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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | December 2017

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Scamming: recognising and supporting victims of financial abuse

Scamming: recognising and supporting victims of financial abuse
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Financial fraud, or scamming, is a growing problem (Financial Fraud Action UK, 2014), specifically for those who may be more at risk due to vulnerabilities, such as loneliness and mental capacity. The internet is increasing opportunities for scammers to reach a broader pool of potential victims. It is an area of growing concern for professionals involved in supporting and safeguarding vulnerable people. An estimated £5–10 billion is lost to scams annually (National Trading Standards Scams Team, 2015), and this has serious implications for victims, their families, and the wider UK economy through lost commerce and consumer confidence. A cycle of crime is created by criminal networks using proceeds from scams to fund further exploitation.