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MetiNews.Com - Social media can help the DWP piece together a picture of what that person’s life actually looks like

Liverpool news DWP warning to anyone claiming benefits that use social media MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Social media can help the DWP piece together a picture of what that person’s life actually looks like

Liverpool news  DWP warning to anyone claiming benefits that use social media MetiNews.Com
09 April 2021 - 06:30

Breaking News ! State benefit claimants could have their bank account and social media activity monitored at any time by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). As more people across the UK request benefits, it's important to be aware that authorities have the power to collect information on claimants, under the Social Security Administration Act. If they have reason to believe that someone is attempting to defraud the system, the DWP will investigate. As part of the investigations, the DWP may check your social media accounts and search your online profiles for pictures, location check-ins, and other evidence which may or may not be useful to them. Investigators can often piece together a picture of what that person’s life actually looks like, as those who use social media a lot will leave a trail of their life and habits. However, it's important to stress that not all 'frauds' are deliberate - not reporting a change in circumstances such as a move to a different address, or a switch in bank accounts may appear outwardly innocent, but to investigators could signify something else, reports the Daily Record. 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 most common form of benefit fraud is when a person receives unemployment benefits, while working. Another is when people receiving benefits claim that they live alone, but are actually financially supported by a partner or spouse. 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, leaving you some money may also be classed as fraud by omission. Being accused of fraud by the DWP can be stressful enough, but the thought of being investigated by officials without really knowing why can lead to excessive worry. Many investigators wear plain clothes and can show up at your home or work at any time, which could be frightening. But having some knowledge about DWP investigations can make all the difference, enabling you to live your life as normally as possible while an investigation is underway. Usually, benefits-related fraud occurs where someone has claimed benefits to which they were not entitled on purpose. 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 will need evidence that shows that someone is receiving a benefit that they would not ordinarily be entitled to. Fraud investigators have a wide range of powers that enables them to gather evidence in a number of ways, including surveillance, interviews, and document tracing. Unfortunately, you won’t know the exact details of an investigation against you until you are told about it afterwards - which may be in court if you are charged with an offence. While the DWP does act on reports from the public, it also has its own sophisticated means of detecting when fraudulent activity might be taking place. Which means anyone receiving benefits from the DWP could be investigated at any time. However, if the DWP is going to start a formal investigation against you, they will notify you either in writing, by telephone, or email - this is typically done through the post.

. In the early stages of an investigation, you may not be told that one is underway until the DWP has assessed whether there is good reason to formally investigate a potential case of fraud. Many tip-offs and reports turn out to be false, so the DWP wants to make sure that they 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 you. 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 One common form of benefit fraud is falsely reporting income, or failure to report it altogether. If you’re claiming unemployment benefits but are seen to attend a workplace, the DWP may talk to the owner or manager of that business to find out exactly why you are there, what work you are doing and how much you are being paid. Get a Liverpool Echo newsletter today The Liverpool Echo sends newsletters on a wide range of topics - including our daily news bulletin, now going out three times a day. There are others on what's on, politics, court news, Knowsley, Wirral, and arts & culture, as well as both Liverpool FC and Everton FC. Signing up is free and it only takes a minute for you to get the biggest stories, sent straight to your inbox. How to sign up for an Echo Email Update 1) Go to our dedicated newsletter page at this link. 2) Put your email in the box where indicated 3) Tick as many boxes as you like, for each newsletter you want. 4) Press Save changes and that's it! Investigators may also check your social media accounts and search your online profiles for pictures, location check-ins, and other evidence which may or may not be useful to them. Those who use social media a lot will leave a trail of their life and habits, often allowing investigators to piece together a picture of what that person’s life actually looks like. If this is not consistent with the details of that person’s claim for benefits, that evidence may end up being used against them. What if I am falsely reported to the DWP? False reports of benefit fraud are common in the UK, with some studies indicating there are around 140,000 made each year. Until the DWP determines that there is no case against you, there is little you can do. Co-operate as best as you can and remember that those found to have reported falsely through malicious reasons may end up being prosecuted. If you are concerned about a current or future DWP investigation against you or someone you care about, seeking advice from a legal expert could help.

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