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Report benefit fraud

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Report benefit fraud 

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.