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Stay Smart, Stay Safe
A Guide to keeping you and your money secure

Financial abuse is another name for stealing or defrauding someone of money, property or other valuables.

This can make such crimes very difficult to deal with, as there’s a powerful emotional element involved.

Age UK Gloucestershire takes this issue very seriously and has worked with Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner, to inform older people in the county, how to protect themselves and their possessions.

Our booklet contains lots of useful advice and tips to help you to avoid scams at home or whilst you are out and how to arrange your banking with confidence.

Part of safeguarding ourselves is preparing for what happens if we become ill, for example, what will happen to our financial affairs if we become unable to make decisions? Likewise, is our family aware of our wishes?

There’s also advice about what do if the worst should happen and you, or someone you know, becomes the victim of financial abuse.

Remember that financial abuse is always a crime, even if it’s committed by a relative, or someone you rely on for everyday help.  You should never be afraid to speak up if it’s happening to you.