We are aware of a rogue company trying to gain business by pretending to be The Debt Advice Service or even the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in some occasions even using our logo on WhatsApp messages to trick vulnerable people into thinking they are speaking to a reputable company. If you have received an email from someone claiming to be from a company and are threating CCJs, Bankruptcy and other legal debt avenues, but are using a Gmail/Outlook/Hotmail etc email address it is extremely unlikely to be genuine.
If you have spoken to any off-shore company saying they are The Debt Advice Service, please be aware we do not have any off-shore staff members.
If in doubt please call us on 0800 254 5112 or email us via email@example.com for further advice.
You can also report any fake contact to the National Cyber Security Centre by following the below instructions;
· a text message, forward it to 7726 – this is free of charge
· an email, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
· a message in an application, for example WhatsApp, take a screenshot and email it to email@example.com
To some people who are struggling with debt an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) might be an option to help them to start to raise their head above water. But if you decide to apply, what is the process and what are the time frames that you can expect?
Interest rates going up can cause problems for many people, but those already in debt may struggle to cope with rate increases the most.
An IVA can be a lifeline to those in debt, but is it right for you and your situation?
For some a door-step loan can be a quick, convenient short-term fix for their financial problems but for others it can lead to a spiral of debt that they struggle to get out of.
We no food prices are going up, but what tricks are there to feed our families good meals, without pushing ourselves into debt.
Debt once you’re in it, can feel impossible to get out of. The problem is that for many once you are in debt you end up going into the spiral of debt and it is difficult to get out of. In this blog we are going to look into what is the debt spiral, how it happens and how you can get out of it.
We’re into the summer term and if you haven’t already thoughts could be turning to a well-earned summer break. For some that might be staying at home and making the most of the local surroundings.
Bills are going up, the cost of living is going up. What can we do about it? And can good budgeting help us in the current economic climate?
We examine the gambling industry, the effect it has on families and some options if gambling has led you to debt.