Thursday, March 21, 2019

Police must invest and investigate distressing rise in fraud

The Liberal Democrats have called for urgent funding to assist the police in investigating fraud following the publication of a report by UK Finance which shows criminals successfully stole £1.2 billion through fraud and scams in 2018.
The report shows scams in which criminals trick bank customers into paying them money out of their bank accounts jumped by 45% in the second half of last year.
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said: 
“Fraud and scams are deeply distressing, particularly given it is the most vulnerable who are targeted. Sadly these incidents have become all too common. People deserve to know their money is safe and free from attack.
“The Liberal Democrats demand better. We demand proper investment in our police, so they can investigate and prevent fraud online while also tackling the shocking rise in knife crime on our streets.
“On-line fraud is often perpetrated by serious international crime gangs to fund their other criminal activities. British leadership in Europol has helped to combat this scourge, but that will be lost if we leave the EU – deal or no deal.”

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