1 Jan 2018

The writing is on the wall (or the form)

Artificial intelligence will be used to clamp down on fraudsters claiming millions of pounds of bogus benefit payments.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said its new state-of-the-art algorithms can detect a number of identity cloning techniques which have been commonly used by organised criminal gangs committing mass-scale benefit fraud.

The DWP says it has extensively trialled the technology, which will scan across the benefit system, including Universal Credit, Jobseeker's Allowance and Personal Independent Payments.


What's interesting here is that the DWP is so concerned about "mass-scale benefit fraud" that it is taking special measures to address it.

We hear relatively little about "mass-scale benefit fraud". If this is actually effective, then, it should show up in the figures.

Here is the latest large scale benefit fraud noted on this blog.

A happy new year to all our readers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The self employed, especially taxi drivers declaring very low incomes so they qualify for Working Tax Credits.

Takeaway workers paid in cash and saying they work 24 hours per week to qualify for WTC, although most takeaways are open 7 days a week.

Not having a job but bogus payslips to claim tax credits and Housing Benefit.

Don't need to be in a gang to do this. Its a pattern I see everyday.