Examples of benefit fraud and how to report it

Types of benefit fraud and how to tell us if you suspect someone is claiming fraudulently

Typical examples of someone committing benefit fraud:

  • working but not declaring this when claiming benefit
  • claiming as a single person but actually living with a partner
  • claiming from an address but not living there
  • not telling us the full amount of income, savings or capital when claiming  benefit
  • claiming when, for any reason, they have no right to claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax benefit

Reporting benefit fraud

If you suspect someone is committing benefit fraud please let us know. All allegations received are considered and a decision is taken whether to undertake an investigation based upon the information received.

The more information that is given the more likely the investigation will result in a positive outcome and this could include:

  • name, address and age
  • description of persons
  • description and/or registration number of any vehicles
  • employer's name and address
  • start/finish times of employment
  • type of fraud you suspect is taking place
  • any indication of how long you suspect the fraud has been going on

You can make a difference – tell us now in strict confidence

You can report a suspected fraud by:

  • calling us on 0800 953 0400 (24 hour free phone number - answer phone during out of office hours) or 01236 812675

      or

  • e-mailing us using the contact details on the right hand side of this page

The more information you can provide the better our investigations will be. This means it is more likely we will be able to determine if an act of fraud has been carried out.

Any information you give will be treated in the strictest confidence and you do not even have to tell us your name.