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Internet crime centre set to expand in North Yorkshire
THE main team which deals with internet crime for England and Wales is expanding its North Yorkshire base.
The national e-crime evidence centre was set up to fight the rising threat of internet scams around the country, and will be hosted by North Yorkshire County Council.
Lord Toby Harris and members of the County Council are opening the new National Trading Standards E-crime Centre’s digital evidence unit (DEU) at Northallerton on Monday, which has almost doubled in size to deal with the number of internet scams and online fraud incidents around the country.
The team will focus on companies and scammers who use the internet, email and text messages to con people out of money, and cost the UK billions of pounds each year.
County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for Trading Standards, said: “This is great news both for jobs in North Yorkshire and in the fight against e-crime.
“We are delighted that North Yorkshire plays such a vital role in helping trading standards services nationally to tackle online consumer and business fraud which costs UK consumers at least £3.5billion each year.”
The lab now has nine forensic analysts working on tackling internet scams, increased from five, and including a forensic technician, looking at phones and computer data from around the country and work with officers in York to gather information on schemes from around England and Wales.
Lord Harris is chairman of the National Trading Standards Board and member of both the House of Lords Select Committee on Personal Internet Security.
He said: “The investment in the National Trading Standards e-Crime Centre will ensure the right resources are in place to tackle the growing threat of e-crime.
“These specialist teams, along with a training programme for local officers, will ensure trading standards remains at the forefront of protecting UK consumers as well as ensuring the internet remains fair for small and medium sized businesses, so vital to the UK economy.”
For more information or to report an internet crime, go to tradingstandardsecrime.org.uk
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