On The Lookout For Financial Abuse and Scams
Financial abuse can take many forms. Three particular types of financial abuse to watch out for during the COVID-19 restrictions:
Financial abuse by neighbourhood helpers, friends or relatives
You should only ever pass on money to people you know and trust in exchange for shopping and a receipt. If you are unhappy about anything, don’t hesitate to contact the co-ordinators of the group.
Existing voluntary organisations will avoid the use of cash wherever possible and are likely to buy the shopping up front and ask you to pay back online or by cheque once you are happy with what has been handed over.
Financial control as a form of domestic abuse
Be on the look-out for financial control which is a sign of ‘coercive control’: one form of Domestic Abuse. Click here for more information about financial abuse from Women’s Aid.
Doorstep, telephone & online scams
With the COVID19 restrictions in place, residents are being warned to watch out for doorstep scammers asking for cash, personal details or bank details in exchange for food parcel deliveries or other goods and services during the Coronavirus outbreak. Here are some useful things to be aware of when avoiding scams:
- Food parcels are free for identified vulnerable people and no-one will be asked to pay for them
- Your bank or the police will NEVER ask for your bank details over the phone.
- Remember, your doctor’s surgery will NEVER call or text you to ask you to verify your NHS number and date of birth.
- If you receive an unexpected call offering help and assistance, DO NOT give any personal details as it might be a scam. Offer to return the call after carrying out checks.
- If you receive an unexpected doorstep call from a stranger offering to do your shopping, DO NOT hand over cash or your bank card. It’s far better to ask someone you know and trust for help.