House of Commons
EDM #841
Tabled 23 January 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House supports National Trading Standards' campaign, Friends Against Scams, which seeks to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams; understands that scams affect the lives of millions of people across the UK and that postal, telephone and doorstep scams are often targeted specifically at disadvantaged consumers or those in periods of vulnerability; further supports National Trading Standards' aim to achieve 1 million Friends Against Scams by 2020 in order to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them in our communities, as well as highlighting the impact of scams and helping people recognise the signs that someone might be at risk in their community; is deeply concerned by the National Trading Standards Scams Team estimate that such scams cost UK consumers between £5 billion and £10 billion annually; recognises that 98 per cent of those who participated in Friends Against Scams training would recommend the awareness session to other people; and applauds the excellent work of National Trading Standards' Friends Against Scams campaign to ensure that UK consumers are better protected against scams.

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