HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 c444W
Mr. Donohoe

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action the Government are taking to protect people from being defrauded by people purporting to represent the Canadian Lottery. [142856]

Mr. Sutcliffe

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched a consumer awareness campaign on 3 December in response to the increase in telephone marketing scams originating from Canada.

The OFT is working closely with the Canadian authorities to ensure prompt and effective action is taken against these scams.

The campaign includes a telephone hotline set-up by the OFT to collect evidence which the Canadian authorities can use to prosecute the scam operators.