Nicky highlights anti-fraud week with the help of Santander and Leicestershire Police

To mark the culmination of 2018’s ‘Take Five To Stop Fraud Week’ Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan visited the Market Street branch of Santander UK to hear how financial fraud is an issue that affects every town in the United Kingdom; and what banks, police and government are doing to prevent it.

The government supported awareness week this year highlighted that message that most people think that they wouldn’t fall for a fraudulent text or email, but criminals are more sophisticated than ever.

During the course of the week Nicky promoted the important fraud prevention event on social media and facilitated a drop in session at Loughborough Library but it was during her visit to the local branch that she heard details of real life incidents that had affected Loughborough residents.

Nicky said “It is disturbing to hear how people right here in Loughborough have been targeted by fraudsters, and gratifying to know that our banks are staying constantly vigilant to try and protect us and to hear how seriously our police take these crimes.

“It’s very obvious that any of us can be the victim of fraud and we must all take reasonable steps to make ourselves aware of the risks we face and how to avoid them.

“Just because ‘Take Five To Stop Fraud Week’ has now finished it doesn’t mean we should relax. I urge everyone to visit takefive-stopfraud.org.uk and keep up to date with the different ways these criminals are targeting us.”

Reza Attar-Zadeh, Head of Customer Proposition and Experience at Santander UK said “We were delighted to welcome Nicky Morgan MP to our Loughborough branch as part of Take Five Week and to showcase some of the work that we are carrying out to help keep customers safe from fraud.

“Santander takes the fight against fraud very seriously – we have seen the life changing impact it can have on people’s lives. Consumer awareness is absolutely key to tackling what is currently one of the biggest threats to the security of people’s finances.”