Doorstep safety & scams A scam is a term used to describe any fraudulent business or scheme that takes money or other goods from an unsuspecting person. Scams can come in many forms, but all are designed to get hold of your money by getting you to reveal your personal details, stealing your information, or even getting you to willingly hand over the cash.
Types of scams can include:
Predatory Marriage Predatory Marriage is the practice of intentionally targeting and marrying a vulnerable (older adult /or adult who lacks mental capacity) person in order to gain access to their estate and assets upon their death.
Predatory Marriage relies on grooming and coercion to exert control over another person to persuade them to marry for financial, material or other gain.
Domestic abuse is a pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. It is the misuse of power and control by one person over another.
Domestic abuse can be perpetrated by a partner, an ex-partner, or a family member (when two people are “personally connected” to each other). It is categorised as domestic abuse when both parties are 16 and over. It is never acceptable. It is very common and there are support services available to help.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
Psychological and/or emotional abuse (e.g.name calling, put downs)
Physical (e.g. being hit) or sexual abuse (e.g. rape or degrading treatment)
Financial or economic abuse (e.g. having money withheld)
Stalking and Harassment
Online or digital abuse
How to access support or report domestic abuse? If you or anyone you know requires support relating to Domestic Abuse, please refer to the following advice and support services. In an emergency please always call the police on: 999
The term ‘Cuckooing’ comes from the behaviour of cuckoo birds who take over the nests of other birds. In safeguarding cuckooing describes how others take over a person’s home and use it for criminal activities. These activities can involve producing, storing and, or supplying drugs or weapons. It can sometimes involve holding parties and encouraging sexual activity. It can be part of a bigger, organised plan to move drugs, weapons and people around the country.
Cuckooing can happen to anyone of any age, in rented or homeowner property. Cuckooing starts by someone gaining trust through offering the person free drugs, gifts and/or lots of attention; however, this may progress to threats of violence and/or the victim being made to pay off drug debts through use of their home. Victims may be forced to stay in their bedroom or prevented from freely using other rooms in their property. They are usually intimidated and left to feel like they have little choice but to cooperate and they may feel forced to do things that they don’t want to do.
Many of the signs of cuckooing look like anti-social behaviour. However, being aware and recognising the indicators of cuckooing and raising your concerns about what may appear to be anti-social behaviour to the Council, or the appropriate housing provider, will help tackle both issues.
Victims of ‘cuckooing’ are usually vulnerable in some way. Adults at increased risk may include: