Benefit fraud is a criminal offence. It happens when a person knowingly makes a false statement or knowingly fails to report a change in circumstances with the intention of obtaining benefit to which he/she is not entitled.
It covers all benefits including Housing Benefit and Social Security Benefits e.g. Income Support, Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credits.
With effect from 01/07/15, The Moray Council will no longer be dealing with allegations of benefit fraud. The responsibility for this has been taken over by the Single Fraud Investigation Service within The Department for Work and Pensions.
To report Benefit Fraud you can:
- Call the National Benefit Fraud helpline – 0800 854 440 (textphone 0800 320 0512)
- Report online through the GOV.UK website
- Write to NBFH, PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP
Find out what information is needed in a Fraud Report.