The head of a policing body has called on social media companies to be legally responsible for removing scam ads from their networks and protecting consumers from fraud.
James Thompson, chairman of the City of London Police Authority board, told the audience on Thursday, including a security minister, Damien Hands, that the online safety bill should include tough measures to deal with internet fraud.
He also wants fraud to be a national priority in all local police forces in the UK, as in recent years County Lines has focused on dealing with drug gangs.
Mr Thompson is expected to say: “Not only does fraud affect millions of British citizens each year, some of whom are very vulnerable, it weakens our economy and our international reputation as a safe haven. But creates a risk in which to do business.
It is important for online platforms, such as social media companies, to take legal responsibility for identifying, removing and preventing fraudulent and fraudulent activity on their websites.
“Unfortunately, this is something they have failed to do effectively to date, so it is now important to introduce the right regulatory framework.”
Mr Thompson will call for fraud to be made a priority in the Online Safety Bill, and for legislation to include measures to deal with advertisements for payments on social media to lure artist victims. Use
Their views reflect those of consumer champion Martin Lewis, whose example and name have been used repeatedly by fraudsters and who has long campaigned for stricter advertising laws.
Earlier this year, Mr Lewis reacted angrily to the fact that scams were not included in the government’s online security plans, as described in the Queen’s speech, saying the mistake had led to the perpetrators. “Left to avoid fraud.”
Calls are also supported by a consumer rights organization.
Rocio Concha, which one? The director of policy and advocacy said: “There has been a devastating increase in scams since the onset of epidemics, yet despite the emotional and financial impact on victims, tech giants are failing to take appropriate action and protect their customers. Are
The inclusion of fraudulent advertisements in the online safety bill is strong, with police agencies, businesses, regulators, consumer groups and many MPs agreeing that immediate action is needed. It is important that the government take advantage of this opportunity.
The City of London Police is the national lead force for fraud, and its work is overseen by the Police Authority Board.
Fraud accounts for a third of all crimes in England and Wales, and Mr Thompson said about 80 per cent were cyber-powered, including the use of the internet and digital devices.
A government spokesman said: “We have incorporated consumer fraud into our new online laws to protect people from the devastating effects of scams.
“This initiative is only part of our plan to tackle fraud. We continue to pursue fraudsters and close the vulnerabilities they exploit, helping people identify and report scams.” Have been, and we will soon consider whether there is a need for strict regulation on online advertising.
The government will consult on payment rules for online payments later this year, he said.
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