Financial or Material Abuse

Financial or Material Abuse

This includes theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements, including in connection with wills, property, inheritance or financial transactions, or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.

Possible indicators

  • Lack of heating, clothing or food;
  • Inability to pay bills/unexplained shortage of money;
  • Lack of money, especially after benefit day;
  • Inadequately explained withdrawals from accounts;
  • Unexplained loss/misplacement of financial documents;
  • The recent addition of authorised signatories on an adult’s accounts or cards
  • Disparity between assets/income and living conditions;
  • Power of attorney obtained when the adult lacks the capacity to make this decision;
  • Recent changes of deeds/title of house or will;
  • Recent acquaintances expressing sudden or disproportionate interest in the adult and their money;
  • Service user not in control of their direct payment or individualised budget;
  • Mis-selling/selling by door-to-door traders/cold calling;
  • Illegal money-lending.

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