East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has joined other MPs across all major political parties to highlight the growing problem of scams. He is backing a motion in Parliament welcoming ‘Scams Awareness Month’ – which is this month.
It is estimated that scammers cost the British public £190 billion every year and the problem is getting worse, particularly with scams perpetrated through the internet. Studies also suggest that more people are not reporting scams, due to embarrassment, so the total cost to the public could be even larger.
Sir Greg, who has highlighted the impact of various internet scams, says: “Happily, crime across Britain is falling but criminals are always on the lookout for an easy, dishonest gain so people need to be alert to potential scams”.
“Special caution is needed when online and alarm bells should ring when someone makes unsolicited contact with us”.
“If someone who you do not know asks for your personal details, do not give them”.
Sir Greg urged people to remember that, “The golden rule, when it comes to scams, is that if it seems too good to be true, then it almost certainly is”.
Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a scam should contact their local Citizens Advice Bureau or ActionFraud.