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Fraud means intentionally giving wrong information or not telling the Department for Work and Pensions or board something because you know, or should suspect, that you will be better off as a result.  Some cases of Benefit theft includes deliberately not telling the DWP are when ” you are now living with a partner, about any savings or not telling us the right amount and you have inherited money. In a recent news of theguardian, many councils using controversial lie detector tests to catch benefit fraudsters . Read the article below.


More than 20 councils have used or plan to use controversial lie detector tests to catch fraudulent benefits claimants, even though the government has dropped the technology having found it unreliable.

Responding to freedom of information (FOI) requests, 24 local authorities confirmed they had employed or were considering the use of “voice risk analysis” (VRA) software, which its makers say can pick out fraudulent claimants by listening in on calls and identifying signs of stress.

Although in 2010 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced it had given up using VRA software, the FOI responses show some councils have been spending millions of pounds on it.

Local authorities have continued to use the system to check whether people are honestly claiming the single person council tax discount, which allows single adults to pay 75% of the amount levied on a family.

Tory-controlled Derbyshire Dales said it had taken part in a county-wide review of council tax in 2011 that had used the technology – a contract worth £280,000 to Capita.

The same company was hired by Labour-run Southwark in south London and was paid £2.5m over three years. IttThe council says VRA technology “was used as one tool to assist in determining the customers’ eligibility for the discount”.

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14 Responses to theguardian: Controversial lie detector tests to catch benefit fraudsters

  1. I find it amazing that people lie, cheat and steal. Yes, I know I sound naive but it is just not my style and I am too trusting. If something is controversial, it might not be the best resource to use.

  2. CouponDIva says:

    amazing how the technology has developed these days….. 😀

  3. Salma says:

    I’ve always been a bit fascinated with how lie detectors work 🙂

  4. Laurel Regan says:

    Interesting info – thanks for sharing!

  5. I have always been fascinated with lie detectors and how they actually work!

  6. Scott says:

    I’m sure someday there will be better technology for this (live brain scans?), but until then at least we have this.

  7. Gina says:

    I always wondered how you can fail a lie detector.

  8. Angelica says:

    I would be concerned that is unreliable. Especially when were talking about facing charges.

  9. Sam says:

    I heard lie detectors are only about 70% correct

  10. Jessica says:

    I imagine that lie detector results can only be admissable in court if there is other evidence to support the claim. I would love to see one working in real life.

  11. Says the lady who returned $200 to the bank against ex-husband’s wishes, I think fraud needs to be caught. Better to be proven innocent than let the guilty get away with awful things. My CC has been fraudulently used twice this year! A family member has used our CC to buy stuff w/o our knowledge. It’s only going to stop if they get caught! There are also forensics that can help. My husband took forensic accounting in his masters program.

  12. Michelle says:

    Nice info…have great interest about how lie detector works,thanks for sharing this.

  13. I love seeing people take the lie detector tests as i watch them squirm while they take it.

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