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Bromley use high tech solution to fight fraud in the borough

PUBLISHED: 12:39 07 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:39 07 August 2015

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The council has created an app that lets residents alert others to potential scams

Bromley Council is leading the way in using technology to tackle fraud.

The council will be the first in the UK to introduce a new mobile application which local residents can use to quickly and efficiently report where they suspect fraud is being committed.

The new app is free, secure, easy to use and completely confidential. The council says that it can also be used to provide up-to-date information about different types of fraud, alerting residents to scams. It will also update people with fraud-related news.

The Bromley App was developed after it was judged the most innovative idea in a recent round of anti-fraud funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government. If it proves successful, the app will be rolled out for use in other boroughs across the country.

Councillor for resources, Graham Arthur, said: “I am delighted Bromley is the first council to launch this cutting edge anti-fraud tool. By harnessing the power of technology we can provide a quick and easy way to communicate with residents as they work with us to make sure public funds are protected and only used for those in genuine need. The introduction of more online services is one way we can make the best use of resources and save our taxpayers money. The app also clearly demonstrates the determination of Bromley Council to continue to use every source of information available to help identify cheats.”

Bromley Council works in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich to trace and prosecute fraudsters. The two boroughs have already successfully prosecuted over 400 fraudulent cases and are currently investigating many more. The app will be a quick and easy way residents can report their suspicions and will be in addition to calling the Fraud Hotline on 0800 169 6975 or emailing audit@bromley.gov.uk

Anyone who would like to find out more about the app should visit www.bromley.gov.uk/fraud

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