Universal Credit scams

Reports of UC fraud in person and online

9 August 2019

A recent story in the press has revealed that people are being approached by individuals through doorstep cold calling and outside of Job Centre offices offering government grants or low cost government loans for a small fee.

Individuals are getting enough information to make a UC claim and request an advance payment in that person's name. People are unaware they have a UC claim until their legacy benefits stop and they have to repay a loan they never received.

Those affected have been approached by well-dressed people carrying ID badges and are even targeting people on social media.

If you find yourself in this situation what do you do?

Where it is clear the claimant has been a victim of fraud they will not be expected to pay the loan back.

If you think you or someone you know is a victim, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040