Protect Your Wallet
Cognitive impairment following a brain injury can limit thinking capacity and make it hard for people to think broadly. It can be difficult to know who to trust or even to be able to understand the criteria we would generally use to make sound judgements.
Slowed processing and memory problems can make it impossible for people to think things through and to be able to consider a wide range of perspectives or relevant data. Other deficits such as reading and math challenges can impact the ability people have to come to sound financial decisions or to identify any risk of falling prey to financial and internet scammers.
Many people don’t realise they are vulnerable and one of the main reasons for this is that the autopilot in the brain can have a tough time learning that other parts of the brain are impaired.
It is entirely possible that people will still think they can do the same things they could before and memory deficits can make it demanding to learn from mistakes or absorb and use information. Awareness isn’t always the answer.
Is it a scam?
Not all scams are obvious.
There are many people who make money from websites and while they may believe they are offering a service, they can be more motivated by making money from you rather than offering something that has real value.
How we perceive value can vary enormously and people who are struggling with debilitating symptoms and outcomes from a brain injury may feel so desperate that their first thought is to find an answer or a cure.
Never pay for services online. If you are looking for help for anything to do with your brain injury there are free services available. If you are tempted to find alternative help because you have been dismissed by a doctor – find another one. Take this Guide with you and ask for a referral to a brain injury specialist such as a neuropsychologist.
Whether you need support, someone to talk to, advice or want to know more about what is happening to you please, please don’t pay for it. Avoid all sites that ask you to part with your money for any service, including those which offer counselling or support services from people who do not have the qualifications to help you.
Free professional services are available through support organisations such as Headway in the UK. If you need help finding a service near you please let us know and we will try to help. There are other free online services you can turn to such as online support groups.
Some online support groups are better than others. Look for those where responses to posts come from many individuals to get a good cross-section of experiences.
Anyone who asks you to pay for support services or information does not have your best interests at heart. Even families can be vulnerable when they are managing immense levels of stress and grief – please, don’t pay for support but explore other options first.
Headway – Financial Fraud