Iain Gray MSP has met with representatives of advice.scot, the online identity of Advice Direct Scotland, to discuss its fights against scammers and the steps people can take to protect themselves from scams.
The mission of advice.scot is to connect advice and information with the people who need. It believes impartial advice should be available to everyone in Scotland, at no cost, regardless of personal circumstance.
The organisation’s work on tackling scammers includes raising awareness of scams but also encouraging those who have been a victim of a scam to report it.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“I was pleased to meet with advice.scot in the Scottish Parliament to support their continued protection of Scottish citizens against scams.
“Thousands of Scots fall victim to scams every year and advice.scot are working in partnership with Trading Standards and other organisations to combat illegal scammers.
“Scams cost the UK economy approximately £10 billion every year. However, only 5 per cent of scams are ever reported. If more potential scams are reported, organisations can work with their partners to raise awareness and prevent further people from being scammed.
“I know this happens locally – I have had constituents come to me having been scammed, and members of my own family who have been targeted too.
“I’m urging East Lothian residents to be #ScamAware, and for anyone who thinks they’ve been the victim of a scam to contact advice.scot’s expert team on 0808 164 6000.”
Find out more about advice.scot’s work at www.advice.scot