Loan shark awareness film and workshops - M4Money Credit Union

Anyone and everyone can fall victim to loan sharks when you least expect it. Therefore the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) have put together a series of workshops and a film to educate everyone on the dangers of loan sharks, how to identify them; report them and what you can do if you fall victim.

More details below:

Interactive film – you decide how Liam frees himself out of his financial troubles.

IMLT are proud to launch a new interactive film showing the dangers of loan sharks on social media created by the Perception Theatre Company.

You can watch the film and get behind-the-scenes coverage here.


Join the IMLT in a three-part series of workshops to learn how to identify loan sharks; how to report and the implications for doing so; and last but least understanding credit unions.

This free three-part workshop series takes place as follows:

Session 1: Could you spot a loan shark?

The purpose of loan shark training is to provide information and knowledge about the issue, how it relates to your work and how we can help those who have borrowed from illegal lenders. The length of the session is approximately one and a half hours.

It will include key things to look out for as a sign that a friend, client or colleague may be involved with a loan shark. The session will show the impact that illegal lenders have on victims and communities and how we can work together to stop people falling into the clutches of criminals.

01 June 10.30 – 12.00

13 July – 10.30 – 12.00

Session 2: Changing Lives: A loan shark victim’s journey and the part you play.

A continuing learning opportunity for those who have already received Stop Loan Sharks training – this is an additional learning tool for those that already know the basic facts about loan sharks. Learn about the implications and facts around reporting or not reporting for your business and staff; Learn about victim safety, Data Protection issues and how to help victims open up about their situation.

08 June – 10.30 – 12.00

20 July – 10.30 – 12.00

Session 3: Do you understand credit unions?

Everything you needed to know about credit unions: Learn about the credit union sector – what they are, how they operate, things they do and how we can work together to encourage financial inclusion.

22 June – 10.30 – 12.00

27 July – 10.30 – 12.00

Please note that we are only relaying the message from the Loan Sharks Team. If you have any questions or comments about the film or workshop, please contact the team here.

Also, if you have fallen victim to a loan shark or you know someone who has, contact the Loan Sharks team.