One of the most effective ways in reporting welfare fraud is to contact your nearest welfare agency. Depending on the state, there may even be a hot line where you can call and report it (you may also choose to do this anonymously). It is important to know the facts (i.e. person’s full name, when the fraud started happening, place of residence, place of employment, etc.) before you report the person(s) to fraud investigators.
Many states even have their own units or Department of Social Services that contain fraud investigators that they can utilize. Federal fraud investigations can be conducted by the FBI, however, not every case of welfare fraud will require FBI involvement. The United Council on Welfare Fraud will also accept reports of suspected welfare fraud. They also have their own team of investigators to conduct a fraud investigation. The United Council on Welfare Fraud is also made up of law enforcement officials that can assist in the fraud investigation process.
The Health of Human Services Committee can also: monitor payments of welfare checks in an effort to prevent welfare fraud, develop a reporting system to help minimize welfare fraud, help to create new ways of preventing welfare fraud, access information from the Department of Social Services, and to determine how much taxpayers pay toward welfare. In most cases of welfare fraud, detection is first determined by a district attorney and the Department of Social Services.