Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline

Report by Phone or Online

Call 1-866-809-3500 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or you may file a report online starting with the drop-down list to the left.

After you complete your report you will be assigned a unique code called a "report key." Write down your report key and password and keep them in a safe place. After 5-6 business days, use your report key and password to check your report for feedback or questions.

Hotline Process

In order to process your complaint, a minimum amount of information is needed. Please ensure that you have the following information before contacting the hotline:

  1. You are reporting fraud, waste, or abuse that involves a City of San Diego employee, a contractor, or a vendor doing business with the City.
  2. You know who the suspect(s) involved is.
  3. You know what the alleged incident is.
  4. You know how the alleged incident was committed.
  5. You know where the alleged incident was committed.
  6. You know when (or approximately) the alleged incident was committed.

About the Hotline

The Fraud Hotline is designed for reporting suspected cases of fraud, waste, or abuse. The Fraud Hotline is not a substitute for employment-related grievances or appeals, as existing City policy and procedures provide channels for resolution of these issues.


The City Auditor will at all times maintain the confidentiality of all complaints, associated reports, working papers, and other documents. Similarly, Departments investigating reviewing allegations shall also maintain the confidentiality of all complaints.

Whistleblower Protection

The City of San Diego will not retaliate, nor will it tolerate retaliation against those who, in good faith, report suspected ethics violations, or who participate in an investigation of suspected ethics violations. An act of retaliation should be reported immediately to the City Auditor for referral to the Personnel Director, who will investigate any such report as a potential ethics violation. In addition, those who bring matters to the Office of the City Auditor are protected through the state Whistleblower Protection Act.

To Make a Report