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Plymouthians among victims of latest Universal Credit scam over social media

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From BBC News, July 11th 2019 Fraudsters are using social media to promote a scam exploiting loopholes in the welfare benefit Universal Credit. BBC News has found Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat pages plugging the scam, which can leave victims owing hundreds. Separately, the BBC has been told that the homeless, drug users and even jobless […]

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Report finds introduction of Universal Credit will increase fraud by £1.3bn by 2025

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From The Guardian, 9th of July 2019 (Edited) After the reveal of a new Universal Credit advance loans scam hitting benefit claimants that is estimated to have cost the taxpayer £20m, the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed that benefit fraud was at its highest level for a decade, driven mainly by universal credit. Although ministers […]

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Fury at £200k universal credit ad as charities reveal claimants ‘selling sex to survive’

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From The Independent, May 22nd Ministers have come under fire after a £200,000 newspaper advertorial vowing to “set the record straight” on universal credit was published on the same day charities revealed claimants were “selling sex to survive”. A six-page advertorial (an advert in the form of news article) from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was […]