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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Social media users who receive Universal Credit or benefits can have their accounts monitored at any time, it has been reported. It is thought around 20 million people in the UK are currently claiming benefits -which is rising due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, most people don't realise the Social Security Administration Act gives the authorities to collect information on claimants, reports the Manchester Evening News. This is to allow them to investigate something, usually when it is thought a fraud has been committed. BerkshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the BerkshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply press here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. It is important to stress not all of the frauds are deliberate. For example, someone failing to disclose they've moved house or changed bank accounts could be entirely innocent. The DWP’s definition of benefit fraud is when“someone obtains state benefit they are not entitled to or deliberately fails to report a change in their personal circumstances.” The Daily Record reports the most common form of benefit fraud is when a person receives unemployment benefits while working. Another is a person claiming they live alone, but are financially supported by a partner or spouse. Another is when people receiving benefits claim that they live alone, but are actually financially supported by a partner or spouse. Failing to let the authorities know about a 'change of circumstances, for example a partner moving in, or moving house, or that a relative has died, can also be classed as 'fraud by omission.' Failing to inform the state about a 'change of circumstances', for example, that your partner is now living with you, or that you have moved house, or that a relative has died and left you some money may also be classed as fraud by omission. Common examples of benefits fraud Faking an illness or injury to get unemployment or disability benefits Failing to report income from a business or employment to make income seem lower than it actually is Living with someone who contributes to the household income without declaring that income to the authorities Falsifying accounts to make it seem like a person has less money than they say they do In each circumstance, the DWP must provide evidence that shows that someone is receiving a benefit that they would not ordinarily be entitled to.
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. Claimants won’t know the exact details of an investigation against them until they are told about it afterwards - which may be in court. The DWP both acts on reports from the public and has its own sophisticated means of detecting when fraud might be happening.
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What this means is that anyone receiving benefits from the DWP could be investigated at any time. The DWP does have to tell a person an investigation is taken place, either by phone, writing, or email. It's usually done through the post. Claimants will be told whether they are to be visited by a Fraud Investigation Officer (FIO), or whether they are required to have an interview. Many tip-offs and reports turn out to be false, so the DWP wants to make sure that it does do not waste their time on a pointless investigation. As soon as there is enough evidence of potential fraud, the DWP will launch an official investigation and notify the claimant. DWP investigators are allowed to gather many types of evidence against a potentially fraudulent claimant. Most common types of evidence Inspector reports from surveillance activities Photographs or videos Audio recordings Correspondence Financial data, including bank statements Interviews with you or people you know Any evidence submitted by those who reported you
A common form of fraud is falsely reporting or failing to report income. For example, if a claimant is receiving unemployment benefits but are seen in a workplace, the DWP may talk to the owner or manager of that business to find out why the person was there, what work was being done and how much was being paid. The investigators may also check claimants' social media profiles. They can look for pictures, location check-ins and other evidence. Social media leaves a trail of people's life and habits, which allows the investigators to piece together a picture of their life. If it's not consistent with details of that person's claim for benefits, that evidence can be used against them.
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