Fraud control in emergency management: COVID-19 UK Government guidance

This guidance is for leaders and fraud experts in government bodies and local authorities that are administering emergency programmes on behalf of the UK Government.

The UK Government is responding with measures to mitigate the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, fraudsters will try to take advantage of these emergency measures.

Government is committed to understanding these risks and taking action to reduce them, whilst dealing with the fraud that occurs where it can.

The fraud threat posed during emergency situations is higher than at other times, and all public bodies should be attuned to the risks facing their organisations and the public sector. Public bodies can reduce the threat of widespread fraud by integrating low-friction controls into payments where possible, and carrying out post-event assurance work.