Benefits fraud


Benefit Fraud investigations are now undertaken by the Department for Work and Pensions under the umbrella of the Single Fraud Investigation Service. However, the Council remain committed to supporting the Department for Work and Pensions and helping them tackle Welfare Benefit Fraud.

Typical examples of benefit fraud are:

  • People who work but do not declare this when they claim benefit.
  • People who claim as a single person but actually live with a partner.
  • People who claim from an address but do not live there.
  • People who do not tell us the full amount of income, savings or capital when they claim benefit or have changes during their claim.
  • People who use false identities or produce false documents.
  • People who have no liability to pay rent, but produce false tenancy agreements.

To report suspected Welfare Benefit Fraud, you can ring the Benefit Fraud Hotline Service on 0800 854 440 (this is a free phone number) all calls are treated in absolute confidence.

Online at:

By Post: NBFH, PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP

Using text- phone: 0800 328 0512

This page was last updated on 09 November 2016