Crap at Photoshop? Don't try to defraud the government

Photoshop used for $10.5 billion of benefit fraud
(Image credit: Department of Work and Pensions)

Approximately $2.4 billion (£2 billion / AU$3.5 billion) in fraudulent benefit claims was spotted by the British government last year, thanks to ludicrously bad attempts to use Photoshop by claimants. 

While overall benefit fraud is estimated to have cost British taxpayers $10.5 billion (£8 billion / AU$14.9 billion), the UK's Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) was able to spot around 172,000 fraudulent claims – mainly because the scammers' skills at photo manipulation would have been more at home in Microsoft Paint.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.