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 Warning following social media scam


​We have been made aware of an advert circulating on Facebook with details of how people can claim money while waiting for their benefits.

The adverts offer loans and advances on Universal Credit and other benefits.

We would urge you not to engage with these adverts and report them to Action Fraud by visiting

Detective Constable Phil Collingwood, from Durham Constabulary, said: “Adverts for these illegal transactions are being placed on social media by criminals who are trying to take advantage of vulnerable people during these difficult times.

“I would urge everyone to share this message and protect those who are most vulnerable. When you’re desperate it’s easy to mistake these offers as an opportunity to get money quickly, but the reality is you lose money quicker, or become involved in illegal money transfers. Please only borrow money form regulated lenders.”

If you are in financial difficulty, please contact Citizens Advice or visit