Hundreds of organizations, such as AIG, Maersk and Voya have pledged their support to spread fraud awareness during International Fraud Awareness Week, November 12-18, 2017. Fraud Week was founded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and is an opportunity for organizations and individuals to focus time, energy and resources into educating employees and community members about fraud.
More than 350 organizations from six continents are supporting anti-fraud endeavors during the week. Corporations like Barclays Africa are holding live trainings for employees and inviting anti-fraud experts to speak to stakeholders. Universities like Utica University have planned activities for students. Governmental organizations like The Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority are providing multi-day courses to employees and executives alike.
Many groups are also educating their communities about how fraud can affect their neighbors and most vulnerable members. The Tucson Police Department and the Fisher’s Police Department (Indiana) are holding seminars on fraud prevention for the public and seniors. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued a Fraud Week proclamation and both the Comptroller and Office of Inspector General of Massachusetts have pledged their support to fraud prevention as well.
“It seems that every day we see new headlines about large and small-scale fraud affecting people from all walks of life around the world. Whether someone’s identity is stolen in a massive data breach, or a trusted employee steals from the small business they worked hard to build, the realities of being a victim of fraud hit close to home for most people,” said ACFE President James D. Ratley, CFE. “That’s why it’s inspiring for me to see so many organizations coming together for Fraud Week. The first step in combating fraud is spreading education worldwide. It is a serious problem that requires a proactive approach toward preventing it.”
To see which organizations are supporting Fraud Week, and for more information about how to reduce the risk of fraud, visit FraudWeek.com.