Online Fraud

Home Department – in the House of Commons on 22nd November 2021.

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Photo of James Davies James Davies Conservative, Vale of Clwyd

What steps her Department is taking to tackle online fraud.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Online fraud can cause very serious harm to victims, both financial and emotional. We are determined to protect the public from these crimes and to go after those that commit them. The draft Online Safety Bill will be one important tool to enhance our abilities in that.

Photo of James Davies James Davies Conservative, Vale of Clwyd

I thank my right hon. Friend for that update. Ofcom allows those who receive spam text messages to forward them to a service, 7726, to report the receipt of those messages. How will the law enforcement agencies use the data acquired to locate and to punish the perpetrators of those crimes?

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for highlighting the 7726 service, because referrals to that help to build up the intelligence on SMS fraudsters or scam texters and can help to lead to take-downs. It is really important that law enforcement works both with regulators and directly with individual telecoms companies to protect victims and go after the criminals responsible.