Help us Fight Fraud!
If you know or suspect someone is committing fraud against CalVCP, it is important that you let us know about it promptly. Exposing fraud is the first step toward eliminating it, so that we can assist as many truly deserving Californians as possible.
Information to Include
- Names of individuals, providers, attorneys, or businesses
- Description of the alleged fraudulent acts
- Time and date when the fraud occurred
- Dollar amount involved
You may remain anonymous. However, providing your contact information will be helpful if questions arise. All information will be treated confidentially to the extent permitted by law.
The time it takes to investigate a fraud report can vary, depending on the complexity of the matter. Please be assured that your report will be addressed as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I report fraud to the Victim Compensation Program?
You may use any of the reporting methods as described in the Reporting Options section above.
I am a victim of identity theft. Should I report this to the Victim Compensation Program?
We do not accept fraud complaints that are unrelated to the Victim Compensation Program. The Victim Compensation Program provides compensation for victims of violent crime. Eligible victims may receive reimbursement for crime-related expenses.
If you are a victim of identity theft and believe someone used your identity to file an application with the Victim Compensation Program, please let us know about it. However, if you are reporting a case of identity theft, you should contact other appropriate agencies to address your concerns.
For all other types of fraud unrelated to the Victim Compensation Program, please report to the appropriate law enforcement officials or authority.
What information should I include when reporting fraud?
There should be sufficient information for us to determine whether the alleged fraud warrants an investigation. For example:
- Who was/is involved?
- What was/is the alleged fraudulent activity?
- When and where did the alleged fraud occur? Is it still happening?
- What is the dollar amount involved?
- Are there documents to support the allegation?
- How can we contact you for more information?
Can I report anonymously?
Yes. You may choose not to identify yourself. If you choose to remain anonymous, we will make every attempt to maintain the information you provided and your identity confidential to the extent permitted by law. However, it is more advantageous to the investigation if we can communicate with you.
Can I receive updates on the investigation?
We do not provide case status information since these requests take staff time and resources away from investigating complaints. We also do not provide informants the results of the investigations when they are closed due to privacy and identity concerns.
Will I receive a reward for reporting the alleged fraudulent activity?
No. There is no reward for reporting fraud.
How do I know if you received my complaint?
You will receive a confirmation email if you submitted your complaint online.
Are there other departments or agencies to report fraud if the alleged fraud is unrelated to the Victim Compensation Program?
Yes. The following agencies also have fraud reporting mechanisms. This list is not all-inclusive.
- Bureau of State Audits
To report an improper governmental activity
- California Department of Consumer Affairs
To file a complaint against a licensee
- California Department of Social Services
- California Department of Health Care Services
- Department of Insurance
- Employment Development Department
- Federal Trade Commission
To report identity theft
- Franchise Tax Board
To report improper use of your identity
- Internal Revenue Service
To report the improper use of your identity
- Office of the Attorney General
- Local District Attorney Offices
- Social Security Administration
To report identity theft
- U.S. Department of Justice