This page tells you how to report suspected fraud for Social Security Scotland benefits.
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:
- 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.
Select 'Start' to begin the form.
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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