Local MP calls on Government to protect constituents from scammers

On 4 June 2019, Member of Parliament for Torfaen, Nick Thomas-Symonds MP challenged the Government to address the ever more prominent danger of telephone and online scammers.

During a debate in Westminster Hall, Mr. Thomas-Symonds echoed concerns of the Member for Ogmore, Chris Elmore MP, who called the debate, that the Government should develop a national strategy to keep constituents safe from fraudulent crimes.

According to the Office for National Statistics, in the year ending December 2018, fraud incidents were estimated to have increased 12% from the previous year, and Age UK highlighted the elderly are particularly at risk, with almost 5 million people over the age of 65 believing that they have been targets by scammers.

When asked about this further, Mr. Thomas-Symonds stated:

“Having your financial security threatened is a frightening experience and for many in our communities, this is a reality.

“Hearing the statistics and stories shared today by colleagues highlights that more needs to be done to protect our constituents from being targeted by online and telephone fraudsters. The number of older people being targeted is particularly concerning. It is vital that the Government address this issue head on by developing a strategy to keep individuals safe from such exploitation. At present the Government approach is too disjointed and our law enforcement agencies have been cut to the bone by austerity.”

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