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Report Welfare Fraud in Washington State

The Office of Fraud Accountability (OFA) is concerned about child and adult abuse or neglect. If you need to report either of these issues, PLEASE call 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276)(DSHS Referral Line).
Do you know of someone committing Welfare Fraud in the state of Washington? We want to hear from you!

The Department of Social and Health Services is strongly committed to identifying and eliminating fraud against DSHS and its programs.

If you suspect or have knowledge of Welfare fraud, you can report it to us by using one of the following methods:

  • Completing and submitting the Online Complaint Form below
  • Calling the Welfare Fraud Hotline at 1-800-562-6906
  • Faxing your written complaint to Attention Hotline at 360-664-0032
  • Or, mailing your written complaint to:

Welfare Fraud Hotline
P.O. Box 45817
Olympia, Washington 98504-5817

You can remain anonymous when reporting suspected fraud. If you choose to remain anonymous, please DO NOT provide your name or any other identifying information, as it may be subject to public disclosure.

If you DO NOT choose to remain anonymous, please provide us with the following information so one of our investigators may contact you if they need any additional information during the investigation:


Your name, address, phone #, and e-mail address (if available):


NOTE:  Because of strict confidentiality laws, we are NOT able to provide you with information regarding the outcome or specifics of an investigation per RCW 74.04.060

Please provide as much of the following information as possible about the person (client) you want to report:

Client's full name, alias names (AKA), address, and phone number:

Dates or approximate time-frame fraud occurred:


The following identifying information is useful in locating the client in the DSHS database. If we cannot locate the client, a report will not go out for investigation.

The following information is not required but could be helpful, especially if you are reporting someone with a common name. Please provide any information available to you:

Client's date(s) of birth or approximate age:


Client's Social Security Number(s):


Children's names, DOBs or approximate ages:


Name(s) and relationship of any other individual(s) involved in the fraud:


Please identify the fraud. Following is a list of possible welfare fraud situations and the information we ask you to provide. Please supply as much information as is available to you:

  • Pick all of the fraud situations that closely resemble the fraud you are wanting to report.
  • Please provide specific information in the space below the fraud.
Client is employed (provide name and phone # of employer):


Client has unreported income (provide name and phone # of person giving money):


Renter living in client's home (provide renter's name and rental amount paid each month):


Client owns real property (provide address and value of property):


Client owns unreported assets (provide license plate numbers of vehicles, boats, motor homes, etc.):


Client sold real or personal property (provide name and phone # of purchaser plus amount received):


Client purchased or sold a vehicle (provide license plate number, make, model, color, and year of vehicle, plus amount paid or received):


Client received a settlement (provide name and phone # of person or company paying):


Client received an inheritance (provide name of deceased plus the name and phone # of person handling the estate):


Client receives unreported child support (provide name of absent parent):


Unreported marriage (provide name of client's spouse, date of marriage, and state where marriage took place):


Absent parent living in the home (provide name of parent plus name and phone number of their employer):


Child out of the home (provide child's name plus name and phone # of where child lives):


Client is reporting an ineligible dependent or is reporting household composition inaccurately (provide names of persons living in the client's home):


Client living at a different address, in another state, or out of the country (provide address and phone # where client is living):


Client is receiving benefits under false or multiple names (provide other names, birthdates, and Social Security #s client is using):


Client has a felony drug conviction or is wanted (provide charges, locations, and dates):


Child care fraud (provide name and phone # of child care provider and describe the fraud):


Fraudulent use of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT/Quest) card (provide name of unauthorized user and describe the fraud):


Thank you. Please click the Submit Report button, and your report will be e-mailed to the Welfare Fraud Hotline. After submitting, you can click your browser's back button to return to this Web page.

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