Edinburgh’s Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Crockart, is urging people in Edinburgh to be more aware of the threat of fraud, welcoming The Devil’s in Your Details campaign launched by the National Fraud Authority, Telecommunications UK Fraud Forum and Financial Fraud Action UK.
Last year over 3,000 people reported being scammed; the real figure is thought to be significantly higher as many people are too embarrassed to admit they have been the victim of a scam.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting personal information, reminding the public to be careful when sharing their details and vigilant about potential scams.
Commenting Mike Crockart said:
“People need to be aware of the threat of fraud; they don’t need to panic, but just be a little more vigilant.
“It’s easy to slip into a false sense of security and think that fraud happens to someone else. But fraudsters are experienced and often excellent psychologists, so even the most experienced web user is susceptible.
“The Devil’s in Your Details campaign is simply encouraging people to be extra careful with their details, especially when online.
“If you’re asked for more personal information than usual, sit up and take note. If you are at all suspicious then contact your local police.
“You can find out more about the campaign and spotting the signs of fraud on the ActionFraud Website at www.actionfraud.police.uk.”