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.

Bridging LoansClear & Simple

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.

Why Fincorp for Bridging Loans?

We're a Principal Lender. Customers are able to get a decision quickly on their bridging loan without having to wait for authorisation from anyone else. And there's no back-tracking at a later date. So that means when we say yes to a loan, we mean it.

Our approach to business is summed up in two words, Clear and Simple. We believe that bridging lending is a straightforward business, all too often complicated by lenders with their lack of transparency and reliance on the small print. We work hard to make your dealings with us as clear and simple as possible.

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Time to stop confusing the customer

By Matthew Anderson, director, Fincorp

I was flicking through my latest copy of one of the market’s trade magazines recently and the number and tone of ads has got me thinking.

At Fincorp, we have a mantra. It’s to be “clear and simple” in everything we do. We’re not trying to hoodwink clients or brokers into using us, thinking they’ll get one thing and then springing an extra fee on here, there and everywhere. But the thing that struck me about some of the ads we now see floating around the industry, is that far from trying to be up front, they use language that is deliberately designed to get people to feel they’re getting a good deal.

But feeling and getting are two different things.

“Rates from...” is not the same as “this is what the loan will cost, come hell or high water”.

My fear is that brokers can be taken in by this type of language, especially when presenting clients with a choice between two rates – one that, on the face of it, looks cheaper than the other. The debate between low rates plus high fees versus a higher rate and no fees has been raging in both bridging and also the mainstream mortgage market for years.

It’s impossible to read an article in the national newspapers’ money sections about getting a mortgage, first-time buying or whether it’s time to re-mortgage without reading a comment from a mortgage adviser warning that high fees, whether or not they’re rolled up into the loan, make a significant difference to the cost of the loan. APRs were brought in to try to provide a guide to enable clients and brokers to compare true cost. But the reality is that few borrowers look at or understand the implications of APR on what they’re paying.

In bridging, where the term of loans is often (and certainly should be) less than 12 months, the APR figure becomes even less meaningful. But in pounds and pence fees make a significant difference.

Despite a huge drive by the Association of Short Term Lenders, the Association of Bridging Professionals and many individuals in the bridging industry towards professional standards, I am disappointed to see that there is still so much confusion from clients about cost.

The bald fact is bridging costs a certain amount to fund and lenders, as businesses, have to make money for their shareholders and investors somehow. The trend, increasingly, seems to be by cutting interest rates in favour of charging high fees. There are various ways that lenders are doing this and often it’s skimmed over at the outset of the loan by clients, only to come back to bite them if things don’t go according to plan.

And, frankly, the nature of building, developing or refurbishing property is that there can be delays.

So-called “extension fees” are just a higher rate of interest dressed up to look like something else. But the number of clients we see who use us because in the past they’ve been stung by other lenders using this tactic is pretty shocking. There are lenders out there charging up to an extra 2% per month over the full term of the loan, backdated, if a borrower goes over the initial term by just a day. Rates from 0.8% are suddenly complete fantasy if you consider how often the client actually ends up paying that rate.

That’s one scenario, but add into the mix that some lenders are charging exit fees of a similar order if the loan is repaid early and you see that borrowers are being hemmed in on both sides. Arrangement fees are another culprit and are often neglected as contributing to cost by clients. But a 1% arrangement fee on a £500,000 loan is £5,000. If the lender is charging 0.8% a month on the principal plus the fee, it adds up to in excess of £5,000 extra payable to the lender.

That’s £5,000 less profit for clients. 

I have no problem with lenders making money – we are businesses after all. But I think it’s possible, and more to the point, I think it’s incumbent upon us to act transparently in the process. It’s not hard to be honest about charging. There is a cultural sea-change going on in the way the public views financial services and its history of “hiding” charges in the small print. Investments, pensions, financial advisers, platforms and fund managers are all being or have been regulated to prevent misleading and opaque charging from causing consumer detriment.

In my book, all bridging lenders should be acting with the same kind of transparency.

Source: Fincorp