Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has spoken out in support of Scam Awareness Fortnight 2022.
This is an annual initiative organised by Citizens Advice, running from June 13th until June 26th, with the goal of creating a network of confident and alert consumers who know what to do when they spot a scam.
Scammers often take advantage of the most vulnerable, with both Citizens Advice and Age UK warning that the cost-of-living crisis is being used to their advantage. Whether they are pretending to be energy companies, luring people with “too good to be true deals”, or fake calls from the local Council offering rebates on council tax in return for bank details, scammers are exploiting the circumstances of ordinary people.
Citizens Advice research has found that over 40 million people in the UK have been targeted by scammers since the start of 2022, which includes over three quarters of the people living in Wales. Many people in Caerphilly have reported being contacted more frequently by scammers this year.
Wayne David MP said “It is now more important than ever to be able to recognise a scam and avoid being the victim of fraud or theft. It is always upsetting to hear from constituents in Caerphilly who been conned out of their savings or had their hard-earned money stolen.
If you are concerned about scams, then Citizens Advice have an excellent online advice page where you can check to see if something might be a scam, check whether you can get your money back after a scam or find emotional support if you’ve been scammed. If you aren’t online or don’t have access to the internet, you may want to visit Citizens Advice in-person at their offices in Bargoed, or you can call their consumer service helpline on 0808 223 1133”.
For more information from Citizens Advice and AgeUK on the types of scams you may encounter, please follow the links below: