The MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, has publicly backed a Police Scotland campaign to raise awareness of doorstep scams relating to the cost of living crisis.
There has been a rise in the number of people that are falling victim to doorstep scams relating to the cost of living crisis. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the mis-selling of energy efficiency measures, doorstep crime, rogue trading scams and other forms of financial harm to which consumers are susceptible. The campaign aims to empower consumers rather than make them fearful and to encourage the reporting of doorstep crime.
The campaign is being ran by Police Scotland and Trading Standards Scotland, and is named #ShutOutScammers,
Commenting, the SNP politician said:
“I am proud to lend my support to a fantastic campaign.
“The campaign aims to raise awareness of the rise in scams relating to the cost of living crisis, a problem which I have raised in recent times.
“I am glad that Police Scotland and Trading Standards Scotland are taking a significant course of action to protect constituents that may be susceptible to this type of scam.
“During this tumultuous cost of living crisis, people should not have to worry about being taken further advantage of. The current crisis has been accelerated by grotesque economic incompetency by the Tory’s down in Westminster, and it is the people of Scotland that are suffering the most.
“I have no doubt that with the full powers of independence, the cost of living crisis would be far less impactful than it otherwise has. Whilst I naturally support the significant steps that the SNP-led Scottish Government has taken to aid people, the fact remains that we are operating with one hand tied behind our backs. This cannot go on.”