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Police to look again at fake legal letters sent by Wonga

City of London Police have confirmed they are to look again at whether they think a criminal investigation into Wonga would be appropriate after the payday lender sent out fake legal letters to customers.

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Lawyers call for Wonga to face criminal investigation

Solicitors across England and Wales are pressing for Wonga to face a criminal investigation over fake legal letters it sent to 45,000 customers.

The Law Society has stepped up pressure for a criminal investigation to be held into Wonga's fake legal letters. Credit: PA

Britain's biggest payday lender has agreed to pay £2.6 million compensation over the "misleading debt collection practices," but the Law Society wants the Metropolitan Police to investigate and consider whether any offences, such as blackmail or those under the Solicitors Act, have been committed.

Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said: "It seems that the intention behind Wonga's dishonest activity was to make customers believe that their outstanding debt had been passed to a genuine law firm.

"It looks like they also wanted customers to believe that court action undertaken by a genuine law firm would follow if the debt was not repaid."

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