Benefit fraud

Last updated: 31 July 2020

Benefit fraud means you've applied for, or are getting, a benefit you know you're not due. This happens if you:

  • give false details
  • do not tell Social Security Scotland, HMRC, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), or, for some benefits, local councils, when something changes that affects the amount of benefits you should be paid

Making an honest mistake when you apply for a benefit is not the same as fraud.

If you want to report benefit fraud

You can report someone if you think they're being paid benefits they should not get. We'll make sure we look into all the details that you give.

When you report fraud you do not have to give your name.

Who you need to report fraud to

Who you need to report fraud to depends on the benefit involved.

Benefits paid by Social Security Scotland

This includes Best Start Grant, Best Start Foods, Young Carer Grant and the Funeral Support Payment.

You can report fraud by calling 0800 158 2071. Social Security Scotland do not record calls to this number.

You can also write to Social Security Scotland at:

Social Security Scotland
PO Box 10299

If you're unsure who to report fraud to, you can contact Social Security Scotland or DWP and they can share your report for you.

If you want to report fraud on a UK-wide benefit

UK-wide benefits include:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Tax Credits
  • DWP benefits, such as Universal Credit and disability benefits

You can report fraud:

  • by calling the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440
  • on GOV.UK