Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has called on constituents to get involved in Scams Awareness Month lasting all of July which is a joint initiative led by Citizens Advice Scotland aimed at ensuring people know how best to protect themselves against fraud.
Across Scotland Citizens Advice Bureaux will be holding events and distributing awareness material to local people, and the bureau in Perth and Alloa and Trading Standards in Fife will be participating in this.
Scams Awareness Month will tackle a different age group each week and how fraudsters target them. Earlier this month the consumer champion Which? released statistics showing that computer-fixing scams had increased by 91% in Scotland over the past two years.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“More and more people across Perth and Kinross, Fife, Stirling and Clackmannanshire are falling victims to scams and it’s important to raise awareness of how to can protect yourself. Scams Awareness Month will do exactly that and Citizens Advice Bureaux across the region will be distributing helpful material to constituents.
“Criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated and it is important that residents across Mid-Scotland and Fife are able to spot things like bogus callers or a phishing email straight away.
“These criminals don’t just target the elderly and vulnerable with younger generations, who spend more time online, becoming a popular and lucrative target for scammers. It’s important that everyone is aware of the risks online and how best to insulate yourself from threats and I look forward to learning more about this during Scams Awareness Month.”