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Jun 2022 | Fraud Prevention | Fraud

What is first party fraud?

First party fraud involves knowingly misrepresenting your identity or giving false information to get services and credit you might not otherwise be eligible for.

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CIFAS research shows that 1 in 13 Brits admitted to committing at least one form of first party fraud in 2021, with 16–34-year-olds the most likely to have done so.

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The most common types of first party fraud were falsely claiming an online delivery hadn’t arrived to obtain a refund, claiming a Single Person Discount on a council tax bill, and falsifying an insurance claim.

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Data from the National Fraud Database showed that first party fraud rose by 18% in the first nine months of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020.

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First party fraud is often seen as a “victimless” crime, but it has a knock-on impact on all our finances; from higher insurance premiums to bigger council tax bills.

Read our infographic to understand more about first party fraud