HUDDERSFIELD MP Barry Sheerman wants more help for the victims of tricksters.
He said he had dealt with many complaints from people who had been fleeced by businesses or individuals and ended up out of pocket.
He said it was time it was made easier for people to reclaim their money.
Mr Sheerman's comments follow revelations in yesterday's Examiner about the activities of Alan Beaumont, 55.
Beaumont, now living in Highburton, has run a string of businesses under various names and has left mountains of business and personal debt.
He has also angered landlords in the Huddersfield area by refusing to pay rent on houses he has lived in.
Mr Sheerman said: "People often come to see me with concerns about projects in which they have lost money.
"There is some legislation in place, but it is very slow and does not always work in favour of the people who have lost money.
"I have heard some terrible, heartbreaking stories about people who have lost their savings - often huge amounts of money."
Beaumont has also been collared in the past for not completing work after taking cash deposits to build swimming pools and conservatories.
And he has run up thousands of pounds worth of debt under company names including Scandia Swimming Pools and Beaumont Construction.
But Paul Smith, of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said new laws are making it harder for people to get away with stunts which could cost their victims thousands of pounds.
He added: "We have already used the new Enterprise Act, which allows us to go after company directors even if the companies have gone bust.
"It is especially useful when work is promised and then not done. It is a great tool in helping people to get some of their money back once they have been conned.
"Each day at Trading Standards we get complaints we look into. If it warrants it we will visit rogue directors at home.
"The best way to beat a scam is to make sure you have recommendations about the tradesman you are using.
"If you are buying something expensive - such as a swimming pool or conservatory - ask if you can contact a former customer.
"And strike a deal so you pay for the work in instalments as it is completed."