Stuart Anderson MP has urged his constituents to be vigilant about potential scams and report any incidents straight away to Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.
In recent weeks, Stuart Anderson MP has been contacted by a number of vulnerable constituents who have been targeted by phone calls, emails, and text messages claiming to be organisations and government departments such as HMRC.
Stuart has been working with the police and the City of Wolverhampton Council to ensure that cases are promptly dealt with and any necessary action is taken. Stuart has now called on his constituents to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from scams and fraudulent activities. In particular, Stuart wants his constituents to know where to get help from if they are worried that they might have been a victim of fraud or would like more information about what they can do.
Constituents who think that they may have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cybercrime can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website which is: www.actionfraud.police.uk Reports submitted via Action Fraud are passed to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. If constituents are unsure, they can contact Citizens Advice which is being supported by the Government to offer confidential advice online, over the phone, and in-person, for free. Their national phone line number for England is 0800 144 8848.
Stuart has also created a page on his website with useful information and links to support services such as the National Cyber Security Centre, which is running a ‘Cyber Aware’ campaign and established a Suspicious Email Reporting Service. This allows members of the public to report potential scams safely and effectively. To date, this has led to the removal of 22,192 scams. Suspicious emails can be forwarded to email@example.com.
Stuart Anderson MP said: “I want to make sure that Wolverhampton becomes a safer place for everybody to live in, work, and visit. Sadly, criminals will use every opportunity that they can to scam completely innocent people. This has become painfully apparent during the outbreak of COVID-19, and I am determined to stamp it out. It is vital that we all work together and stay vigilant to potential scams and fraudulent activity, reporting any incidents straight away.”