Fraud examiners know that combatting fraud takes continued diligence and vigilance. It can sometimes be emotionally draining as well since fraudsters may have built up trust with the victims over years. Although being in the anti-fraud field can be taxing, fraud examiners continue to stand against fraud because they know it is the right thing to do. Some of the artifacts, memorabilia, documents and other pieces of fraud history collected by ACFE founder and Chairman Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, exhibit how pioneers in the anti-fraud field have stood against fraud through the years and can be seen in this year’s Traveling Fraud Museum at the 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference.Read More
You can’t have a global fraud conference without top-notch keynote speakers, and we don’t mean to brag, but this year’s lineup is incredible. The 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference will bring you experts from all over the world so you can hear their stories, learn practical skills and return to the office with strategies to help you stand up against fraud and stand out from your peers.
But don’t take our word for it. This year’s speakers have shown up in some of the biggest, most world-renowned news outlets. Here are some recent highlights.Read More
In her 2019 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe session titled “Dos and Don’ts in Investigations,” Cindy Hofmann provided attendees with practical explanations of how fraud examiners should prepare for an investigation. With a calm, measured way of speaking, Hofmann methodically worked through each consideration a fraud examiner should make before, during and after an investigation.Read More
Interviews are a critically important part of a fraud investigation. Whether you are an outsider trying to get context for the victim organization’s culture, or an in-house fraud examiner trying to obtain a confession, your interviews, if successful, will provide you with insight and information you will need to close your case. With so much weight on this step of an examination, some professionals in the anti-fraud field may spend time strategizing and preparing all while overlooking a fundamental truth — your interview is a conversation between human beings.Read More
“One in four people pay bribes for public services,” Gretta Fenner quoted (from the Global Corruption Barometer 2017) during her keynote address titled, “Fighting Corruption and Returning Stolen Assets: Global Challenges and How to Make at Least Some Inroads” at the 2019 ACFE Fraud Conference Europe last week. “We have 300 people here; that means 80 of you would have paid a bribe in a 12-month period.”Read More
“When I first entered [the dark web] about five years back, I couldn’t go to sleep for days. It is disturbing.” This is one of the first things Ritesh Bhatia said during his presentation at the 2019 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East. Bhatia’s session, “Dark Web Threat Intelligence and Investigations,” focused on what the dark web is and why fraud examiners need to be familiar with it if they want to stay ahead of fraudsters.Read More
Most anti-fraud professionals who have been in the industry for awhile have at least one case that they will always remember as being the most difficult. The investigator may have faced roadblocks in the form of not having any whistleblowers or tips to go on. The case may have been especially challenging because the victim organization refused to disclose necessary information in order to conduct the investigation. However, it’s unlikely that many fraud examiners have had to face the difficulties inherently present in investigating fraud in an active combat zone.Read More