Herefordshire Council is encouraging local people to make themselves aware of the different types of fraud this Fraud Awareness Week
Herefordshire Council is encouraging local people to make themselves aware of the different types of fraud and the ways they can be combatted
Fraud is an act of intentional deception undertaken for personal gain, or to cause a loss to another party. Fraud costs companies, governments and individuals billions of pounds every year. It can destroy lives and weaken trust in public institutions.
Types of fraud the Council investigates include:
Council Tax fraud
- Business Rates fraud
- Grant Fraud
- Social Care fraud
- Schools and Education fraud
- Procurement fraud
- Insurance fraud (claims against the Council)
- Blue Badge fraud
The Council takes reports of fraud very seriously and monitors closely for any sign of potential fraud. But everybody has a part to play in helping to prevent fraud by making themselves aware of the different kinds of fraud, remaining vigilant and reporting suspected fraudulent activity.
People can find out more about fraud, and report suspected fraud on the new Counter Fraud Services webpage of the Council’s website.
Alternatively, referrals can be made by calling the fraud hotline on 01432 260698, or writing to us at Counter Fraud Department, Corporate Services, Plough Lane Offices, Hereford, HR4 0LE.
Any contact details provided will be held safely and treated in strict confidence, and you can request to remain anonymous within the fraud referral form.
International Fraud Awareness Week is organised by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as a worldwide prevention and awareness initiative to tackle the real issue of fraud. #fraudweek brings together thousands of organisations in November of each year to raise awareness of fraud in both workplaces and amongst local communities.
Find out more about fraud week: What is fraud week?