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Beware of Scam Targeting DWP £300 Autumn Cost of Living Payment



Beware of Scam Targeting DWP £300 Autumn Cost of Living Payment

Beware of Scam Targeting DWP £300 Autumn Cost of Living Payment.As the UK Government prepares to distribute the second £300 Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) cost of living payment this autumn, individuals expecting this benefit should remain vigilant against a newly emerging scam.

Payment Distribution Timeline Unclear

While the precise date of distribution remains unconfirmed by the UK Government, it is expected that payments will commence in October or November. Scammers have been quick to exploit this program since its announcement last year, adding to the multitude of scams that have circulated in the past 18 months.

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The Deceptive Scam

In this latest scam, fraudsters are sending mass messages across Britain, impersonating the Government. These messages falsely inform recipients that their cost of living payment is ready for claim and that an application is required. The message instructs recipients to click on a provided link to initiate the application process.

The message content reads: “Your cost of living payment is ready – review and apply.” When the link is accessed, individuals are directed to a website resembling GOV.UK, instructing them to register for the £300 payment. The fraudulent site demands personal information, including full name, contact number, address, email address, and debit or credit card details to facilitate payment.

Protect Yourself from Scammers

It is imperative to recognize that legitimate cost of living payments do not require an application or claim. These payments are automatically issued to eligible recipients and deposited into the same account where their benefits are received. No application, claim, or registration is necessary.

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In response to this scam, a DWP spokesperson reiterated, “All cost of living payments are sent out automatically and directly to those eligible, and customers do not need to apply or contact the Government at any stage. If you have had a message asking you to apply, accept, or contact someone about the payment, this might be a scam.”

What to Do If You Suspect a Scam

If you suspect that a scammer has gained access to your bank details, immediately contact your bank, utilizing the 159 hotline for assistance. Passwords that may have been compromised should be changed without delay.

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To report scams and fraud, contact Action Fraud at 0300 123 2040 or visit the Action Fraud website. Suspicious emails can be forwarded to [email protected], where they will be investigated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Additionally, possible scam texts can be forwarded for free to 7726 to report the message to your mobile phone. Stay vigilant and protect yourself from potential scams.

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