Black Country MP John Spellar has introduced new legislation to crack down on online scammers.

Spellar’s new legislation, officially known as the Public Sector Website Impersonation Bill, would create a new offence “of impersonating a public sector website for the purpose of collecting payment or personal data.”

Spellar said: “Scammers are getting smarter and more innovative. These scumbags are using highly sophisticated technology to create websites that look authentic and tricking people – often older or vulnerable – into handing over their money or personal information. During the pandemic, these ratbags created fake NHS website to trick people into doing so.”

“Online scams are only going to get more sophisticated going forward, so it is time the Government gets on the front foot and sends a strong message to the scammers that if they do the crime, they must do the time.”

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