Heartbroken Martin Lewis has shared his “anxiety” over fraud scammers. Mr Lewis spoke out as victims of scams with his face on them are pushed to the brink of suicide.
He told the Mid Point Podcast: “Someone messaged me yesterday saying, ‘I know someone who’s gonna take their own life because they’ve lost £200,000 because they put money in an investment that had your name on it’.
“Well, it wasn’t me! It’s the scam. “That’s why it’s so painful.” He added: “I’m very fortunate and lots of people have much harder lives than I do, but I find the pressures of the responsibility difficult.”
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Scam ads are to be included in the Government’s Online Safety Bill, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced. Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com and the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, whose face is among the most used by scammers in the UK, said: “I am thankful the Government has listened to me and the huge numbers of other campaigners – across banks, insurers, consumer groups, charities, police and regulators – who’ve been desperate to ensure scam adverts are covered by the Online Safety Bill.
“We are amidst an epidemic of scam adverts. Scams don’t just destroy people’s finances – they hit their self-esteem, mental health and even leave some considering taking their own lives.
“The Government now accepting the principle that scam adverts need to be included, and that firms who are paid to publish adverts need to be responsible for them, is a crucial first step.”
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