Christina Rees, MP for Neath, urges constituents to ensure they know how to protect themselves from online scams. With people needing to spend more time online during the pandemic, scammers have had new and increased opportunities to try and take advantage of our reliance on the internet.
Citizens Advice recently shared their top tips for protecting yourself against scams with Which?, helping to spread awareness of the wide range of scams that can be found online. You can also make Which? aware of a scam with its new scam sharer tool.
Citizens Advice’s four main tips for spotting an online scam are: making sure the individual or organisation you are talking to is legitimate; carrying out background research about the company; never sending personal information or money to someone you don’t know; and steering clear of retailers asking you to use crypto-currencies.
Find out more about Citizens Advice top tips here: https://conversation.which.co.uk/scams/citizens-advice-pandemic-scams
Christina Rees, MP for Neath, said:
“With so many people working and learning from home over the last year and keeping in touch with family and friends using social media, the pandemic has had a big impact on our reliance on the internet, giving scammers more opportunities to target people online.
“Citizens Advice Scam Action service have been working hard throughout the pandemic to help people with a wide range of online scams, from online shopping, dating and fake vaccine and covid testing kits.
“I urge constituents in Neath to take note of Citizens Advice’s top tips to spot online scams, so you can best protect yourself when using the internet.”