Report benefit fraud:
You have the right to remain anonymous.
What is benefit fraud?
Benefit fraud is a crime. Benefit fraud happens when someone doesn’t report a change in their circumstances or is deliberately dishonest in order to receive benefit.
Examples of benefit fraud are:
- failing to report that you're working
- failing to report a change of address
- failing to report the full amount of your income, savings or capital
- claiming benefit as a single person when you live with a partner
- claiming benefit for an address you don't live at
- claiming benefit when you have no right to
What happens if I'm reported?
If you're accused of committing benefit fraud you'll be contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions. A Benefits or Fraud Investigation Officer may visit you to talk about your benefit claim.
Your benefit may be stopped while under investigation. If this happens, you'll get a letter telling you what will happen next.
If proof of benefit fraud is identified:
- you may be formally cautioned
- an administrative penalty may be imposed
- the case may be referred to the Procurator Fiscal with a view to prosecution
We will always recover any fraudulent overpayments.