Loan sharks target new victims via WhatsApp and Facebook
Criminals have been using social media – from dating sites to local community groups – to find, threaten and control people in debt
Local WhatsApp groups have been one of the silver linings of the pandemic, creating community ties and support networks. Yet loan sharks are increasingly using these groups to extort money from their victims, according to England’s Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), an organisation that prosecutes illegal lenders and supports victims.
Such lenders are also targeting...