Reporting Public Assistance Fraud
To ensure benefits go to San Diegans in need, the Bureau of Public Assistance Investigations (BPAI) mission is to identify and eliminate fraud in public assistance programs, such as cash assistance, food stamps, and childcare.
Report fraud by clicking the button below:
We also have a toll-free number available 24/7 with multi-lingual services to receive reports of suspected fraud. Callers may remain anonymous.
Due to State law related to confidentiality issues, we are unable to provide the public follow-up information regarding suspected fraud.
Fraud Hotline: 800-421-2252
What information do I need to report fraud?
The following information is helpful to our investigators when reporting fraud:
- What is the full name of the person(s)?
- What is the person's current address?
- How are they committing public assistance fraud?
If they are working and not reporting it, please tell us where they are working.
- May we contact you? If so, what is your name and phone number?
What are the most common types of public assistance fraud?
- Unreported parent in the home
- Unreported income
- Ineligible child(ren)
- Child(ren) not living in the home
What programs are investigated?
You can call 800-421-2252 or e-mail PaFraud@sdcounty.ca.gov to report fraud about CalWORKs, CalFresh, Child Care, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), General Relief, and Housing.
How do I report fraud outside San Diego County?
Contact the California Department of Social Services Public Assistance Fraud Hotline at 800-344-8477 or by e-mail at FraudHotline@dss.ca.gov.