Using Our Relationships to Help Older People Spot the Signs of Financial Abuse

Using Our Relationships to Help Older People Spot the Signs of Financial Abuse

Relate NI are working with Hourglass Northern Ireland to raise awareness of how we can use our relationships to spot the signs of financial abuse in older people this Christmas. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for many but may not be as cheerful for older people that are facing financial exploitation. 1 in 5 people over the age of 60 in Northern Ireland experience financial abuse (Commissioner for Older People Northern Ireland).

Older people often become the number one target for scammers due to social isolation and loneliness. Scammers are making it more and more difficult to distinguish scam messages from legitimate messages. Information can be leaked and easily accessed in today’s technology-based world. Just because someone knows your basic details, doesn’t mean that they are genuine.

You can report scam text or WhatsApp messages by:

  • Forwarding any unwelcome messages to 7726 so that your mobile phone provider can do a check for potential scam messages.
  • Reporting a scam WhatsApp message by opening the message chat, tap ‘report’ and then ‘report contact’. WhatsApp will then be able to ensure that you don’t receive another message from this number.

Other forms of financial exploitation are perpetrated by someone that the older person has a relationship with such as another family member, a care taker or a new romantic interest.

It’s important to have a conversation with the older people in our lives so that they know the signs to look out for when it comes to financial exploitation. Whether it is sitting down with your grandparents and making sure that their online banking is secure or that they don’t have cash lying around the house and others know the location of. It could be as simple as not telling others their passwords for accounts or being sure to always ask for a receipt if someone else is doing their weekly shop and they have  given them money.

Look out for an older relative, neighbour or friend this Christmas and help them to notice the signs of financial abuse.

Hourglass Northern Ireland focus on calling time on harm, abuse and exploitation of older people in Northern Ireland. Hourglass have a 24/7 helpline available by calling 0808 808 8141, and also have text support, an online knowledge bank and can help older people with one to one case support.

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