Strangers money appears in my account

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I have had money from the DWP paid into my account with an unknown National Insurance number with CA beside it. £128.00

Who do I phone? Will the DWP just write to me and then remove the money? Concerned another person's money has went into my account!
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  • Darksparkle
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    You should inform your bank.
  • Tigsteroonie
    Tigsteroonie Posts: 24,954 Forumite
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    I've just checked our accounts, and entries for Carer's Allowance show as:

    NINUMBEROFRECIPIENT DWP CA

    Is it similar?
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  • Bryando
    Bryando Posts: 1,464 Forumite
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    Yeah that is how it appears.
  • Guest101
    Guest101 Posts: 15,764 Forumite
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    You cannot keep it, that would be theft.


    Report to your bank, let them deal with it. Happens more often then people think
  • nannytone_2
    nannytone_2 Posts: 12,952 Forumite
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    Guest101 wrote: »
    You cannot keep it, that would be theft.


    Report to your bank, let them deal with it. Happens more often then people think
    where did bryando suggest that he may 'keep it'?
  • xylophone
    xylophone Posts: 44,606 Forumite
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    I would imagine that either the claimant of the CA or the DWP miskeyed the bank account number to which the money should be directed.

    I think I would be inclined to contact the DWP (0345 608 4321)- otherwise I can see the cash being returned to DWP and then an endless cycle of the money appearing/being returned.....:eek:
  • Bryando
    Bryando Posts: 1,464 Forumite
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    I gave them a email. Will call them on Monday. Hopefully this does not turn into a farce!
  • TELLIT01
    TELLIT01 Posts: 16,575 Forumite
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    xylophone wrote: »

    I think I would be inclined to contact the DWP (0345 608 4321)- otherwise I can see the cash being returned to DWP and then an endless cycle of the money appearing/being returned.....:eek:

    DWP won't just be able to claw back money which has been paid into a wrong account. If the claimant provided wrong, but valid, details they will have jump through all sorts of hoops to get a new payment. If DWP input the details wrong the money will probably just be written off due to the problems getting it back.
  • dippy3103
    dippy3103 Posts: 1,959 Forumite
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    I think they will recover it.. They can show the o/p (clearly an honest person doing their best) knew they were not due it.
  • Bryando
    Bryando Posts: 1,464 Forumite
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    TELLIT01 wrote: »
    DWP won't just be able to claw back money which has been paid into a wrong account. If the claimant provided wrong, but valid, details they will have jump through all sorts of hoops to get a new payment. If DWP input the details wrong the money will probably just be written off due to the problems getting it back.


    I hope they don't just write it off! If they do will surrender it to the local food bank in shopping.
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