Almost all firms offering financial services in the UK must be authorised by FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). Check FCA list to find out if a firm or individual is unauthorised.
Don't assume a firm is legitimate just because it doesn't appear on this list. Firms frequently change their names and it may not have been reported to us yet.
You should only deal with financial services firms that have been authorised by FCA.
If you deal with an unauthorised firm, you will not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) if things go wrong.
Beware of fraudsters pretending to be from firms authorised by FCA, as they could be 'clone firms'. If you're cold-called by a financial services firm, always ring them back on the number given on the FS Register.
Have you been asked to pay an upfront fee when applying for a loan or credit? Find out why this may be a scam and how to protect yourself.
FCA are receiving a growing number of reports from consumers who have been asked to pay a fee - usually between £25 and £450 - for a loan or credit that they then never receive.
This is a scam known as 'loan fee fraud' or 'advance fee fraud'.
Spot the warning signs of loan fee fraud:
There are some general things we should all do to avoid scams:
Please be aware that fraudsters are sending scam email using our FCA authorised firm and our office address to try to convince people to give them personal details and upfront fees to obtain loan deals.
YOU MUST NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENT or share your personal details.
ADV FINANCE LTD t/a handyway.co.uk is a credit broker and not a lender. Our service is entirely free of charge.
We do not charge you fees or insurance costs for the services provided and we do not require any credit/debit card details to all our clients. Any request for payment in our name is a scam, please do not pay it.
If you suspect that a clone firm or any other unauthorized firm have contacted you and tried to obtain personal details please contact the Financial Conduct Authority consumer helpline at 0800 111 6768 if you have any questions please email us at email@example.com
Representative example: Amount of credit: £1200 for 18 months at £90.46 per month. Total amount repayable of £1628.28 Interest: £428.28. Interest rate: 49.9% pa (variable). APR rates range from 45.3% APR to 1575% Max APR. The rate is subject to change and the representative APR may not be the rate you'll receive. The rate you pay depends on your circumstances and loan amount, and may differ from the Representative APR.
Warning: Late repayment can cause you serious money problems. For help go to moneyhelper.org.uk
We want you to be sure this loan is right for you. So before you carry on, please only apply for a loan if you are confident that you are able to make the repayments on your due date and still manage your other outgoings. Missing repayments may have a negative effect on your credit rating and make it more difficult for you to obtain credit in the future.
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF CONSOLIDATING EXISTING BORROWING YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT YOU MAY BE EXTENDING THE TERMS OF THE DEBT AND INCREASING THE TOTAL AMOUNT YOU REPAY. A PAYDAY LOAN OFFERS A SHORT TERM FINANCIAL SOLUTION AND SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A LONG TERM SOLUTION.