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How you can protect patients from financial scams

Community nurses should tackle financial abuse, says QNI Scotland's Clare Cable

Community nurses should tackle financial abuse, says QNI Scotland's Clare Cable

The people most at risk of becoming victims of fraud and financial crime are often those who are socially isolated through illness or disability. In a recent survey undertaken by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS), 91% of the participating community based nurses told us they considered a significant proportion of people in their care are vulnerable to scams.

Most victims can ill afford the financial loss, which can leave them struggling to pay for rent, food and other necessities, with adverse effects on their physical and mental health. Being scammed all too often leads to an individual feeling unsafe and this can result in depression, stress, an erosion of self-confidence and trust, and often a deep sense of

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