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How to Report Suspected Fraud, Waste or Abuse to the OIG

Report fraud, waste or abuse of government funds or property to the confidential hotline of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). You can make a complaint without giving your name 24 hours a day. You may contact us by phone, mail or online.

Fraud Hotline - Office of the Inspector General

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You can use our reporting form to report suspected wrongdoing, or report by email, phone or mail. Please provide as much information as possible:

  • Identify the city, town, agency or other public entity involved.
  • Provide the name(s) of individual(s) involved, with their positions or titles.
  • Explain the issue or concern in as much detail as possible, including the nature, scope and timeframe of the suspected wrongdoing.
  • Provide us with information about other individuals who may have relevant information or documents, as well as their contact information.

Include copies of any related documents, which you can upload with this form or send to our office via email or mail.

We will keep your identity confidential to the extent possible. In some cases it may be necessary to share your complaint if we need to refer the matter to a more suitable agency or work with another agency to investigate your complaint. Even so, your name will not be disclosed without your written consent. You will receive advanced notice from our office in the rare instance that we cannot avoid disclosure. Under Massachusetts law, all OIG records - including your tips and complaints - are confidential and exempt from the Public Records Law.

Every tip and complaint is important, and we review each one as quickly as possible. However, not every tip results in an investigation. Please note that, by statute, the Office’s work is confidential and therefore we generally cannot provide you with information about or comment on any action undertaken regarding your complaint.

If you report suspected illegal activity, state whistleblower laws may protect your identity and also may protect you from an employer's retaliation or intimidation.

Want to learn more before you file a complaint? Visit our fraud reporting FAQ.

The Office of the Inspector General does not usually handle the following types of complaints. Please contact the agencies listed:

Want to learn more before you file a complaint? Visit our fraud reporting FAQ.

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Call us at (800) 322-1323

At the prompt, you will be asked to leave a voice message explaining your complaint.

 

Write to us with your complaint:

Fraud Hotline
Office of the Inspector General
One Ashburton Place, Room 1311
Boston, MA 02108

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The kinds of behavior we investigate include:

  • Wasteful spending by an agency, public employer, public contractor or vendor
  • Misuse of public funds or property
  • Failure to comply with public purchasing laws
  • Suspected criminal conduct by a public employee, contractor or vendor, such as:
    • Stealing
    • Bribery
    • Embezzlement
    • Fraud
    • Theft of time
    • Collusion
    • Bid-rigging

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