Critical Considerations of an Investigation

Critical Considerations of an Investigation

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.  

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You’re Only Human: The Importance of Understanding Human Behavior in Interviews

You’re Only Human: The Importance of Understanding Human Behavior in Interviews

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.

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Why Fraud Examiners Need to Be Familiar With the Dark Web

Why Fraud Examiners Need to Be Familiar With the Dark Web

“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.

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Unexpected Sources: A Friend of Journalists and Fraud Examiners Alike

Unexpected Sources: A Friend of Journalists and Fraud Examiners Alike

Fraud examiners might not always think of themselves as journalists, but there might be more overlap than you think. Both professions conduct interviews, they investigate documents, they write up their findings and, if they’re lucky, they can find unexpected breaks in cases or stories thanks to whistleblowers or unexpected sources. In her remarks to attendees at the 2018 ACFE Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific, veteran reporter Kate McClymont stressed the importance of those that come forward to blow the whistle.

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5 Tips for Navigating the Digital Crime Scene

5 Tips for Navigating the Digital Crime Scene

“As fraud investigators, CFEs, financial crime investigators, you have got a big responsibility,” Dr. Graeme Edwards, CFE, AAICD, Director of CYBERi Pty Ltd, told attendees at the 2018 Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific. He was referring to the fraud examiner’s responsibility to know the right procedures to document and preserve evidence so that it is permissible in court, specifically when dealing with volatile digital evidence. In his session, “Navigating the Digital Crime Scene,” Dr. Edwards provided applicable, real-life advice on how a digital crime scene should be processed and worked.

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When the Fraud Victim Becomes a Fraud Enabler

When the Fraud Victim Becomes a Fraud Enabler

When starting out in the anti-fraud field, it may be common to view things as black and white; there is the fraudster, who is bad and deserves to be punished, and the victim, who is innocent and deserves to have their losses recouped. However, as many veteran fraud examiners know, things are rarely that clear cut. In her session “Encounters with a Sociopath: The Saga of a Million-Dollar Fraud” at the 29th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, Ginny Tate, CFE, CIRA, EA, took attendees through the wild story of a fraud where the line between victim and enabler was blurred.

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