Many people have financial concern as a result of gambling. These can include:
- Overdue bills
- Frequently using your credit card/s for the purpose of gambling
- Unpaid rent/mortgage payments
- Unpaid loans from banks and other creditors
- Impending eviction or repossession
- Money owed to family and friends
- No money for everyday necessities like food
If you are concerned about someone’s gambling
Someone with a gambling concern can have financial and legal issues that affect others. These concerns may include owing money that they are unable to repay or committing a crime to fund their gambling. You might need to think about what you need to do to protect yourself or your family financially and legally. For example:
- Should you keep joint bank accounts with someone who is gambling, especially if they can withdraw money without your signature?
- If your husband, wife or partner has gambling debts, do you also owe the money?
- If you have your own account, what can you do to safeguard your money?
- Should you change the pin numbers for your cash withdrawal cards regularly? Should you hide them?
- If the person who is gambling asks you to manage their money, should you do this?
Sometimes money and legal problems can be complex. It can be hard to cope with them as well as the other effects of a gambling concern.
Financial Counselling is available free of charge across Nova Scotia through Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. You can contact a financial counsellor Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.