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Five ways to help spot – and stop – fraud

Fraud costs the public sector billions of pounds each year, taking vital funding away from public services. The good news is that we all have the power to help fight fraud and protect our local resources. This Fraud Awareness Week, here are some common types of fraud and the ways you can spot a fraudster in action – and stop them in their tracks.

1. Council Tax Fraud. Do you know someone who is claiming Council Tax Support on the basis they are a single person but are living with a partner? Or do you know someone who has failed to declare their income?

2. Accidents. Do you know someone who has claimed to have had an accident, e.g. tripped over the pavement, when you know this wasn’t the case?

3. Blue Badge. Is someone you know using a Blue Badge to park illegally?

4. Funding or payments. An individual, community group or non-profit organisation may be using funding or payments for something other than its intended purpose.

5. False invoices. Do you know of an individual or organisation who has submitted false invoices to the council for goods, work or services?

If you’re aware that these common types of fraud are happening, please let Wirral Council’s Anti-Fraud team know about it. Your report will be treated in the strictest confidence and can be given anonymously.

If you suspect fraud

  • call the team anonymously and for free on 0800 731 5783,
  • send a text starting with 'fraud' to 07786 202 304
  • report it online at www.wirral.gov.uk/fraud