What you are claiming is dishonest and fraudulent and liable to get anyone caught dealt with more severely than if they hadn't told such lies.uncle tom wrote: ↑Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:20 pmHowever, if you don't acknowledge that you are living permanently in Thailand - which is not dishonest, because what is 'permanent' and events might make you wish to return.. - and if asked directly, state that you are currently enjoying an extended holiday, again being careful with words, but not dishonest.
If you keep your principal bank account in the UK, have a UK mailing address and also make the occasional trip back to renew your passport, for example; and also don't attempt to make yourself UK tax exempt. If you are careful not to plaster your luxury home, Thai wife and second family all over social media.
- It's hard to see how they could 'prove' that you had become permanently resident..
No disrespect, but you clearly have no great knowledge of this subject matter, whereas I do, or did, before I retired.
This is a well known and targetted fraud. To counter it, regular data matching takes place and any investigation could involve access to bank acounts, full credit rating checks, visits to the alleged UK address, thus embarrasing relatives, friends or whatever and if decided to deal with as a non criminal matter (bearing in mind some pensioners have been jailed for this scam), then a decision is reached based on the balance of probabilities. Any overpayment is recovered from an ongoing pension, if not fully repaid at the time of death, in many instances, they will still seek to recover losses from any estate.
And you'd be susrpised how many folk out there don't like such scams and loose tongues can cost. So many on-line way's to refer a suspected fraud these days.