Benefit fraud is when a person has applied for, or is getting, a benefit they know they are not supposed to receive.
This happens if a person:
- gives false details when applying for benefits
- does not tell the relevant agency about changes affecting the amount of benefits to be paid
These agencies can include:
- Social Security Scotland
- Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
- Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
- local councils
If a person makes an honest mistake when applying for a benefit, this is not the same as fraud.
An honest mistake can be when a person mistakenly completes an application incorrectly. Or, if they accidentally provide the wrong information asked for.
Reporting fraud against Scottish benefits and payments
Use this form to tell us about fraud against benefits and payments made by Social Security Scotland.
This includes payments:
- for funerals
- to support people with children, pregnant people and young people providing care
What happens next
Your report will be anonymous. You do not provide any of your own personal details when reporting suspected fraud.
After you have completed the report, we will then review the information you provide.
We cannot tell you the outcome of any fraud investigation because of privacy reasons.
Other ways you can report fraud to us
You can report fraud by calling us free on 0800 158 2071 or by post.
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