Good morning, (only just) soon to be afternoon. This is Martin Lewis talking about online scams. He has been trying to convince the Government to include this in the Online Harms Bill, but to no avail, they won't listen to him.
Martin has been fighting scams for four and a half years ever since his own photograph has been used by scammers to fleece people of their life savings. Listen and watch his passion in this video.
What struck me when listening to this was the obvious parallels between the sophistication of scammers who use technology to reel their victims in, and the techniques used by Governments around the world in order to achieve the same level of compliance.
Scammers choose people who trust them. They gain trust by lying to their victims. Martin says, every day there are vulnerable people having their lives destroyed. That rings a bell with me. Jobs lost, businesses destroyed, and suicides. All part of being scammed.
Fraud is the biggest single crime in the country. Yes, that resonates with me. Martin was asked what is causing this rise in scamming. His reply was that Government won't upset Big Tech. And I say, a good answer. That's why they refuse to be drawn into it.
Now it's 12 noon and I am going to go out into the sunshine. Thanks for popping in. We'll catch up soon. ilona