Benefit fraud

We take benefit theft very seriously. Deliberately withholding information that affects a claim is stealing.

Benefit fraud includes not telling us about changes in circumstances such as:

  • living with a partner or other person in the house
  • getting other benefits or having savings or receiving an inheritance
  • starting work or other earnings
  • changing address

Report someone committing fraud

Report benefit fraud online

You can also call 0800 854 440.

If possible you'll need to provide:

  • the name and address of the person you are reporting
  • the type of benefit theft you think they are committing
  • a description of them
  • information about their vehicle (if they have one)
  • information about their employer (if you think they're working)
  • times of leaving and arriving home

What happens next

Your information will be treated confidentially and we have professionally trained investigators who will look into your report. People who commit benefit fraud face:

  • paying all the money back
  • prosecution
  • a fine
  • a criminal record

Tell us about a change

You should always let us know if your address or circumstances change for any reason.

Report a change of address

Report another change of circumstances

You can also:

Page last updated: 29/10/2019
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