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Report benefit fraud in Scotland

This page tells you how to report suspected fraud for Social Security Scotland benefits.

Find out which benefits Social Security Scotland provides.

For any other benefits, visit the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) website.

About benefit fraud

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
  • accidentally provides the wrong information

Report suspected fraud to Social Security Scotland

You can report suspected fraud to Social Security Scotland:

  • online
  • by phone
  • by post

If you think someone has used your identity to apply for a benefit, report this by phone or post. Do not use the online form.


You can report suspected benefit fraud in Scotland online. 

Start your report


Call free on 0800 158 2071

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm


Social Security Scotland
PO Box 10299

What happens next

Your report will be anonymous. You do not provide any of your own personal details when reporting suspected fraud.

Social Security Scotland will review the information you provide. They cannot tell you the outcome of any investigation due to privacy reasons.

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