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NET CLOSES IN ON BENEFIT CHEATS

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The latest hi-tech weapon in the war against benefit cheats has been launched by social security minister Jeff Rook...
The latest hi-tech weapon in the war against benefit cheats has been launched by social security minister Jeff Rooker.

From today people will be able to use the internet to report suspicions of fraud. Filling out a simple on-line form is all it takes.

As Mr Rooker logged on to the new internet reporting page he said, 'Fraudsters are stealing from us all - over£80 a year is lost to every household in this country as a direct result of people cheating the system.

'The public does not deserve to be ripped off by these criminals. The government is clamping down on them and the public is supporting us.

'Today we are giving the public another means of joining the fight against fraud. The internet page is easy to use and is strictly confidential. I am confident it will be put to good use by all the honest citizens who are fed-up with being taken for a ride by fraudsters.'

The internet reporting form can be found at the 'targeting fraud' website at www.targetingfraud.gov.uk.

People using the new internet service will be able to remain anonymous, and the information they submit using the form will remain confidential.

People who do not have access to the internet or who prefer to talk directly to staff will still be able to call the national benefit fraud hotline on 0800 854440.

NOTES

The national benefit fraud hotline was launched in 1996.

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