We know that many people have suffered reductions in income – losing up to 20% of income if on furlough or possibly considerably more if moving from employment to Universal Credit. We are also concerned that some Sutton families who have not so far been subjected to the Universal Credit benefit cap, will be capped very soon. The Universal Credit regulations give many people a nine-month grace period from losing employment before the benefit cap takes effect. People who lost their jobs nine months ago, at the beginning of the pandemic may therefore be impacted by the benefit cap – facing further a reduction in income. Benefits may be further reduced in April if the government does not maintain the £20 per week covid 19 uplift.
5,478 reports of DPD phishing emails were made in November 2020, an increase of 655% when compared to the previous month. Action Fraud has also received 166 reports of suspicious DPD text messages between June and November this year, with a total, reported losses of £139,000. Reporting volumes and losses are continuing to increase in the run up to Christmas, with a further 35 reports with a reported loss of £103,000 recorded in the first 8 days of December 2020.
Fraudsters are using fake DPD messages to lure victims into a phishing scam. Please find attached police advice.
Transform Sutton is a partnership led by Cranstoun, bringing together local organisations and charities, each with unique skill sets and experience in domestic abuse, allowing us to deliver the best support possible for the Sutton community. The Partnership is formed by a team of Cranstoun Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs), a Cranstoun Men & Masculinities Programme, the Sutton Women’s Centre, Hestia, Home-Start Sutton, Jigsaw4U and the Limes College. We offer a full domestic abuse service to victims/survivors of domestic abuse, children/young people impacted by domestic abuse and perpetrators of domestic abuse. Our services will continue to be provided throughout the Christmas holidays, including the Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop. Further information can be found at cranstoun.org/services/domestic-abuse/transform-sutton and the attached poster.
Since 2016, the NTS Scams Team have stopped 10,069,130 items of fraudulent mail landing on consumer’s doorsteps. We are opening up the freepost address to everyone in the UK!
Please take a look at the Scamnesty Social Media Pack.