Universal Credit Scam Hits Dating Apps

Users being enticed in with ‘get money quick’ scam.

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After media outlets broke the details about the Universal credit scam leaving claimants up to £1,500 out of pocket, DPS Computing can exclusively reveal that the brazen scammers have now relocated to popular dating apps, including Grindr, in an attempt to find more people to scam.

Scammers are approaching people online suggesting that they can make £600 to £800 online in a matter of hours as long as you have a passport, driving license and bank card available.

Different stories have been encountered, but the most recent is that they have a contact that works within Job Centre Plus that would open an unspecified account in your name, process back payments and then close the JCP account after the payments had been deposited in your account.

Responding to common privacy fears, the scammers attempt to reassure would be victims by saying that your documents are uploaded directly to a government approved and authorised application and there is no need to pass your details directly to them.

Verifying through the app will avoid any interviews with an adviser at Job Centre Plus according to the scammers.

For facilitating this ‘free money’, the scammers demand 50% or more of the payment as a fee. However, unknowingly the money is likely to have been obtained via a fraudulent benefits claim which will leave the victim potentially thousands of pounds out of pocket as well as collectively costing the tax payer millions.

Despite the growing crisis, the government appears to be completely unable to put a stop to this scam and have today warned victims that they may still have to pay the money claimed back according to the BBC.

Business Link To Shut In Latest Government Austerity Measures

The final nail is now in the coffin for Business Link, the resource designed by the government to encourage and support new businesses, as the announcement that it will close in October is finalised.

Under previous austerity measures, announced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition last year, all regional and offline Business Link services, offices and seminars were closed down and ceased to exist by November 2011.  At the same time, the online Business Link website was boosted with a major multi million pound revamp.

Barely 10 months after the costly revamp and launch of the Business Link website, the Government have confirmed that the Business Link website will close on 17th October 2012.

A shocking blow to new and small to medium sized businesses, the latest austerity measures aren’t likely to be popular with businesses that are already struggling for support in poor economic times.

It also calls into question the Governments decision to invest in a revamp of the Business Link website, to shut it down less than a year later – undoubtedly what will be considered a waste of tax payers money in a time when the UK is experiencing a double dip recession, the worst since World War II.

The Government becomes the latest in the line to reduce support for SMEs, following on from banks, which are still reluctant to loan to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Business Link is a government funded business advice and support service which started in 1993.  The final call on Business Link was looming after the announcement in 2011 that all regional Business Link services were to be terminated.  However, this was justified by the Government based on the fact that they were investing in a revamp as well as new content and tools on the Business Link website to counter the negative effects of local service termination.

By September 2012, Business Link sent out an e-mail to all its registered customers asking them to download any information they have stored on Business Link as it will no longer be available after the 17th October.

Business Link now becomes the latest victim of the coalition government, formed in 2010.

Government statements were keen to stress that Business Link was being absorbed into the new Gov.uk website, due to launch in October 2012, and was not being ‘shut down’ as such, more being ‘transferred’.

Following further investigation by DPS Computing Limited, we can confirm that this is only a partial truth.  While it is indeed correct that some of the standard, non-personalised ‘advice’ pages will appear on the new Gov.uk website, there will be no user areas, personalised information or ability to store company information or receive tailored support, as you can on the current Business Link website.  In addition, there will be no ‘Business Link’ website contained within the Gov.uk website – some of the advice sheets will simply be contained in appropriate sections, in a similar style to the current Directgov website, which is also being absorbed into the Gov.uk website.

ACTA – Anonymous Claims Next Victim – Sweden

ACTAThe “Reign Of Terror” that seems to be sweeping the globe continues as Sweden becomes the latest victim to Anonymous.

Although, currently, it has not been officially confirmed by Anonymous, a group linked to the cyber activism group has claimed responsibility for the attacks on Twitter.

Yesterday, we reported on the attacks on Greek government websites in response to the signing of ACTA by 22 EU member states, of which Greece was one.

Now Sweden has been targeted in a effort to make their government think again about ACTA.  The attack is said to have caused widespread disruption to a central Swedish government website which is used by all departments of the Swedish central government.

Officials would not specifically comment on the issue other than to say that “some disruption” had been caused on their servers but that they were not able to comment further as “the government doesn’t comment on security issues”.

With Anonymous stepping up their game, pressure is going to continue to mount on EU governments that have become ACTA signatories and no doubt Anonymous has numerous more attacks planned before the treaty is due to be ratified by the European Parliament in the Summer 2012.