Reporting fraud and other economic crime

Fraud and other economic crimes – such as theft, bribery, corruption and money laundering – cost the UK taxpayer billions of pounds each year.

If you suspect someone is committing fraud, report it.

Benefit fraud

Benefit fraud cases are investigated by the government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Contact the DWP if you suspect someone is committing benefit fraud:

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) - benefit fraud

: 0800 854 440 - National Benefit Fraud helpline

GOV.UK: Report benefit fraud

Other types of fraud

There are several types of fraud and economic crime that affect council services. You should let us know if you suspect someone is committing any of the following:

  • housing tenancy fraud
  • council tax fraud
  • business rates fraud
  • Blue Badge fraud for disabled parking
  • social care fraud
  • insurance fraud
  • council employee and contractor fraud, bribery or corruption
  • money laundering

We take action against anyone who commits these types of crime against us.

Report anonymously

Report fraud – other than benefit fraud

Other contact methods

Write: Counter fraud and investigation, PO Box 1, Thurrock Council, New Road, Grays, RM17 6LT

Tel: 03000 999 111


Any report of fraud or economic crime against us will be taken extremely seriously.