The following are sources of information and support that might help in the case of financial grooming.
In many cases of financial crime, the police can help. You should contact your local police station. Usually it is best to go in and arrange an appointment, or call your local police station number first, rather than 999 which is there for life saving emergencies.
If the scammer has access to your financial details, don’t forget to let your bank/financial institutions know as soon as you can. They can often offer support and advice.
Dating sites need to know if you have met someone there who attempts to defraud you – or succeeds. Although you may have felt that the individual(s) who have groomed you to scam you are, or were, friends or lovers, they will doubtless have tried, or will try, with others. It feels hard to report, and their reactions will be mixed, but it’s the only way to stamp this out!
Action Fraud (report to the police, including phishing scams) 0300 123 2040. Note: Excludes Scotland.
Age UK Tel 0800 678 1602
Catch the Catfish If your scammer met you online pretending to be someone else, Anna may be a useful source of support.
Citizens Advice: Tel 03454 040506 (Not Scotland)
Citizens Advice Scotland Find your local branch here: Branches
Crime Stoppers (Report anonymously) 0800 555 111
Financial Conduct Authority If the scam you fell victim to appears to be organised, the FCA may be able to take action.
Immigration Marriage Fraud (Note: Consultancy not Charity) Tel 01304 447912 Email: Kim@immigrationmarriagefraudconsultancy.com
Independent Age (advice and support for older age, although serves the over 60s). Tel 0800 319 6789.
Police Scotland: Dial 101
Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) is a charity dedicated to raising awareness of and transforming responses to, economic abuse.
Victim Support Tel 08 08 16 89 111
For other help and support, including emotional, a list of support services is available here: https://caage.org/life-after-grooming/