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A dramatic increase in the number of scams during COVID-19 has Whitlam MP Stephen Jones calling for a new cop to fight scams and online fraud. Mr Jones said more people have been targeted by scammers since lockdowns forced many to work online from home. He added it was time the Government did more more to prevent and police scamming. He said older residents in particular are being preyed on by scammers who are becoming more sophisticated. Read more: Scamwatch: The Christmas scams you need to be aware of His office has been advised of many scams such as one involving second hand cars being taken for test drives and still not being paid for when they are sold at hugely discounted prices. “There are a whole bunch of scams going on in the second hand market,” Mr Jones said. “There are also puppy scams with people taking deposits on dogs that are never delivered. There are investment scams, romance scams and the proliferation of text messages from people saying your parcel has been delivered but you need to press a link and pay a customs duty or something else.” As shadow minister for financial services Mr Jones initiated Labor’s early election promise on the issue. He said an Albanese Government would double funding for identification recovery services to help people who have fallen prey to scammers to get their stolen ID back quickly. It would work through National Cabinet to make it easier for Government agencies to work…

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