Fraud

Wielding Benford’s Law to find fraud

Benford’s Law is a long-standing statistical precept that remains as relevant and widely accepted in fighting fraud as ever. By wielding it effectively, experts can cut down fraudsters who unknowingly reveal their wrongdoings in dubious digits. Historical background The rule is named for Frank Benford, a physicist who noted that, in sets of random data, […]

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Encourage sales staff to walk an ethical line

When the market competition heats up, you might provide extra incentives for your sales staff to perform. But be careful: Some employees may step over the line — to earn bigger bonuses or out of enthusiasm for the challenge — and use unethical sales tactics. Take steps to ensure your salespeople always operate with integrity. […]

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Typosquatters profit from common user errors

The Web has opened plenty of new avenues for criminal behavior. For example, you may have heard of cybersquatting. Someone registers a site’s domain name that includes a trademark and then tries to profit by selling that name to the trademark owner. But are you familiar with typosquatting? You should be — because these schemes […]

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Why affinity fraud is particularly heinous

Affinity fraud — where perpetrators exploit connections of race, religion, age, politics, and profession — is one of the cruelest forms of criminal deception. Fraudsters often belong to the groups they target and, in addition to stealing money, weaken the bonds within communities. Affects individuals and businesses Affinity fraud targets individuals. But it can also […]

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Getting the goods on hidden assets

Hidden assets can be an issue in a variety of contexts — from divorce to bankruptcy to fraud. An acrimonious divorce, ownership dispute or occupational theft incident could all lead an individual or business to wrongfully hide items of value. In such cases, fraud experts use a variety of tools to uncover the assets — […]

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