Fraud news

Be alert to vaccine fraud

We’re supporting a campaign by the Government Counter Fraud Profession and NHS Counter Fraud Authority to combat so-called vaccine fraud.

Covid-19 vaccination programmes have opened up new opportunities for fraudsters. People have received text messages and phone calls appearing to come from the NHS, letting them know they’re eligible for the vaccine.

Beware of scammers: NHS fraud poster on Covid 19 vaccine fraud - click to open PDF

Business rates fraud - IFAW 2020

What is business rates fraud?

Business rates fraud – also called non-domestic rate (NDR) fraud – is when businesses attempt to gain relief or exemptions from business rates that they’re not entitled to.

Rates are worked out based on the ‘rateable value’ which is set by the Valuation Office Agency. There are many reliefs and exemptions available, including small business rates relief, which means businesses under a certain+ rateable value pay no business rates.

Social care fraud - IFAW 2020

Social care fraud isn’t the type of crime that springs to mind when the word ‘fraud’ is mentioned, but it’s one of the fastest growing risks to the public purse.

Fraud in adult social care has gained more traction in recent years. However it’s still a relatively unexplored area. Knowledge within the public sector is on the increase and several high profile prosecutions have helped to raise awareness, but there is more work to be done.

Fraud team shortlisted for national award

We're pleased to announce that our counter fraud team has been shortlisted for a Tackling Economic Crime Award (TECA) for the second year in a row!

Sponsored by Cifas, the UK’s leader in fraud prevention, the awards recognise those working to combat economic crime and provide an opportunity for outstanding performers in the field to be recognised. We are proud to be nominated alongside teams from Trading Standards, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority and HMRC.

Phishing and its risks - cyber security month

This Cyber Security Awareness Month, we're looking into some key cyber risks affecting local government in 2020.

What is phishing?

Phishing is when cybercriminals attempt to trick you into giving away information. This usually occurs via email but can also be received on a text message, by phone, letter, or through social media. The information they ask for might let them gain access to bank accounts, install malware, or steal data.

Micro grants scheme: using data analytics to find fraud and error

Our data analyst Ben completed some work a couple of weeks ago for one of Veritau’s council clients.

The project involved finding fraud and error in the micro grants scheme, which makes grants of up to £1,000 available to businesses who are not eligible for other Covid-19 business support. Micro grants allow these businesses to adapt to current circumstances, eg installing remote working equipment.

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