Types of Benefit Fraud
Common types of Benefit Fraud include people not declaring that:
- they have started work, or about changes to their earnings
- they have a partner living with them
- they have a pension, private or occupational
- they are receiving a student loan, bursary or grant
- they have savings or investments, or not telling us the true amount that they have inherited money
- they are receiving other benefits or Tax Credits
- that they have changed address
- about other people living in their home
- they own property or land, either in the UK or abroad
What Information is Needed in a Fraud Report?
There has to be good reason to investigate a person for benefit fraud therefore the more information you can give the more likely it is that it will be investigated.
The sort of information which is needed includes:
- What you think the fraud is – what income, capital or household circumstances are involved
- Why you suspect fraud
- Names – including any nicknames and aliases
- Descriptions – height, build, hair colour
- Employment details – name and address of employer, type of work, hours of work and how much they earn
- Vehicle details- make, model, registration, colour, markings etc.
- Details of anyone else involved, including their name, description, vehicle and employment details
- Dates – how long you suspect the fraud has been going on for
- Times – any known daily times or patterns linked to the possible fraud
- Anything else you think might be useful
Don't worry if you cannot provide all this information but please try to give as much information as you know.