Reporting Benefit Fraud

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Examples of benefit fraud

Benefit fraud is falsely claiming money from the Government. It is an intentional deception which takes money away from those that need it most. Below are some examples of Fraud.

Undeclared partner

This can either be not telling us about a partner when they first make a claim, or not letting us know when a partner moves in during the claim.

Undeclared income

Not telling us about money they have coming into the household, whether at the start of the claim or during the claim. This could be from tax credits, other benefits or rent from a lodger. These are only examples and this is not a complete list.

Undeclared earnings

Not telling us about any employment, or a partner’s employment at the start or during a claim. This could also include failing to tell us about an increase in earnings or a second job.

Undeclared capital

Capital is money in accounts, savings, property or investments held by you or a partner. Again, these are only examples and this is not a complete list.

Other types of benefit fraud include claiming at an address you do not live in, not declaring another occupant who is not your partner or falsifying rent documents.

How to report benefit fraud

Telephone: call the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440. Your call is free and confidential you do not have to give your name or address. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm.

If you have speech or hearing problems you can use a text phone service on 0800 328 0512 or Welsh speakers can call on 0800 678 3722.


By post: NBFH, PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP