Rocio Concha, Which? Director of Policy and Advocacy, said:
“These new figures throw into sharp relief the epidemic of fraud which is gripping our society. Fraud is by far the most common type of crime faced by people and has risen even further as fraudsters take advantage of the growth in people shifting their activities online due to coronavirus.
“The government needs to take an important step in cracking down on this problem by ensuring that it includes paid-for advertising in the Online Safety Bill. This would make online platforms use their highly sophisticated technology to prevent harmful content from appearing on their sites.”
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