Benefit fraud in this country costs the country an estimated £3.6 Billion a year. No small amount I’m sure you’ll agree. From a long and trusted relationship with local councils and DWP, cases related to injury and benefit fraud are not new to us. We have completed many successful operations geared towards finding out the truth regarding claimants’ ailments and working arrangements that have always highlighted the truth. One case regarding a disability benefit claimant was particularly shocking.
One way we can assist private companies is by gathering information about employee-related issues, such as injury claims, long-term sickness and moonlighting.
We were contacted by the family of a wealthy woman as they were concerned she had been duped by an online scammer, we spoke to them and eventually they managed to convince the woman to come and meet with us face to face. We deal with cases of this nature on a daily basis so there are key indicators we know to look out for and after some time speaking with her we were positive that the woman had been scammed. The woman herself was a very well educated professional and accepting the fact that somebody has manipulated through a website or online chat was a difficult truth to hear. The man had taken on a false identity and through a series of lucrative lies, convinced her that he was a multi-millionaire but his were tied up in property and oil deals that were yet to come to fruition. We analysed the photographs and documents he had sent over the course of their relationship and were able to identify where details had been changed and they had been edited. On this particular occasion the funds were not recovered however we were able to prevent the woman from incurring further loss and make her aware that that the man she thought she was in love with was actually only interested in her money.
A polish company contacted us when they discovered they had been defrauded by a company based in the UK. They had received an email expressing interest in their products so they sent across their product catalogues and began negotiations, they discussed opening a line of credit. Normally they would require the client to build credit through a series of smaller and successful orders but due to the size of the potential deal they made an exception and agreed to a credit limit of £100,000, a deal that wouldn’t turn out as fruitful as initially promised.