Fraud can be combated only if government organisations work together. This has been confirmed by recent experience with fraud involving public funds. The Netherlands therefore has a government-wide anti-fraud strategy.
The anti-fraud strategy rests on four pillars:
Fraud-proof rules minimise the scope for fraud. All new laws and rules are tested to make sure they are fraud-proof. Unfortunately professional fraudsters can be very ingenious and the authorities need to constantly gather information on fraud patterns, fraudsters and their working methods. The Dutch government is continuously learning and refining its strategy.
Better information for the investigative services
The government has more and more ways to detect and investigate fraud. Improving the information in databases, such as the municipal personal records database, helps the authorities detect suspected fraud more quickly.
Combating circumstances that are conducive to fraud
Some forms of fraud such as identity theft, bankruptcy fraud and sham employment contracts are conducive to other forms of fraud. The victims are members of the public, companies and the government. Combating these forms of fraud makes it harder to commit fraud with public funds. It also makes it more difficult to defraud the public and companies.
A targeted approach to fraud
Government services will work together more closely to identify the most effective means to detect and prosecute fraudsters. They will coordinate their operations. For example, the various law enforcement organisations will coordinate their use of criminal law.