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Benefit thieves going abroad

Itís not if we catch you, itís when

The British Government takes benefit theft seriously.  There is no hiding place for anyone who thinks they can get away with stealing taxpayers’ money because they are abroad.

Itís not if we catch you, itís when

We are:

  • Tracking down benefit thieves wherever they are
  • Working closely with authorities abroad to identify benefit fraudsters
  • Following up calls to our UK Benefit Fraud Hotline in Spain

It’s estimated that between April 2010 and March 2011, £79m was lost as a result of benefit fraud overpayments to British claimants who have not told us they are living or travelling abroad – that means British taxpayers are financing the fraudsters’ overseas lifestyle.

If you know anyone who is stealing benefits, we want to hear about them

Itís now easier than ever to report benefit thieves in Spain.

  • Call the UK Benefit Fraud Hotline in Spain on 900 554 440. Lines are open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Your call is free and confidential.
  • Or Report a benefit thief online

If your circumstances have changed

Remember – if you are in receipt of benefits, it’s an offence not to tell us if your circumstances change, for example:  

  • you are going or living abroad
  • you get married, or if you separate, divorce or are widowed
  • you start work, increase your earnings or your savings?

If you don’t tell us it could mean prosecution, imprisonment and even the confiscation of your home and possessions.
For more details visit the benefit theft website.