0808 223 1133.