Conservative MEPs back new measures to tackle cross-border scams

14-Nov-2017 @ 13:00

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Conservative MEPs back new measures to tackle cross-border scams

Steps to improve co-operation between national consumer protection authorities have been backed by Conservative MEPs today.


The European Parliament approved new measures to ensure scams shut down in one country cannot simply be started again in another country by fraudsters. One example of a repeated illegal practice is the directory scam in which scammers demand businesses pay for a listing in a directory that doesn't exist. Directory fraud has often reappeared in a different country after being shut down in another.

Cross-border cooperation focused on supporting consumers across the EU

Conservative Consumer Protection spokesman, Daniel Dalton MEP, said: "For years now we have seen a familiar pattern: a scam takes off hoodwinking thousands of people in one place and when authorities shut the operation down it is simply started again in another country.


"Fraudsters don't stop at the border. Today's vote is a step in the right direction to ensure that national authorities are one step ahead of scammers who cause deep distress and misery to innocent victims.


"This is the sort of people focused cooperation that the UK should seek to continue post-Brexit."


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