Angus South MSP, Graeme Dey, has joined the Friends Against Scams campaign, with the initiative aiming to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’.
As a ‘SCAMbassador’, Mr Dey has joined the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and others in a cross-party network to protect everyone from scams and the damage they cause.
Each year scams cause between £5bn and £10bn worth of detriment to UK consumers. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact on victims.
Mr Dey said: “Victims of scams are not only affected financially but also by the emotional impact which can occur once someone realises just what has happened to them.
“I am pleased to support this important initiative.”
Scams affect millions of people across the UK and cost consumers an estimated £5-10 billion of detriment of each year. Scams are a pervasive, criminal threat, which in addition to the financial damage can also cause serious detrimental, long-term psychological effects and ultimately destroy lives.
Louise Baxter, Team Manager, National Trading Standards Scams Team said: “The tactics used by scammers leave victims socially isolated and ashamed of telling their friends and families what’s really going on behind closed doors.
“It is fantastic to have such an influential figure in the community to help us tackle this problem on a local, regional and national level and I would encourage all those that are interested in showing their support to join the campaign and be part of our growing SCAMbassador network.”