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Report benefit fraud in Scotland

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
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 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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