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Payment fraud

Payment fraud is any fraud that involves falsely creating or diverting payments.

Payment fraud can include:

  • creating bogus customer records and bank accounts so that false payments can be generated
  • intercepting and altering payee details and amounts on cheques and Payable Orders, then attempting to cash them
  • creating false payment and financial information to support fraudulent claims for benefits
  • processing false claims by accomplices for benefits, grants or repayments
  • self authorising payments to oneself.

How to report it

If Fraud has been committed report it to Action Fraud. For more advice and to raise any concerns, contact the Office of the Public Guardian.

See also:
Cheque fraud
Benefit fraud
Procurement fraud

Source - Action Fraud

Date Published: Aug 26, 2021

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person.

Advance fee fraud

Advance fee fraud is when fraudsters target victims to make advance or upfront payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that do not materialise.

Corporate fraud

Corporate fraud can be any fraud committed against a business.

Individual fraud

Individual fraud could be any fraud that targets a person directly. Individual frauds can differ from frauds affecting businesses and other organisations.

Online fraud

Some fraudsters rely on the internet to commit their crimes. Learn about some different types of internet frauds that and how to protect yourself and get safe online.

Identity fraud and identity theft

Identity theft is when your personal details are stolen and identity fraud is when those details are used to commit fraud.
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