Report suspected fraud

Fraud relating to Herefordshire Council services

If you are concerned about fraud or corruption relating to Herefordshire Council services, you can report your suspicions directly to us:

Complete our online form to report fraud    


  • Call the fraud hotline on 01432 260698
  • Write to us at: Counter Fraud Department, Corporate Services, Plough Lane Offices, Hereford, HR4 0LE

Your referral will be taken in complete confidence and any personal information provided will be treated as strictly confidential.

Please provide us with as much detail as possible so that we can investigate the matter effectively. Where a referral does not provide us with enough detailed information about the matter, it may not be possible to investigate.

You can report fraud anonymously. However, in most cases it would help us if you leave your contact details, so that we can contact you for further information should we need it.

How we deal with fraud reports

We treat all reports of alleged fraud very seriously and they will be investigated by our Counter Fraud Service. What action we take will depend on the legislation relating to the service or area in which the fraud is committed. 

Any individual that intentionally and dishonestly provides false information, may be investigated in line with the Fraud Act 2006 and other relevant legislation. We may also pursue prosecution under Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972, or work alongside the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Other fraud

If your concern is not in relation to Herefordshire Council services, or associated third parties directly associated with the authority, report your concern through Action Fraud. 

You can: