Bribery is giving or offering a person something to persuade them to act dishonestly or break the law for you. It is illegal to offer, give or accept a bribe.
For example, a company paying an official to award them government contracts would be bribery.
A bribe doesn't have to be money. It could be something else, like offering a promotion at work in return for a favour. Or it could be a high-value gift, like tickets to a sporting event.
Businesses have a legal duty to prevent bribery within the company.
Corruption is when someone abuses a position of power to get money or something else valuable.
For example, a group of companies secretly agreeing to set artificially high prices would be a form of corruption called price fixing. Or an employee selling company secrets to a competitor is corruption.
Match-fixing in sport is another form of corruption where a coach or player influences the outcome of a match for financial reward.
Disagreements between people about wills, visitation rights, property boundaries, landlords and tenants are not fraud, bribery or corruption.
Also, disputes over missold or faulty items or bad service are not fraud, bribery or corruption.
You might have only seen or heard something that makes you suspicious of fraud, bribery or corruption. But we still want to hear about it so we can decide whether to take action.
Fraud, bribery and corruption can overlap. For example, someone could be bribed to commit fraud. Don’t worry if it is hard to tell exactly which offence has been committed. Just do your best to answer our questions, and we'll tell you what to do next.