Belgium reports over 9,125 social media fraud cases, reveals data

Around 9,125 cases related to social media fraud have been reported to the government of Belgium’s Contact Point for Fair Competition, a tip-off service for social Fraud, as per the sources.

The citizens of the nation can immediately report the organization as well as the individuals under suspicion for a number of matters, including having failed to pay social contributions, taking advantage of the benefits systems of Belgium, exploiting workers or providing unsafe working environments, which are against Belgian law.

According to the officials, all the reports to the contact point have to be made disclosing the full name and information of the complainant. The government does not take anonymous complaints that are made against companies or individuals.

The anonymous reporting, the tip-off service, assured that the people would never have their identity that has been revealed by the government, even in the case that the complaint goes to the court.

Along with this, over the 50 percent of the reports that is 4,669 that is made to the complaints line that has been concerned suspected undeclared or illegal employment. The hotline also obtained 1,890 reports for breaches of health as well as safety measures.

According to figures from the Information and Social Research office (SIRS), in 2021, the government of Belgium will fight against social Fraud and add €342 million to the government budget.

The largest source of Fraud, the data indicated, was from social security contributions. Approximately €11 million was recovered from the people who had failed to pay their contributions.

Furthermore, the contact point has received 1,181 complaints about Fraud relating to domiciliation, namely undeclared cohabitation or change of address.

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