he Anti-Fraud Toolkit Structure

Fraud Prevention Tip #42: Be Ready to Respond

Here’s an exercise that will keep you awake at night. Assume that despite your best efforts at fraud prevention, you get hit anyway. What should you expect when fraud is detected? Explode False Beliefs Start by exploding these three myths: 1. We’re ready to address what might come up 2. The authorities will take care […]

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Avoid Form Over Substance in Managing Risks

Fraud Prevention Tip #39: Avoid Form Over Substance in Managing Risks

I’ve been a professional auditor for almost 40 years. And I’ve seen it over and over and over again – hundreds if not thousands of times. Form over substance controls and behaviors targeting fraud risks. Here’s what I mean: • Two signatures are required on transactions over a threshold like $5,000. But neither signer knows […]

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Approving Purchasing Card Transactions

Fraud Prevention Tip #38: Approving Purchasing Card Transactions – Good Questions to Ask

The use of Purchasing cards or P-Cards for small dollar transactions makes a lot of sense. The cost per transaction is significantly less than that incurred when a requisition, purchase order, invoice and check payment takes place. But with the convenience of P-Cards comes an elevated risk of abuse and fraud. Compounding the risk is […]

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Approving Travel and Entertainment Expenses

Fraud Prevention Tip #37: Approving Travel and Entertainment Expenses – Good Questions to Ask

Many employees, contractors and consultants incur travel, entertainment and other out of pocket costs while on business trips. And fraud and abuse in out of pocket reimbursement is a well-known concern. We’re expected to know the details of these trips in sufficient depth to be able to competently review the expenses submitted for reimbursement. That’s […]

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Signatures without thought

Fraud Prevention Tip #36: Approving Invoices – Good Questions to Ask

One of the most common and important management steps is the review and approval of invoices from suppliers, contractors and service providers. Yet few organizations provide meaningful training on how to review invoices. What to check, where to find the needed information, and what to do when something looks strange, odd or curious to the […]

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