How to avoid benefit fraud
Remember to tell us about changes before it's too late.
You need to tell us everything
Most people who receive income support tell us everything about their situation so that we can determine the correct amount they are entitled to.
It is important that we are kept informed of changes that affect your entitlement. If you don't keep us informed you could find yourself in the situation of being investigated for benefit fraud.
Benefit fraud is taken very seriously and has severe penalties:
- You may have to pay a penalty on top of the debt you already owe us, or
- You could face prosecution, a fine, sentence to do community service or imprisonment – plus pay back any money you owe us.
A conviction for benefit fraud can affect your life, including:
- your job or future job prospects
- your ability to travel overseas
- how the community sees you and your family
- your ability to get a loan or credit
- your debt burden.
It's not a matter to be taken lightly.
How we find benefit fraud
We find benefit fraud in lots of different ways, including through members of the public, data matching with other government agencies, our own internal investigations and regular client entitlement reviews.
If we have concerns about your entitlement to payments
We will contact you to let you know and may ask you for more information. We'll then conduct further investigations, which could include using our authority to obtain information from:
- financial institutions
- real estate agents
- government agencies.
We may also contact other organisations and talk to people in the community.
Find out more
Don't take the risk. Call us if there's anything you'd like to know more about – we are always happy to answer your questions and there is no need to identify who you are.
Benefit fraud affects us all. If you suspect someone you know may be committing benefit fraud please call our Allegation Line on 0800 556 006
If you're unsure about anything, please contact us