Financial Harm

Helping out or cashing in?

Helping out or cashing in?

Borrowing or Stealing?

Borrowing or Stealing?

Financial harm can include:

  • feeling under pressure to hand over money or possessions
  • exploitation of property or welfare benefits
  • stopping someone getting their money or possessions
  • stealing, cheating or fraud
  • rogue trading - bogus callers or distraction burglary
  • mass marketing - scams that encourage adults to send money
  • being under pressure to rewrite a Will.


The Easy Read booklet  'Keeping Your Money Safe' has been created by the Adult Protection Committee with advice from People First.  The link Making Money Easier is a project designed to help people with a learning disability understand more about money and banking.  Enable's booklets 'Being in control of your money' and 'Keeping your money safe' provide additional information.

Power of Attorney is about giving you the power to make decisions that will protect you, your family and those you care about should you ever lose capacity to make decisions for yourself.  The website: and booklet My Power of Attorney give information and advice.

This Ofcom booklet provides useful advice on stopping nuisance calls.  The Ofcom site gives lots of information about nuisance calls and messages and provides a series of guides which include advice on what action you can take to protect yourself and who you can complain to

'Financial Harm - sources of help' provides links to useful webpages.  Trading Standards webpages also provide valuable information on consumer safety including e-crime.


If you or someone you know is experiencing Financial Harm, call the Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.  You can also call the Police Scotland non-emergency phone number 101.   To report a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit:



Adult Protection
Tel: 01383 602200
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