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Financial abuse

Find out more about criminal influence, to ensure you’re in control of your financial purse strings.

What is financial abuse?

If anyone - including your partner, spouse, friend, carer or relative - is controlling your finances without your knowledge (or against your will), it's financial abuse. It's a crime and should be reported.

How to spot financial abuse

If someone is trying to manipulate, coerce, influence, undermine, check up on or control any of the following, ask yourself ‘why?’ If there’s a valid reason such as illness, vulnerability or genuine concern, that’s fine. If not, you need to question their motives. Most importantly, take action.



No one should insist you should stop working if you don’t want to. Talk to someone you trust.


Your bank accounts / credit cards

If someone has access to your account and you’re not happy with the situation, talk to your bank or building society. Check your balances and credit status regularly.



If someone is running up a debt in your name or looking at your finances without your consent it might be a crime. Monitor your finances closely.



If someone has taken these without permission, you need to seek help. Keep track of your savings.



It’s your will and any attempt to change it against your wishes is against the law.

Helpful resources

Seek help. If you’re concerned about your Fidelity account, call us on 0800 358 7712. Alternatively contact your bank, credit card company and the local police on the non-emergency phone number 101. You might want to take a look at these too.

By the Money & Pensions Service


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