MP speaks out over fraudsters

Caroline Nokes

Caroline Nokes

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

A HAMPSHIRE MP has pressed the Prime Minister for action over fraudsters who use scams to con vulnerable people out of their money.

Caroline Nokes told MPs £3.5 billion was lost by UK consumers every year as a result of fraudulent letters, emails and phone calls that promise cash windfalls like lottery wins and inheritances.

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions at Westminster, she said: "Is my Right Hon Friend the Prime Minister aware that £3.5 billion per year is lost by UK consumers and will he commit to working with the Home Office to amend existing legislation to protect the predominantly elderly and vulnerable victims."

David Cameron said she had raised a "very important point".

He said: "This is a growing area of crime and criminology that is taking advantage of the internet but often people who are often very vulnerable".

The government's new National Crime Agency will have a dedicated unit to tackle the problem, he added.

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2:25pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Cerdicjute says...

Fraudsters conning vulnerable people out of their money? Like MPs' expenses and the taxpayer you mean?
Fraudsters conning vulnerable people out of their money? Like MPs' expenses and the taxpayer you mean? Cerdicjute
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2:36pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Subject48 says...

kaboom!
kaboom! Subject48
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4:02pm Wed 28 Nov 12

southy says...

Some thing Capitalism as been doing since the year dot.
Some thing Capitalism as been doing since the year dot. southy
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4:04pm Wed 28 Nov 12

southy says...

Only £3.5 billion per year, the biggest fraudsters in the 2% of the wealthy who con this country in a lot more in Legal Tax evasion
Only £3.5 billion per year, the biggest fraudsters in the 2% of the wealthy who con this country in a lot more in Legal Tax evasion southy
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4:32pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Subject48 says...

yeh I bet shes just peed off she got into politics rather then create one of these exploiting business herself! would make more dosh that way then mp.

Shes doing the PCC's job now because hes back at home in his county or somin?

Anything for a bit of PR!

Why does the echo continue to glorify this womans PR stunts is beyond me. She got some sort of deal?
yeh I bet shes just peed off she got into politics rather then create one of these exploiting business herself! would make more dosh that way then mp. Shes doing the PCC's job now because hes back at home in his county or somin? Anything for a bit of PR! Why does the echo continue to glorify this womans PR stunts is beyond me. She got some sort of deal? Subject48
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9:34pm Wed 28 Nov 12

mi76 says...

to be fair she has raised the issue a number of times in the past - so maybe you should do some reading up.
to be fair she has raised the issue a number of times in the past - so maybe you should do some reading up. mi76
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10:09am Thu 29 Nov 12

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Some thing Capitalism as been doing since the year dot.
Fraud has existed since the beginning of time, as has crime.

Making a fool of yourself - something you've been doing since your year dot it would seem.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Some thing Capitalism as been doing since the year dot.[/p][/quote]Fraud has existed since the beginning of time, as has crime. Making a fool of yourself - something you've been doing since your year dot it would seem. Shoong
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10:10am Thu 29 Nov 12

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Only £3.5 billion per year, the biggest fraudsters in the 2% of the wealthy who con this country in a lot more in Legal Tax evasion
... or not paying tax on duty frees.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Only £3.5 billion per year, the biggest fraudsters in the 2% of the wealthy who con this country in a lot more in Legal Tax evasion[/p][/quote]... or not paying tax on duty frees. Shoong
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10:52am Thu 29 Nov 12

Bartat says...

Contradiction in terminology there Southy!

You cannot have "legal tax evasion".because tax EVASION is ILLEGAL.

Tax AVOIDANCE is what you're referring to
Contradiction in terminology there Southy! You cannot have "legal tax evasion".because tax EVASION is ILLEGAL. Tax AVOIDANCE is what you're referring to Bartat
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11:10am Thu 29 Nov 12

Shoong says...

Bartat wrote:
Contradiction in terminology there Southy!

You cannot have "legal tax evasion".because tax EVASION is ILLEGAL.

Tax AVOIDANCE is what you're referring to
We've tried explaining it, it doesn't get through.
[quote][p][bold]Bartat[/bold] wrote: Contradiction in terminology there Southy! You cannot have "legal tax evasion".because tax EVASION is ILLEGAL. Tax AVOIDANCE is what you're referring to[/p][/quote]We've tried explaining it, it doesn't get through. Shoong
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11:52am Thu 29 Nov 12

Cyber__Fug says...

Shoong wrote:
Bartat wrote:
Contradiction in terminology there Southy!

You cannot have "legal tax evasion".because tax EVASION is ILLEGAL.

Tax AVOIDANCE is what you're referring to
We've tried explaining it, it doesn't get through.
.... and that's why I never bothered.... I wonder how much he's defrauded the country by not pay tax on baccy ??
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bartat[/bold] wrote: Contradiction in terminology there Southy! You cannot have "legal tax evasion".because tax EVASION is ILLEGAL. Tax AVOIDANCE is what you're referring to[/p][/quote]We've tried explaining it, it doesn't get through.[/p][/quote].... and that's why I never bothered.... I wonder how much he's defrauded the country by not pay tax on baccy ?? Cyber__Fug
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