Find out more about criminal influence, to ensure you’re in control of your financial purse strings.
What is financial abuse?
If anyone - including your partner, spouse, friend, carer or relative - is controlling your finances without your knowledge (or against your will), it's financial abuse. It's a crime and should be reported.
How to spot financial abuse
If someone is trying to manipulate, coerce, influence, undermine, check up on or control any of the following, ask yourself ‘why?’ If there’s a valid reason such as illness, vulnerability or genuine concern, that’s fine. If not, you need to question their motives. Most importantly, take action.
No one should insist you should stop working if you don’t want to. Talk to someone you trust.
Your bank accounts / credit cards
If someone has access to your account and you’re not happy with the situation, talk to your bank. Check your balances and credit status regularly.
If someone is running up a debt in your name or looking at your finances without your consent it might be a crime. Monitor your finances closely.
If someone has taken these without permission, you need to seek help. Keep track of your savings.
It’s your will and any attempt to change it against your wishes is against the law.
Other threats to watch out for
Suspicious emails and phone calls
Learn how to spot a fraudulent email or phone call, so you’re not reeled in.
Be wise. Don’t fall prey to too-good-to-be-true, high-pressure, deadline-driven offers.
All that glitters isn’t gold. Discover how to dig deeper and protect your pension with our tips.
Look beyond the disguise. Impersonation can be the first step to someone stealing your assets.