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 inform Social Security Scotland about changes to their situation affecting the amount they're paid
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 completes an application incorrectly, or, they accidentally provide the wrong information.
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 to support:
- people with disabilities, or people with children with disabilities
- pregnant people, people with children under the age of 6, and young people providing care
- support young people starting a job
For any other payments
If the payment you're reporting is not from Social Security Scotland, report it to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in one of the following ways:
Phone: 0800 854 440
Textphone: 0800 328 0512
National Benefit Fraud Hotline
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If you think someone has used your identity to apply for a benefit, do not use the online form to tell us about this. Instead, report this to us by calling our freephone number 0800 158 2071.
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 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 using the address below:
Social Security Scotland
PO Box 10299
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