||<p>From 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019, claimants are required to attend an interview
at a jobcentre to verify their identity before claiming a Universal Credit (UC) advance.
This change is helping protect claimants from identity fraud and becoming victims
of third party scams.</p><p> </p><p>The staff referrals we have received for UC advances
fraud since 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019 equate to 6.3% of the total referrals received
to date.</p><p> </p><p>It is important to clarify that the majority of these referrals
will relate to advance claims made prior to 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019.</p>