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Reporting Benefit Fraud

Reporting benefit fraud

There are several ways you can tell us about suspected benefit fraud:
  • Ring our freephone fraud hotline on 0800 915 6661
  • E-mail – use the contact us form link on this page
  • Write to us at the Investigation Unit, Selectapost 3, Civic Hall, Leeds LS1 1JF.

You can do this anonymously or if you give us your name and address we will keep this confidential. There are experienced trained officers who can provide you with advice if you are unsure about whether to report a suspected case of fraud.

It is important to supply as much information as possible as this helps us gather enough evidence to successfully prosecute an offender.

Please note we are not able to provide updates on individual cases due to the Data Protection Act (1998) and the Human Rights Act (1998).


Why it is important to report benefit fraud

Benefit fraud is a serious problem, with benefit thieves stealing millions of pounds from UK taxpayers, preventing this money being used for people in real need.

In Leeds the council’s Benefit Fraud Team and the Department for Works and Pension’s (DWP) Benefit Fraud Team have joined forces to tackle this crime.

If you suspect that someone is committing fraud by either claiming benefit or support they are not entitled to or someone is helping them to do so, we will investigate with a view to prosecution.

For further information about what we can all do to help prevent benefit fraud and its cost to society, visit the DWP Benefit Fraud website and the National Anti-Fraud Network website. Please follow the External links on this page.


Together we can stop the benefit thieves from picking the pockets of law-abiding taxpayers.
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