“Universal Credit is an expensive, badly organised, error-strewn, easy to defraud shambles.”
– UC Diary.
Defrauding Universal Credit has always been easy. Yet organised crime hasn’t been involved. Until now.
UC Diary has never been specific about how fraud could be committed. To do so would be irresponsible. However, the details below are already in the public domain and given that no official warning is being given to potential victims, publishing seems justified.
The DWP is currently receiving phone calls from those whose legacy benefits have been closed because of a claim to Universal Credit. (Those benefits include Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support etc.)
Routine stuff you might think, except that those people haven’t claimed Universal Credit. Claims have been made on their behalf, fraudulently by others. Once the claim has been made, new claim or benefit transfer advances have been obtained. If identify and bank…
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