Alert – Universal Credit Scam

Action Fraud has received reports of a scam targeting people with offers of ‘low cost’ loans or ‘free’ government grants. Victims have reported
being offered these loans on their doorstep, on the phone, or via social
media.
How this scam works: The criminal uses the personal information
supplied by the victim for the bogus loan to make an application in their name for Universal Credit. The criminals then take a “fee” from the
advanced Universal Credit payment. The victim only realises it’s a scam when they received a letter from the Dept. of Work & Pensions (DWP) requesting the repayments for the advance. 
Protect yourself: Never give out personal information or financial
information in response to a cold call whether in person, via telephone or social media. DWP will never approach you in the street or ask for
personal or financial information over social media. If you have concerns about your benefits, visit: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus
If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your
credit rating quickly and easily online.
If you have already been contacted by these scammers report it to Action Fraud. The information you give to Action Fraud can help track down the criminals. If you have lost money to the scammers, contact Kent Police by calling 101
More information on the scam

Please warn friends and family members. 

For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.