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How to become a benefit fraud investigator

Updated April 17, 2017

Benefit fraud occurs when people lie in order to obtain benefits they would otherwise not be entitled to receive. Examples include underreporting income on tax documents in order to be taxed at a lower rate, using false information to receive welfare benefits and accepting unemployment benefits by false pretences. Unfortunately, benefit fraud is a growing problem, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars each year. Therefore, more investigators are becoming necessary to detect, investigate and help prosecute those responsible for fraudulent acts.

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  1. Get a degree; study criminal justice, law or psychology. Some of the best investigators have backgrounds in these fields.

  2. Study a second language---a great benefit to working in this field because it allows the investigator to have the ability to communicate with a broader range of people without the use of an interpreter.

  3. Obtain experience in a related field such as criminal justice or benefit administration. This experience candidates to obtain and develop skills and knowledge attractive to interviewers responsible for hiring benefit fraud investigators.

  4. Develop advanced interviewing and writing skills. Benefit fraud investigator positions may involve interviewing witnesses and suspects as well as filling out related reports. Join organisations that help fine-tune public speaking skills, and seek out opportunities to develop writing skills, both of which will translate well into benefit fraud investigation.

  5. Search career and government websites for benefit fraud investigator positions. The application process and requirements required for positions will vary depending on the hiring organisation and the skill level needed. Supply all of the information needed to obtain an interview and eventually the position.

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About the Author

Theresa Smith began writing in 1998, working on material for employee-assistance programs. She has experience as a counselor and criminal law paralegal. She contributes to eHow, focusing on mental health and legal topics. Smith has a Bachelor of Science in business from Chicago State University and is pursuing a Master of Science in clinical psychology from Columbia Southern University.

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