Tens of millions of pounds of public money is believed to have been stolen with claimants left owing hundreds after fraudsters targeted Britain’s main welfare benefit, universal credit.
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd, has reassured claimants that she will get all the money back after hiring an internet crime specialist to investigate, a Nigerian prince called DI Kate Fleming.
Another official writes that “the loss of taxpayers’ money could be in the region of £20m”.
Amber Rudd has asserted that she has the situation under control. She’s explained she was fortunate enough to be in the process of transferring some government funds to a Swiss bank account, a short-term loan to enable a Nigerian prince to access funds frozen by the government of Bongo-Bongo Land’s unusual financial laws, when she happened to mention the universal credit claimants scam to him. She couldn’t believe her luck when the prince revealed himself to be none other than DI Kate Fleming, a Nigerian police expert in internet crime, and that for an extra deposit of half a million pounds he would not only be able to retrieve all the scammed money but charge the scammers 10% interest as well.
Bogus universal credit claims include one saying “Harry Kane” was their landlord and another was from “a 19-year-old girl with six blind children”.
The footballer is currently under arrest and the Daily Express have paid an undisclosed amount for an exclusive interview with the 19-year-old girl entitled, “My six children born blind due to NHS cuts and a diet of statins and coffee.”
The BBC broke the story and have published details of how the scam worked.
The scam has been described as incredibly sophisticated given that the system is designed so that even the most computer literate of people give up trying to make a claim.
The BBC couldn’t reveal how they obtained the detailed information on the scam but have announced that the over-75’s needn’t worry about paying for their TV licences now.