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Reporting benefit theft

Benefit fraud costs the Northern Ireland taxpayer millions of pounds every year. If you think someone is committing benefit fraud, you can report them and stop them taking money from the people who need it most.

Information you will need to report benefit fraud

The law says there has to be a good reason for investigating someone for benefit fraud – so you will need to give as much of the following information as possible.

  • The name and address of the person you are reporting and their partner, if they have one
  • A description of the person
  • The type of benefit fraud you think they are committing and why you suspect them
  • Information about their employer if you think they are working
  • Information about their vehicle, if they have one
  • Any other information that you may feel will aid the investigation

How to report benefit fraud

You can do this by one of three ways and you can provide us with this information anonymously if you prefer.

1. By calling the Benefit Fraud Hotline

Point of contactBenefit Fraud Hotline
Phone number  0800 9756 050
Text phone028 9055 6991
(for deaf and hard of hearing users only)
WebsiteReport a benefit thief online

Point of contactTax Credit Helpline
Phone number 0345 300 3900
Text phone0345 300 3909
(for deaf and hard of hearing users only)

2. By completing an Online form on the Department for Work and Pensions website:

3. By Post

If you would prefer to make your report in writing, you can send information to:

Single Investigation Service
Lesley Exchange 1
24 East Bridge Street

What happens when you report fraud?

Benefit fraud investigation staff will look at the information you give. If you have given enough information they will check the person’s benefit claim.

Any investigation might take some time, and benefit fraud investigation staff are not allowed to tell you the outcome.

Sometimes no action is taken. It might be that the person has declared the work when claiming and their benefit is not affected by it.

The outcome of Benefit fraud investigations can result in a criminal record and recovery of any benefit which could be by means of confiscation of assets to the value lost through fraud.