Organisations join forces to tackle financial harm together

Emergency services, local authorities, trading standards, banks and advice organisations from the north east are coming together to tackle financial harm.

Financial harm is where vulnerable people, feel under pressure to hand over money or possessions.

Recent high profile cases have focused on the growing problem of phone and email scams but financial harm can also be people pressuring relatives to hand over property, benefits, savings or even rewrite their wills.

Hosted by Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray Adult Protection Committees, events have been organised in Keith and Aberdeen at the end of February where they will discuss:

• how they can increase awareness of financial harm
• highlight good practice in preventing financial harm
• discuss gaps in provision for preventing financial harm
• develop and strengthen relationships between business, agencies, services and individuals

Speakers will include representatives from Trading Standards, banking sector and the Office of the Public Guardian.

There are two events in each location. The Keith event held at Longmore Hall on Tuesday 23rd February starting at 9:30am for the morning event or 13:30 for the afternoon event.

The Aberdeen events are taking place at Home Comforts in Market Street on Wednesday 24th February at the same times.

Albert Donald Independent Chair of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray Adult Protection Committees said: “The impact of financial harm is far reaching and can often lead to victims suffering loss of confidence, psychological and physical ill health as well as financial ruin. That is why we are determined to prevent this often hidden and difficult to detect crime.

“Victims of this type of crime are often reluctant to come forward either because they feel embarrassed or because a relative is involved.

“By working together with all relevant agencies and businesses we can help to reduce instances of financial harm in the north east.”