Campaigners name for brand spanking new on-line harms regulator to cowl scams as psychological well being victims ‘3 times as probably’ to fall sufferer to fraud

Martin: ‘Failing to act now will leave vulnerable people defenceless at the hands of scammers’ 

Martin said: “The UK already faced an epidemic of scams, but now lockdown has accelerated it, especially online. These vicious criminals are exploiting the fact that more people are stuck at home, spending more time online, and potentially struggling with their mental health – all of which increase the risk of falling victim to these schemes. 

“To add insult to injury, the fraudsters are getting away with it. I’ve been campaigning against online scams for three years, but UK consumer protections remain hopelessly inadequate – leaving vulnerable people as easy prey for online criminals, and causing trauma and crippling money problems in the middle of this global crisis. 

“Now we are to have an Online Harms Bill and watchdog, and it would of course be unthinkable if they didn’t include scams. Yet perversely, laughably, embarrassingly that seems to be exactly what the Government is planning. We need MPs to take up a clarion call to ‘Add Scams to the Bill’ to ensure the new regulator has the power to tackle it. 

“Failing to act now will leave vulnerable people defenceless at the hands of scammers, who every day are coming up with more sophisticated ways to con people out of money and data.”

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