We have recently been made aware of a loan fee scam operating in the UK: individuals receive a call offering a loan on the condition that an upfront fee is paid before the funds can be released. The fraudulent broker asks for fees to be transferred by vouchers or money transfer and often falsely claims to represent legitimate loan providers or brokers who are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The genuine loan provider or broker is in fact unaware of this activity and is the victim of corporate identity theft.
A more detailed description of the scam can be found on the FCA website: http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/scams/loan-fee-fraud
TotallyMoney.com does not arrange loans or take money from visitors to this website. We are a comparison service that enables individuals to compare loans from different legitimate lenders according to their personal circumstances. We do a “soft search” of your credit data and match that against lenders lending criteria showing you whether you are likely to be accepted. This search leaves no mark that is visible to lenders on your credit file.
If visitors to our site have had any experience of loan fee fraud they should contact with Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime, on 0300 123 2040 or by visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
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Bad credit loans
There has been a sea change in the loans world in the last few years. Lenders have a completely different attitude to who they will lend to and this has meant that hundreds of thousands of people have been ‘re-priced’ meaning they are now considered to fall into the bad credit category. If this is where you find yourself it’s very likely you’ve done nothing wrong. It’s essential to find a product that is affordable and can help you rebuild your score so that in the long term the cost of your borrowing starts to go down. Our personalised credit comparison tool allows you to compare all kinds of loans see if you are likely to be accepted for them first time. What’s more, it’s 100% free so you don’t need to pay someone for the benefit of comparing loans!
It’s a little known fact that it can often be much cheaper to borrow on a credit card than take out a loan. In particular if you’re looking to consolidate credit card debts or you want to borrow less than £2000, a credit card can offer beat a loan. Find out if you can borrow for less on a credit card by reading our credit card guide. A credit card could be cheaper than a loan if: You are trying to consolidate existing credit card debts. You want to borrow less than £2000.