Combating Fraud in Government, Business and Civil Society Organisations register

Course Overview
The monitoring of fraudulent activity indicates it is a growing and increasingly global problem. Whether by unethical staff, dishonest citizens, or opportunist hackers, fraud is a threat to any organisation’s integrity. It may take the form of petty pilfering or it may involve huge sums. The impact of fraud on efficiency, reputation and morale can often be greater than the direct financial loss of an individual incident. The proceeds of fraudulent transactions can be spirited away (especially in the virtual world) across borders, requiring lengthy, costly and complex processes to repatriate stolen funds.

This programme introduces a range of techniques which can help to combat fraud – though a difficult lesson is that the risk can never be completely eradicated. These techniques include the introduction of higher quality vigilance systems, more rigorous investigation processes, strategies to increase the prospect of successful fraud prosecutions, and measures to combat money laundering and seek repatriation of stolen funds.

Course Objectives

  • Assess the extent of fraud risk and understand the growing threat from the Internet and identity fraud and identify methods to combat them
  • Develop proactive techniques to deter and detect fraud and decide whether to launch a fraud prosecution
  • Recognise the different approaches for internal and external fraud, and understand the social and psychological aspects

Course Outline

  • Techniques and principles used by successful fraud investigators
  • The key elements of fraud legislation and investigation
  • The risks and challenges presented by computer-based fraud
  • International experience in tackling payroll abuses
  • The role of audit offices and forensic accountants
  • Corporate vigilance strategies and proactive deterrence techniques
  • Complaints handling
  • Civil remedies
  • Strategies to increase the likelihood of successful prosecutions
  • How to detect and prevent money laundering
  • Methods of detecting fraudulent transactions in large accounting systems
  • Social and psychological approaches to finding potential fraudsters in an organization
  • How to repatriate financial assets