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Report a fraud

Fraud is a crime and we need your help to find the people who are cheating the system. It costs taxpayers millions of pounds every year. If you think someone is committing fraud, please report this.

Report Council Tax Support fraud

Failing to declare your true circumstances such as income, savings or number of adults in a household is an example of a type of fraud.

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Report Council Tax fraud

Claiming a single person discount when other adults live in the property, claiming the property is occupied when its empty and claiming a student exemption when other adults who aren’t students are living at the property is an example of a type of fraud

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Report Blue Badge fraud

Using a blue badge when the blue badge holder is not present , using a deceased persons blue badge and providing false information about a disability to claim a blue badge is an example of a type of fraud.

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Report Business Rates fraud

Providing false information to receive relief on a business rates bill and providing a false lease for business rates purposes is an example of a type of fraud.

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Report Adult Care fraud    

Claiming money for care that is not needed, keeping money which is meant to pay for an employed carer and failing to declare true circumstances such as income and savings is an example of a type of fraud.

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Report tenancy fraud

The tenant has left their social housing property and it's empty and the tenant has sublet their social housing property is an example of a type of fraud.

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Report coronavirus (COVID-19) business grants fraud

Claiming a business grant when you're not entitled to it is an example of a type of fraud. When reporting fraud please try to give the following information:

  • Business name and address
  • The date you think the business was trading from
  • Why you don't believe they're entitled to the business grant such as they were trading when they should have been closed.
Email to report coronavirus business grants fraud

Housing Benefit fraud

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for Housing Benefit fraud. If you think someone is committing Housing Benefit fraud report this on GOV.UK.

Report Housing Benefit fraud on GOV.UK

Scams including coronavirus scams and fraud

Scams can come in many different disguises, so it’s important to know the warning signs to look out for and what to do if you have or think you've been targeted.

More about scams

How do we stop fraud?

We have trained officers with many years of experience. We take all allegations of fraud seriously and look into every allegation received.

To prevent fraud some of the work we do includes:

  • Working jointly with investigators and enforcement officers from other functions across the council, Greater Manchester Police and other organisations. Sharing knowledge, skills and powers to support joint investigations and prosecutions.
  • Checking all the information that the customer has supplied..
  • Potentially sharing the information given to support a claim with other agencies such as the Cabinet Office, HM Revenue and Customs.
  • Prosecuting offenders and recovering overpayments.
  • Looking into all suspicious claims.

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01706 926100

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.

Counter Fraud Team
Floor 2
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU