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Fraud costs local tax payers millions of pounds each year. This prevents public money from going to the places that need it most and improving your community.
According to the latest government figures, fraud is increasing. We need your help to tackle this.
You can report fraud anonymously and we'll treat it in the strictest confidence.
Find out what new scams to look out for, how to avoid them and how to report them.
According to national reports, the main areas at risk of fraud are:
Blue badge fraudster prosecuted - Hertsmere Borough Council
Beware of covid pass fraud
SAFS is a partnership of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire councils:
The Shared Anti Fraud Service (SAFS) working in partnership with Councils across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are highlighting their efforts to combat fraud and make it easier for both staff and public to report criminal behaviour.
The service provides a fraud prevention and investigation service to its partner’s organisations across all the services they provide.
Blue badge fraud, such as altering a badge or using someone else's, costs around £46 million a year nationally.
If you suspect that someone in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire is fraudulently using a blue badge, call our fraud hotline on 0300 123 4033 or report it online.
Two drivers who misused blue badges in Hertsmere fined
Woman who used her mum's disabled blue badge in Bishop's Stortford must pay £806
Review leads to Blue Badge theft and misues crackdown program by the local government
Housing fraud costs the tax payer around £1.8 million a year nationally. It includes:
This deprives people in genuine need of affordable homes.
If you suspect that someone in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire is committing tenancy fraud, call our fraud hotline on 0300 123 4033 or report it online.
Person pleads guilty to defrauding Broxbourne and Harlow councils
Council tax fraud costs around £60 million a year nationally. It includes:
If you suspect that someone in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire is committing council tax fraud, call our fraud hotline on 0300 123 4033 or report it online.
Be on the lookout for council tax refund/reduction scams trying to steal your bank details
Woman pleads guilty and has been given a suspended prison sentence for benefit fraud
A Woman fraudulently uses names of her former foster children to avoid paying £7,000 of pounds in council tax
Each year, we receive over 40,000 school applications - some of them are fraudulent.
Fraudulent applications take school places from local children.
If you suspect that someone is committing school admissions fraud, call our fraud hotline on 0300 123 4033 or report it online.
In 2016/17 £5.1 million of insurance fraud was identified in local government.
This includes false claims for:
If you suspect that someone is committing insurance fraud, call our fraud hotline on 0300 123 4033 or report it online.
News: Driver convicted for fraud after making false insurance claim over St Albans pothole
Hemel Hempstead fraudster convicted for making false insurance claim to Hertfordshire County Council - HertsLive (hertfordshiremercury.co.uk)
Adult social care fraud is thought to be the highest risk of fraud, costing councils millions of pounds every year.
Examples of fraud include:
If you suspect that someone is committing adult social care fraud, call our fraud hotline on 0300 123 4033 or report it online.
News: Hemel man received a two-year suspended prison sentence for fraudulently claiming £75,000 worth of care payments for his wife
Procurement fraud is estimated to cost local councils millions of pounds each year and believed to be one of the top three fraud risk areas. Examples can include:
If you suspect that someone is committing procurement fraud, call our fraud hotline on 0300 123 4033 or report it online.
We take allegations of fraud against any council service seriously because it means there is less money to spend on essential services that affect the whole community. This includes fraud types such as:
If you suspect that someone is committing any fraud against the Council, call our fraud hotline on 0300 123 4033 or report it online.
Man jailed after defrauding Luton Borough Council
Former Luton Council employee convicted for fraud
For benefit fraud, like housing benefit, income support or disability benefits, report it to the Department for Work and Pensions.
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