Nia joined Paul Murphy MP, in a recent parliamentary debate to call on the government to get to grips with, and do more to tackle the increasing range and complexity of scams that householders are pestered with.
Nia Griffith MP said,
“Criminals use ever more sophisticated ways to con people into giving them money, including nuisance phone or emails which trick people into giving away vital personal and bank account information.
Whereas once it was someone wanting to tar your drive, now we are seeing companies using the context of the Government’s Green Deal Scheme to push people into signing up for home improvements, which may not even be appropriate for their homes and circumstances. Their sophisticated sales pitch can leave even savvy householders paying over the odds, for example paying for things like energy surveys, thinking the cost will be deducted from future home improvements, only to find that this is not the case.
I have recently met with the Carmarthenshire County Council Trading Standards Department, to see the work that they are doing to tackle these problems. If anyone has concerns about anyone operating in the area, I would urge them to get in touch with Trading Standards through the county switchboard 01267 234567 or going into Ty Elwyn, Llanelli. Representatives will also be available at the information day that I am organising with Keith Davies AM, on Friday 15th November in the shop next to Boots in Stepney St in Llanelli town centre ”