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Cost of living payment text - is it real?

johnboy60
johnboy60 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
edited September 2022 in Cost of living
Hello everyone, 
Has anyone received a Text Message From the DWP about the cost of living payments, 🤔  I'm not sure If it's Real Or not 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,343 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes I got one yesterday, it’s just a standard text message.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • johnboy60
    johnboy60 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    Yes I got one yesterday, it’s just a standard text message.
    Thank you Poppy123456 😊 I was worried as there's a lot of scams out there 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Campaigns Posts: 12,488 Disability Gamechanger
    It's always worth being vigilant, and checking these things @johnboy60! :)
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  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 174 Listener
    I received this text with the first COL payment,
  • johnboy60
    johnboy60 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    Thank you for the Info Tori_scope and I Get Very Paranoid About Texts From Them and I'm Never Sure IF they are Real or Not, I had a private number call me last week and didn't answer it because i didn't know who it was 
  • johnboy60
    johnboy60 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    I received this text with the first COL payment,
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 10,600 Scope online community team
    edited September 2022
    Just to add: A few people have received texts which appear to be genuine.

    However, as you've not said what your text includes I thought I'd mention that if a text asks you to follow a link or respond with any information, that's usually when you need to be wary. 

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  • johnboy60
    johnboy60 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    Your text was different to mine then, mine said the government are making extra cost of living payments to find out if you qualify go to www.gov.uk I went on there and it just gives information about the cost of living payments 
  • johnboy60
    johnboy60 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    Just to add: A few people have received texts which appear to be genuine.

    However, as you've not said what your text includes I thought I'd mention that if a text asks you to follow a link or respond with any information, that's usually when you need to be wary. 


  • johnboy60
    johnboy60 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    Hi Adrian, the text message I had was from the DWP and it read, the government are making cost of living payments, to find out if you qualify go to www.gov.uk/Guidance cost of living payments 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,343 Disability Gamechanger
    johnboy60 said:
    Your text was different to mine then, mine said the government are making extra cost of living payments to find out if you qualify go to www.gov.uk I went on there and it just gives information about the cost of living payments 

    That's exactly what i received too and it looked genuine to me. It also came through on the same number as previous text messages from DWP, which i knew were 100% genuine.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • johnboy60
    johnboy60 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    johnboy60 said:
    Your text was different to mine then, mine said the government are making extra cost of living payments to find out if you qualify go to www.gov.uk I went on there and it just gives information about the cost of living payments 

    That's exactly what i received too and it looked genuine to me. It also came through on the same number as previous text messages from DWP, which i knew were 100% genuine.

  • johnboy60
    johnboy60 Community member Posts: 10 Listener
    There was no number attached to the text I had poppy🤔 it just said From DWP
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,343 Disability Gamechanger
    johnboy60 said:
    There was no number attached to the text I had poppy🤔 it just said From DWP

    I know there wasn't but the text came from the same place my previous text messages came from and what the previous texts related to was quite clear it was DWP.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • dolphins7
    dolphins7 Community member Posts: 42 Listener
    Got the txt but didnt get any money in DWP strike again 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,343 Disability Gamechanger
    dolphins7 said:
    Got the txt but didnt get any money in DWP strike again 

    As i advised you on this thread here. https://forum.scope.org.uk/discussion/105038/who-has-received-or-started-to-see-their-301-cost-of-living-payment#latest you can receive it anytime up until 17th May. Today is only day 2 of the payment dates.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Steve_in_The_City
    Steve_in_The_City Scope Member Posts: 511 Pioneering
    If you are not sure about a phone number just Google the number. If not sure about a text, just IGNORE it.

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