Skip to main content


Due to the COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on this site have posted service updates and will continue doing so. Many phone lines and websites are still available, however some contact details may have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at or

Illegal Money Lending Team (investigates Loan Sharks)

England Illegal Money Lending Team investigate loan sharks within England.

What is a loan shark?

A loan shark is someone who lends money without the permission required by the Financial Conduct Authority to individuals or companies whom they believe are “fit and proper.” Victims are not only charged astronomical rates of interest, but very often face violence, intimidation or blackmail if they fall behind with their payments.

Who to contact

0300 555 2222

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.