Here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions about International Fraud Awareness Week.
What is Fraud Week?
International Fraud Awareness Week, or Fraud Week, was established by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) in 2000 as a dedicated time to raise awareness about fraud. The week-long campaign encourages business leaders and employees to proactively take steps to minimize the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to register as Official Supporters prior to International Fraud Awareness Week, and to host training opportunities, distribute anti-fraud information or otherwise promote anti-fraud activities during the week.
What does it mean to be an Official Supporter of Fraud Week?
Becoming an Official Supporter of International Fraud Awareness Week helps demonstrate your organization’s commitment to preventing and detecting fraud. You will be given access to resources provided by the ACFE to help your organization and/or employees take a proactive stance against fraud. You will be encouraged to use these materials during Fraud Week and to help promote the campaign among your employees, stakeholders and your local media outlets. Your organization (with a linked website address) will also be posted on the Fraud Week website as an Official Supporter.
Does it cost money to support Fraud Week?
It does not cost any money to be a supporter of Fraud Week. We only ask that you sign up as an Official Supporter and spread fraud awareness and anti-fraud education to the best of your abilities.
Who may sign up as an Official Supporter?
Any organization may sign up. We ask that you obtain any relevant permissions to have your organization's name publicly displayed as a supporter of Fraud Week before you do so.
How do I get started?
After signing up, view our downloadable resources and choose which tools are best for your organization. We recommend taking the Fraud Prevention Check-Up to help identify risk areas in your organization, and using our Sample Fraud Policy to develop your own policy to help prevent fraud.
After Fraud Week is over, what do I do?
Don’t stop there. Fraud is committed year-round, and organizations must be vigilant. Provide regularly scheduled anti-fraud awareness training for your employees, evaluate your fraud risk and your fraud policy, and communicate your policy to your employees on a regular basis. Deterrence begins with making individuals aware that fraud will not be tolerated, and that controls are in place to detect it.