Sep 27, 2018

Fraudsters target victims on social media

National Trading Standards, the body at the frontline of UK consumer protection, also sounded a warning about illegal skin lightening creams that can threaten users' health. Its annual Consumer Harm Report details more than 100 criminal convictions. Lord Toby Harris, chair of National Trading Standards, said the report highlighted the evolving threats facing both consumers and business, with criminals increasingly using social media to target victims. The report said it prevented more than £182m of losses to consumers and business in 2017/18 - more than a third higher than the previous 12-month period. The convictions secured by Trading Standards included more than 35 years in jail for a group of fraudsters who conned consumers out of £37m by selling passports and driving licences through copycat websites.

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