Reporting benefit fraud
When reporting potential benefit fraud, please give as much information as you can. Full details allows our Investigation Officers to access the information they need to pursue any action.
The information you provide will be taken in the strictest confidence.
What information do I need to provide?
The more information we have, the better. Here are a few pointers:
- Full name(s) and address(es) or person(s) alleged to be committing benefit fraud.
- Type of alleged benefit fraud being committed, including working and claiming, not declaring a partner living with them or another adult, not living at address or sub-letting, other monies coming in or bank accounts held, or property owned.
- Full description(s) of persons involved, including height, build, hair (colour, length and style), eye colour, tattoos, birthmarks, or other distinguishing features, and clothing they regularly wear (work uniform etc).
If someone is working and claiming, please provide:
- Full name and address of employer
- Length of employment
- Type of work done
- When they work and how long for
- How much they’re likely to earn
- Any use of company vehicles
If someone is not declaring a resident partner, please provide:
- Full name and description of alleged partner
- Date of birth or National Insurance number if known
- Length of occupation
- Details about partner’s employment or benefits
If someone is not living at an address, please provide:
- Length of time the property has been vacant
- Where the claimant lives
- Any other residents in the new location
- Anyone visiting the previous address
If someone is not declaring other capital owned, please provide:
- Type of capital do they have (bank accounts, house, unit trusts, stocks etc), where it’s held, and where any physical assets are located
- If any monies are outstanding on properties and how much they owe
- How long these have been held or owned
If someone is not declaring other income, please provide:
- What the income is, how much it is, how long they’ve been receiving it, and where it comes from.
If someone is not declaring other adults (not their partner) living with them, please provide:
- Full name(s), date(s) of birth, and National Insurance numbers of person(s)
- How long they’ve lived there for
- Whether they work or claim benefits, and how long they’ve done this for
- How they’re known to the benefit claimant
- Whether they pay rent or have another arrangement
If you know, or suspect a landlord to be involved in the alleged fraud, please provide as many details as you can to substantiate this.
Please provide the make (eg Ford), model (eg Mondeo), colour, and registration of vehicle being used. If a vehicle has signs, markings, or business details on it, please ensure these are also given.
Please confirm if any person involved in the allegation is known to be potentially violent. If you indicate that they are, evidence and examples should be provided.
How do I report suspected Benefit Fraud?
- By phone: Benefit Fraud Hotline Freephone – 0800 174553. All calls will be treated in complete confidence.
- By email: Benefit Fraud
- Or you can fill in this online form. A paper and accessible version is available too.
For more information on benefit fraud, you can visit the government website GOV.UK
If you wish to notify us in writing a downloadable form is available, which can be printed, completed and posted to Benefit Fraud, Ryedale District Council, Ryedale House, Malton, YO17 7HH.