According to latest figures released by the Department of Social Protection, the number anonymous tip-offs regarding social welfare fraud have risen by more than 60% over the first six months of this year.
The latest report has found the Department received a total of 11,689 reports of fraud from the public, compared to 7,092 during the first six months of 2015.
The Department say most of the fraudulent claims were made against those receiving jobseeker’s allowance 3,078, whilst a further 2,012 claims were made against those receiving the one-parent family payment.
Meanwhile another 1,317 were filed against people fraudulently claiming social welfare assistance, whilst a further 1,438 reports were made against those collecting illness benefit.
The department say most of the reports were filed through their website, they also say that anyone who suspects someone of wrongfully claiming social welfare payments to report them immediately.