Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed a campaign organised by Citizen’s Advice to help local residents stay aware, spot and report scammers.
Scam Awareness Fortnight is running from the 13th – 26th of June. With many households facing financial pressures during the cost of living crisis, scammers have become even more sophisticated and exploitative. For example, Citizen’s Advice have reported tracking down scammers pretending to be energy companies, and luring people with “too good to be true” deals in order to steal their money.
Research conducted by Citizen’s Advice has found that over 40 million people in the UK have been targeted by scammers in one form or another since the start of this year. This includes 73% of people in the North East and West. This represents a 14% increase compared to this time last year.
Scam Awareness Fortnight aims to give local people the knowledge and confidence to report scams and spot them before it’s too late.
Commenting on the initiative, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m really proud to be supporting Scam Awareness Fortnight. It is disgraceful to hear that scammers are using the cost of living crisis to further exploit ordinary working people.
That’s why we need to be giving people across Denton and Reddish all the tools they need to spot scammers, report them, and stay protected.
I would encourage anyone who wants to report a suspected scam, or find out more about how they operate, to visit the Citizen’s Advice website where they can find lots of really useful information.”
To find out more about Citizen’s Advice Scam Awareness Fortnight click here.