It has been brought to our attention that a scam loans company called Loan4Help has been committing fraud by claiming to offer or advance “loans” to borrowers whilst pretending to be a trading company of Finance and Credit Corporation Limited. It is not. Loan4Help has absolutely no connection to Finance and Credit Corporation Limited.

It has also come to our attention that a third party has been contacting borrowers on a fraudulent basis by purporting to be Finance and Credit Corporation Limited and claiming to offer or advance “loans” to borrowers. This third party has been contacting borrowers on an unsolicited basis via the following email address: . Please note that our company Finance and Credit Corporation Limited is in no way connected with the third party and does not use or operate that email address.

These operations have been cold calling and emailing members of the public, fraudulently pretending to be or to be connected with Finance and Credit Corporation Limited, asking for upfront fees from borrowers and advancing monies in relation to purported “loans”. They have also sent documents to borrowers which fraudulently claim to contain the signature of the Managing Director of our company.

These operations have also been using the following telephone numbers to contact consumers: 0203 129 2514 and 0238 106 0723. They may also have been operating from other telephone numbers and email addresses.

Please note that Finance and Credit Corporation Limited does not cold call, send unsolicited signed “loan agreements” or ask for upfront fees. We strongly suggest that you call our Managing Director Elio Astone on 020 7722 7547 in advance of proceeding with any “loan” or if you have any further questions.

If you are contacted by Loan4Help, or any of the companies which appear to be involved in these frauds, you should also report them to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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Fincorp is one of the UK's most established and respected bridging loan companies. For more than 25 years the company has been providing 1st and 2nd charge bridging finance on residential properties in London and Southern England. Our bridging loans vary typically between £100,000 and £10 million, and we lend up to 70% value of the property secured on the property. And because you deal only with decision-makers, your bridging loan requirements are always dealt with quickly and with the minimum of fuss.

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Bridgers must treat clients fairly

By Matthew Anderson, director of Fincorp

I have always maintained that bridging is a whole different ball game from mainstream mortgages.

I stand by that, but the two markets are definitely linked. Recently, that relationship has become closer with consumer credit regulation moving to the Financial Conduct Authority earlier this year. 

The fact that the Mortgage Market Review rules were brought in to residential mortgages at almost exactly the same time is also no coincidence in my view. 

The FCA has said repeatedly, and for at least the past two years, that it is concerned about borrowers gaming buy-to-let to get around tighter income and affordability rules on mainstream residential deals.

Indeed, in the past month we’ve seen various lenders crack down on the criteria they will accept for first-time landlords – presumably in direct response to this risk.

While short-term finance is another ball game from both residential and buy-to-let mortgages, I think these developments are worth bearing in mind in the context of bridging. At the very least it should be a flag to short-term lenders to be extra vigilant against would-be first-time buyers trying their luck with a bridging loan with the aim of re-mortgaging either to a residential or buy-to-let deal.

Understanding the client’s exit has always been vital – it’s an oldie but a goodie, lending money is easy; it’s getting it back that’s the tricky bit.

But I would say that with the buy-to-let, residential and consumer credit markets coming ever closer together, having all your ducks in a row on the exit is fast becoming the most important thing a broker can do.

Bridgers are under the microscope in a post-MMR world. We know the second charge market is next on the list for scrutiny by the FCA. It’s vital we get out in front of any possible or attempted abuse of our market by borrowers desperate to get on the property ladder but locked out by the new MMR rules.

While it might seem unfair, this comes back to the FCA mandate to protect the consumer from over-exposing themselves to unwieldy and unsustainable amounts of debt.

For those in the bridging market, this consumer protection element has historically been less relevant – we’ve dealt with property professionals, developers, people taking on a commercial risk by investing in a property deal they believe they can turn a profit on.

We still deal with those people, but I sense that to be doing our jobs really well, it cannot hurt to consider the wellbeing of the customer when we underwrite deals.

That means being completely secure about the exit, and stress-testing the borrower and security’s ability to cover the debt should a sale take longer than expected – something that has been more noticeable in London in the past few months with buyers refusing to fuel a house price bubble and sellers being forced to be more realistic about their pricing.

The other thing it means is that it’s even more critical that lenders are clear and simple in the way they present the pricing of their deals.

It’s just not good enough to assume that professionals will be okay to accept exorbitant exit, extension or default fees. Part of being brought under the FCA’s regulatory regime has to be about rationalising short-term lenders’ approaches to pricing.

While Fincorp chooses not to charge any fees in a bid to be as straightforward on pricing as possible, I’m not suggesting that a good deal of choice in the market isn’t a good thing. On the contrary – it’s a sign of a healthy market working well for the customer.

But I believe that while in the mainstream residential market consumers have a choice between higher rate, no fee deals and lower rate, high fee deals, in bridging the sheer number of different fees and the inconsistent ways they are applied is not sustainable under the FCA.

Choice is a good thing. Surprising the customer with a nasty extension fee they weren’t expecting and then whacking on backdated interest and surplus charges should not be confused with choice though.

Ultimately different customers will choose deals priced in a way that suits them – for many that may involve rolling an arrangement fee into the loan while others will prefer a flat monthly cost

Keeping that flexibility in the market is important – but as the industry increasingly comes under pressure from the FCA to deliver good consumer outcomes and operate in a way that is fair and not misleading, I suspect and hope we will see some of the less upfront fees become a thing of the past.