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MP calls for clamp down on phone scams

A former Welsh Secretary is calling for governments to work with phone, internet and mail providers to clamp down on scams which target elderly people. Torfaen MP Paul Murphy is holding a debate in the House of Commons this afternoon. He's backing a campaign by Age Cymru and says,

I’ve been appalled at some of the examples I’ve seen. Peoples’ lives have been ruined by these dishonest operators, who target elderly and vulnerable people and rob them of their money and self-esteem. I’ve heard about a 76 year old widow conned out of her life savings. Others have been persuaded to send money abroad to claim non-existent lottery prizes, tricked into sending thousands of pounds to manipulative clairvoyants, or have paid several times over the odds for work on their properties.

These stories are disturbingly common. I’d urge people to look out for friends, family or neighbours who might be in danger. But Age Cymru are quite right - what is also needed is to get both Governments, Councils, charities, the police and the communications companies to work together to target these fraudsters and cut off their ability to con people.

– Paul Murphy MP, Labour