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The Shared Anti-Fraud Service (SAFS)

SAFS is a partnership of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire councils. We use shared intelligence to target fraudulent activity across the county.

We provide a fraud prevention and investigation service for our partners.

 

We investigate fraud relating to:

 

We also offer our partners:

  • ID and document verification
  • fraud awareness training
  • partnership working to improve data sharing.

 

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SAFS partners: Aldwyck Housing Group, B3 Living, Broxbourne Borough Council, East Herts Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, Luton Borough Council, North Herts District Council and Stevenage Borough Council.

Know a cheat on your street?

We need your help to report those committing blue badge, council tax and tenancy fraud.

 

Why report fraud?

Blue badge, council tax and tenancy fraud costs Hertfordshire taxpayers over £7.5 million a year - money that should be used to improve your community.

You can report fraud anonymously and we'll treat it in the strictest confidence.

Blue badge fraud

Blue badge fraud, such as altering a badge or using someone else's, costs Hertfordshire taxpayers around £100,000 a year (based on 2014 figures).

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.

Report blue badge fraud

Council tax fraud

Council tax fraud costs Hertfordshire taxpayers £1.2 million a year (based on 2014 figures). It includes:

  • Claiming false discounts or exemptions
  • Falsely claiming you're a student or you're living alone.

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.

Report council tax fraud

Tenancy fraud

Tenancy fraud costs Hertfordshire taxpayers £6.5 million a year (based on 2014 figures). It includes:

  • sub-letting a council house
  • not living in a council house and leaving it empty
  • making a fraudulent Right to Buy application
  • providing false or misleading information to get a council house.

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.

Report tenancy fraud

School admissions applications fraud

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 admission application fraud, call our fraud hotline on 0300 123 4033 or report it online.

Report school admission application fraud

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But, doing this may stop you from using some of the online features and services on this website. 

Cookies we use

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Required functionality cookies – these cookies are essential for the website to work.

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Required functionality

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Just for the time you are on our website.

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Required functionality

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Just for the time you are on our website.

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Required functionality

To track the effectiveness of our website using Google Analytics. 

2 years

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1 month

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Just for the time you are on our website or 30 days (you choose this).

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There are links and content from other sites and services on our website. These sites and services set their own cookies.

Below are a list of cookies that the other sites and services use:

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Google analytics (_utma/b/c/z)

These are used to compile reports for us on how people use this site.

Cookies of the same names are also used for the same purpose by other websites such as Building FuturesCountryside Management Service and Hertfordshire LIS.

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It expires at the end of your browser session.

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