Date lodged: 8 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what (a) action it has taken and (b) promotional materials it has published to ensure that victims of fraud are aware that Police Scotland is the correct organisation to report the crime to.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 17 May 2018
Police Scotland work with a wide range of partners including the Scottish Government through the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce to implement Scotland’s Serious Organised Crime Strategy and reduce the harm caused by those intent on exploiting vulnerabilities for their own financial gain. While the Scottish Government has not published any promotional materials, Police Scotland has produced a leaflet entitled Victims of Fraud , which provides advice on some common types of fraud and how to report it. Police Scotland have also recently conducted a social media campaign to raise awareness of fraud.
I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of fraud or any other crime to report it to Police Scotland by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.