Last year we added new resources including "The Cost of Complacency" infographic, our printable "5 Fraud Tips Every Business Leader Should Act On" handout, a Fraud Week Official Supporter poster and more. Don't miss the full list of
Fraud Week resources.
Here are just a few things that supporters did in 2014:
The State of Minnesota - Executive Branch obtained a Fraud Week proclamation from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. They also issued a fraud-themed "Internal Controls Bulletin," sponsored a full day ACFE-provided fraud risk management training course, issued a "Fraud Quick Guide" reference brochure statewide, and sent an email to State of Minnesota employees making them aware of fraud week (and attaching some fraud-related training information).
For a month or so leading up to Fraud Week, Pacific Continental Bank employees encouraged clients via social media, e-newsletters and in person to sign up for their fraud awareness e-newsletter, eTips. During Fraud Week, eTips was sent daily. The bank shared articles from its e-newsletter on each of its social media pages and posted other tips and resources on social media.
Protiviti issued tips on their blog, in social media and among their internal communications on how to avoid fraud.
The ACFE Mumbai Chapter hosted workshops, spread the word about Fraud Week, encouraged companies to host anti-fraud events at their office, promoted media coverage and supported their members with content for their events.
Homechoice Holdings Limited in South Africa supported Fraud Week by raising awareness through posters, quick reference guides with fraud prevention tips and staff training on fraud prevention.
Port of Oakland sent daily emails to employees to bring awareness to their whistleblower hotline program for the prevention of fraud, waste and abuse of the organization's resources.
Here is just a sampling of some supporter activites during Fraud Week last year:
PwC Cyprus, in collaboration with the Cyprus Police, for the first time hosted a
conference focusing on the prevention and fight against economic crime. The even included a particular focus on cybercrime.
Exactech Forensics, LLC, in Provo hosted a luncheon with the ACFE Utah Chapter to share ideas with delegates on strategies to prevent and detect fraud.
In France, BNP Paribas hosted online training and a conference to support anti-fraud initiatives.
Canon China, a new supporter this year, promoted fraud awareness and compliance to its employees through its company-wide newsletter.
Georgia Southern University’s Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business distributed anti-fraud information across campus, covering subjects including identity theft and investment scams.
The ACFE Greece Chapter hosted its Fraud Prevention Forum 2013 on November 5, where they welcomed ACFE President and CEO James D. Ratley, CFE, as a keynote speaker. Ratley also spoke on fraud indicators for compliance professionals at the Compliance Summit Asia in Hong Kong, November 7.
Pennsylvania’s Carlow University promoted fraud awareness in all accounting courses during Fraud Week, and informed students about its undergraduate degree in Forensic Accounting and Master of Science Degree in Fraud and Forensics.
For the second year in a row, more than 100 attended the seminar “Targeting Fraud – Safeguarding Integrity,” a collaboration between Franklin University, National White Collar Crime Center, Ohio Ethics Commission, Ohio Inspector General and Ohio Investigators Association, November 6-7.
Thomson Reuters provided several white papers for download free of charge, covering subjects including health care fraud, government fraud and money laundering. Read more at their blog,
"The Knowledge Effect." Thomson Reuters also gave away three
free ACFE memberships on Twitter in honor of Fraud Week, and hosted a money laundering webinar.
Franklin University, National White Collar Crime Center, Ohio Ethics Commission, Ohio Inspector General and Ohio Investigators Association collaborated to present a two-day training conference: Targeting Fraud – Safeguarding Integrity (see photo above). The inaugural conference attracted more than 100 attendees.
Fraud of the Day (presented by LexisNexis) hosted a live Twitter chat with tips on preventing ID theft and other fraud.
Anti-fraud consultant Bob Hurt presented a free webinar, "Fraud Prevention for Small Business" on Thursday, November 15.
The ACFE posted a two-part Fraud Talk podcast created especially for Fraud Week: an in-depth look at the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse.
The following are some of the highlights from ACFE chapters who participated in Fraud Week:
Governor Governor Gary R. Herbert declared November 11-17, 2012, International Fraud Awareness Week in Utah. The ACFE-Utah Chapter and Exactech Forensics LLC held a special luncheon meeting to celebrate the declaration and announce the beginning of International Fraud Awareness Week.
Governor Dave Heineman signed a
proclamation declaring November 11-17 International Fraud Awareness Week in Nebraska:
The chapter used Fraud Week to encourage business leaders and employees to proactively take steps to reduce the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education. Organizations such as JGL Forensics, PWC, the Department of National Treasury, regional Provincial Treasury departments, ABSA Bank, FNB, Vodacom and the University of the Free State Business School all collaborated with the chapter to hold events in several South African cities.
As one of the newest ACFE chapters, the Tanzania chapter held an event promoting fraud awareness training and education. Read the
The Houston chapter recognized Fraud Week by featuring the Honorable Judge Gregg Costa at a luncheon meeting. Costa compared the fraud schemes of Charles Ponzi and Allen Sanford. The event drew more than 100 attendees.
The chapter took advantage of Fraud Week to hold training sessions on topics such as: Fraud-Related Provisions of the New Cyber Crime Law; Implementing an Effective Anonymous Hotline; Digital Forensics; and Interviewing Tips.
Chapter board member Joe Collins, CFE, spoke to the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce on steps businesses can take to prevent fraud losses.
The Brisbane chapter joined forces with local organizations to host a luncheon promoting Fraud Week. The meeting gave attendees insight into emerging issues and current trends in fraud. See what the Brisbane chapter did.
Chapter leaders provided free presentations to interested organizations in their effort to spread fraud awareness.
The latest in Fraud Week coverage in the media:
The following is just a sampling of media coverage from last year's International Fraud Awareness Week:
Late night talk show hosts seem to love International Fraud Awareness Week. In 2010, it was Jay Leno who mentioned Fraud Week in his monologue. And last year, Jimmy Fallon said: "You guys, next week is International Fraud Awareness Week... I fooled you, it's actually this week." Maybe he should let us write the joke next year! But in all seriousness, it is great that people are taking notice of this critical awareness campaign.
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