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Benefit thieves

​What is benefit theft?

Benefit theft is:

  • deliberately failing to report a change in your circumstances (if you claim benefits)
  • being dishonest in order to get benefits 
  • knowingly withholding information

This includes deliberately not telling us:

  • that you're now living with a partner
  • that you've started work, or about any earnings
  • that you've inherited money
  • that you're living away from Jersey or have changed address
  • about any savings or not telling us the right amount of savings 
  • about children who have left home

If your circumstances change, tell us straightaway.​

Consequences of claiming benefits you're not entitled to

If you'​ve been claiming benefi​ts you're not entitled to, you could face:

  • having to pay all the money back
  • ​criminal prosecution 
  • having a bad credit record
  • having your benefit stopped or reduced​

Report a benefit thief

If you know someone who is wrongly claiming benefit, call +44 (0) 800 7351111.

Your call is free and confidential. Lines are open 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also report a benefit thief online.

Report a benefit thief​​

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