Brake: How to put the brakes on fraud

Fraud hit nearly 500 people in Carshalton & Wallington last year and 300,000 people nationally.

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Local MP Tom Brake recently met with Ross Archer from Cifas, a fraud prevention organisation, to hear the latest advice about how residents can stop themselves becoming victims of fraud.

Tom Brake MP said:

"Too many people in Carshalton & Wallington are falling victims of fraud. I will be calling on Sutton Council to sign up to a scheme provided by Cifas, whereby local vulnerable people are identified and safeguarded against many types of fraud.

"This is a free service which I believe could strengthen our community and lower the number of fraud victims in Carshalton & Wallington.

"I will also be calling on the Government to do more to protect people against all types of fraud and to ensure they recognise the effect that being a victim of fraud can have on people, both financially and mentally."

Cifas offers 5 quick tips to protect people against becoming a victim of fraud:

  1. Check your social media privacy settings
  2. Be wary of unsolicited messages
  3. Choose strong and different passwords
  4. Make sure your device software is up to date
  5. Be careful when using public wifi

Find out more at www.cifas.org.uk.

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