Scam Alert

Alert message sent 10/06/2020 07:44:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Hello resident,
                      please see the below information on a current scam.  This information is supplied by Halton Trading Standards.
Universal Credit scam
Several Halton residents have been caught out by a Universal Credit scam after receiving a letter stating they have made a new claim for Universal Credit when they haven’t. Consumers are facing difficulties finding out more about the claim when they contact Universal Credit due to the way scammers have used the information they have got hold of.
As a result, many consumers have had their Housing Benefit cancelled or suspended following the new scam Universal Credit claim.
Please be vigilant to this new and potentially growing scam. We urge you to monitor your housing benefit claim regularly to check if it has been suspended or cancelled.
If you think you have fallen victim to this scam, please contact Halton Borough Councils - Benefits Service on 0151 5117772.
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of Halton Trading Standards specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
Thank you for reading
Message sent by
Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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