Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Survey finds that Slovaks cheat most often on bills and documentation

The most common fraudulent actions that Slovaks have engaged in or experienced are forged bills and documentation aimed at reporting higher costs, according to a survey conducted by the GfK agency that was released on May 4, the TASR newswire reported.

The most common fraudulent actions that Slovaks have engaged in or experienced are forged bills and documentation aimed at reporting higher costs, according to a survey conducted by the GfK agency that was released on May 4, the TASR newswire reported.

Other quite common frauds, according to the survey results, involve prescription drugs and lying on mortgage applications where Slovaks state higher income or lower expenditures than is true.

The survey was conducted in April on a sample of 500 respondents, 85 percent of whom said they had seen at least one fraudulent activity in their lives. The most common frauds were in the areas of taxes, insurance and public administration – with women and older people condemning these transgressions the most among those surveyed.

A total of 22 percent of the respondents saw nothing wrong with taking actions to lower their tax bases. "More than 96 percent of Slovaks think that if there is an opportunity then we (Slovaks) will surely or probably seize it," said Dušan Očkaik of GfK, as quoted by TASR.

The respondents stated that it is mostly insurance companies, the tax authorities and banks that try to uncover fraud. Only 13 percent of the surveyed Slovaks believe that the public administration makes a sincere effort to investigate fraud even though they believe the level of corruption among government officials is extraordinarily high, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Shortage of vegetables in Europe’s supermarkets is a hoax

An overview of hoaxes that have appeared in the past few weeks

Household consumption improved.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Poll: Smer followed by SaS, KDH also in parliament

Had the general election taken place in mid-February, the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) would place second, and the now extra-parliamentary KDH would get nine seats.

Alojz Hlina took over at the helm of KDH