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NTSB's Lord Toby Harris responds to latest e-crime report

Picture of Toby Harris NTSB ChairmanResponding to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on e-crime published on 30 July, the chairman of the National Trading Standards Board Lord Toby Harris said: "The report makes for worrying reading, reinforcing what we knew already; fraud is increasingly taking place online, gathering pace at a time where the budgets of those tackling these criminals, such as trading standards, are being cut.

"We identified the 'black hole' last year and created the National Trading Standards e-Crime Centre (NTSECC) to combat precisely some of the issues identified in this report with a national, targeted, specialist trading standards resource.  The NTSECC is responding to the rising levels of e-crime by actively identifying, pursuing and investigating online scams targeted at UK consumers.

"The report needs to be a wake up call however for decision makers to up the funding for initiatives like the NTSECC.  It is clear that the landscape for fraud is changing rapidly and this must be reflected in the support and training that is given to enforcement - this is the area to invest, not cut budgets, as we work towards returning to sustainable economic growth.  The safety and wealth of the country is at stake."

DATE: 30 July 2013