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    WorriedMum
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    Joined: Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:55 am

    How to limit access to loans?

    Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:06 am

    My son is using afterpay to buy items to sell for cash to gamble, and accessing loans from small loans companies (legal loan sharks). Is there some way to limit that ie like self exclusion from gambling facilities can you get a block on getting credit from places? I don’t know how to help him accessing these sources, and worried where it’s all heading....just one of the many issues I worry about that link to his gambling.
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    dragon007 (facilitator)
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    Joined: Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:07 am

    Re: How to limit access to loans?

    Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:55 am

    Hi @WorriedMum

    Welcome to the forum.

    You might want to try National Debt Helpline – 1800 007 007

    This hotline operates as a financial triage and referral service.
    Operating Hours: Mon – Fri: 9.30am to 4.00pm.

    The service provides Financial Counselling and can assist with debts.

    All the best
    dragon007
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    BrittV (facilitator)
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    Joined: Mon May 14, 2018 11:40 am

    Re: How to limit access to loans?

    Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:40 am

    Hi @WorriedMum,
    Did you have any success with the numbers @dragon007 (facilitator) mentioned?

    It sounds like you're really worried about your son, that must be really hard on you as well.
    How are you doing with it all? Are you doing anything to take care of yourself as well?
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    WorriedMum
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    Joined: Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:55 am

    Re: How to limit access to loans?

    Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:01 am

    Thank you both, I am about to phone a few numbers, it was a public holiday here yesterday. My son has also booked an apt with our GP and asking for some help there too. It is a step in the right direction.....I hope!
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    TimTam
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    Joined: Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:13 am

    Re: How to limit access to loans?

    Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:49 am

    Hi @WorriedMum

    That's great to hear!
    Did he manage to get any help from the GP?
    If not, we do have free gambling counselling and financial counselling available to help him with his gambling. You can call the 1800 858 858 number to organise a referral.

    All the best,

    Tim Tam
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    WorriedMum
    Junior Member
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    Joined: Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:55 am

    Re: How to limit access to loans?

    Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:47 pm

    Yes, the GP had some information and is looking into a mental health plan and some more information for us. My son has an appt booked for a week or so away with a program run through one of the local hospitals that reports reasonable success rates so that’s a start. I have my fingers and everything else crossed that he commits to the process this time.....
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