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The DWP’s definition of benefits fraud is when “someone obtains a state benefit to which they are not entitled or deliberately fails to report a change in their personal circumstances.”

The most common form of benefit fraud is when a person receives unemployment benefits while working.

Other common types of benefit fraud are when a person pretends to live alone but receives financial assistance from their spouse or partner, fails to report a “change in circumstances”, fakes an illness or injury to obtain benefits from unemployment or disability, and falsifies accounts to make it look like someone has less money than they claim.

If the department opens a formal investigation against a person, they will be notified by letter, email or even telephone, however, this is usually done by post.

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