Fraud hit nearly 500 people in Carshalton & Wallington last year and 300,000 people nationally.
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:
- Check your social media privacy settings
- Be wary of unsolicited messages
- Choose strong and different passwords
- Make sure your device software is up to date
- Be careful when using public wifi
Find out more at www.cifas.org.uk.