MSP supports efforts to combat scams

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MSP Margaret Mitchell has backed efforts to make people more aware of scams, how to spot them and how to report them.

The Conservative list MSP for Central Scotland has teamed up with Trading Standards and other agencies to highlight the issue following a recent Citizens Advice Scotland report which showed that while 50 per cent of people had experienced a scam, only five per cent have reported it.

Mrs Mitchell recently signed a motion in the Scottish Parliament to show her suppport for Scams Awareness Month.

She said: “Scams Awareness Month is an unfortunate necessity as more and more people are falling victim to a scam.

“It is therefore important that people have the knowledge they need to be able recognise a scam, report it, and get the necessary advice to help protect others and themselves in future.

“There are a wide variety of scams from those that come via post, phone or email or even a knock on the door. In addition a scam can take any form be it fake lotteries and prize draws, bogus health cures or dodgy investment schemes to name just a few.

“Unfortunately, scams are constantly changing as once people become aware of them scammers come up with something new in order to keep one step ahead.

“Therefore, it is important to continually raise awareness of the type of scams out there, how to spot them and how to report them. In addition, we need to get away from the idea that it is only the elderly or vulnerable who are the victims of scams. The people who invent these schemes are clever opportunists and anyone can be a victim.”