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Thank You For Supporting International Fraud Awareness Week 2021

International Fraud Awareness Week 2021 is now coming to a close and we at the ACFE want to thank everyone who signed up as an official supporter. Supporting organizations from 112 countries around the world took the time this week to raise fraud awareness and share anti-fraud education with people in their communities and workplaces.

We saw so many creative virtual events put on by supporters this year. Law enforcement and governmental bodies took special initiative to inform members of their communities about fraud. Some of these included:

  • Tan Sri Azam Baki, the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission gave a keynote address at Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad’s virtual opening ceremony.

  • The Ohio Department of Commerce issued a press release and shared hotline information with Ohioans.

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of Inspector General shared tips and resources on social media.

  • The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General published an article on red flags of defective pricing and cost mischarging.

  • The Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General held a virtual meeting about how the SBA OIG tackled the rise of fraud as a result of the pandemic.

ACFE local chapters around the world especially stepped up and organized a multitude of virtual trainings, webinars and activities. These included:

  • The Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan Chapters hosted a webinar with speaker Martin Woods, chair of advisory board of the Global Compliance Institute.

  • The Indonesia Chapter held a virtual conference and sponsored a video podcast challenge for college students focused on the topic “Integrity – Students’ Point of View.”

  • The Italy Chapter held a number of events, including a webinar on lessons learned from the Wirecard case.

  • The New York City Chapter held a panel on elder financial exploitation with more than 200 registrants attending.

  • The Mumbai Chapter held a two-day anti-fraud summit that addressed the latest challenges, threats and developments in fraud prevention.

  • The Slovenia Chapter held both virtual and in person events each day of the week with a number of prestigious cohosts.

  • The U.K. Chapter held its annual conference via Zoom, which featured six subject matter experts and a networking lunch.

Other organizations from different industries shared anti-fraud education in creative ways. These included:

  • ADP held a public webinar discussing how organizations can reduce risk and increase the efficacy of their fraud management strategy.

  • CEX.IO held a multi-day training event featuring lectures and case studies on combating fraud for their employees.

  • The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud and the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud held an international insurance fraud Twitter chat.

  • Dragon Investigation Group hosted a lunch n learn for local business owners to make them more aware of how fraud can impact their business and how to prevent becoming a victim.

  • Featurespace shared a series of stories, case studies and expert views from industry specialists, data scientists and machine learning technologists to help others understand different types of fraud — as well as offer advice and solutions.

  • Feedzai created informational short videos with tips for consumers on red flags of payment fraud, how they can protect against phishing attacks and the importance of anti-fraud education.

  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies held a virtual event focused on preventing corruption in humanitarian operations.

  • Meftah Exchange and Remittances Company encouraged other financial organizations to sign up as supporters and shared videos, brochures, booklets and other educational materials within their community.

  • Rutgers School of Business-Camden and Red Flag Mania, Inc. took students, faculty and staff through an ethical reasoning simulation. They went through a digital investigation where they had to solve a fraud case.

  • The Senan Meftah Company for Exchange and Transfers held fraud awareness trainings for their employees and customers.

  • Younited Italia created and shared informative videos on how to prevent fraud.

You can see more about the events hosted by Fraud Week supporting organizations on the Fraud Week events page. You can also find all the new resources that are free to use, share and download on the resources page.

Thank you again to all the organizations that supported Fraud Week this year. We’re looking forward to spreading more fraud awareness next year for International Fraud Awareness Week 2022, November 13-19!

SOURCE: ACFE Insights – A Publication of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

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