According to Suella Braverman, people must exercise more “personal responsibility” to safeguard themselves from con artists.
The Home Secretary mentioned the Government’s goal of reducing fraud by 10% from 2019 levels by the end of 2024, but added that a “culture change” among the general public was also required.
She claimed that in order to catch internet fraudsters, the government needs more resources and technology advancements.
But, she told MPs: “We need to block it in the first place, I think that requires a degree of greater personal responsibility on the part of citizens to be more aware about the threats that we all face.”
At the Home Affairs Select Committee she said: “It requires a huge level of personal responsibility, we need to get the technological companies to play their part.
“That’s why the Online Safety Bill is absolutely integral to this. And we need law enforcement and our policing community to be better equipped.”
She linked the topic of personal responsibility to things like using a seatbelt in a car or installing CCTV all around a house.
“I think we need a step change when it comes to online activity, we are far more vulnerable than we appreciate,” she said.
“I think there needs to be a culture change and a greater level of awareness amongst individuals about how they can secure themselves properly online, whilst also buying their theatre tickets and booking their holidays.
“I don’t think we have yet a sufficient level of personal responsibility.”