Is segregation of duties really important?

You hear accountants/auditors talk about segregation of duties but do owners, Board Members and Council Members understand what it means? Surely, these individuals understand leaving such a vital part of the operations to a single person would be disastrous to the organization whereas working as a team toward a common goal produces success. The financial …

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New caller ID spoofing and phone spear phishing alert!

Recently the Federal Trade Commission put out an alert on phone spear phishing and caller ID spoofing scams that are on the rise among consumers and companies. I imagine you experience the same relentless calls from phone numbers you don’t recognize as I do every day on my personal devices. Usually I just ignore and …

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Government fraud: a $6.7 million scheme

By now you are probably familiar with Rita Crundwell, the City Comptroller who embezzled more than $53 million over a 20-year period. If not, click here. That story seems to still get a lot of attention as it is shocking how she was able to get away with so much for so long; however, there …

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All the Queen’s Horses, fraud in Dixon, Illinois

Netflix recently released a documentary called “All the Queen’s Horses.” It details the story of Rita Crundwell, the perpetrator of the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. As the City Comptroller and Treasurer for Dixon, Illinois, Rita Crundwell embezzled more than $53 million of public funds over a 20-year period. The stolen funds …

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Phishing vs spear phishing – don’t get scammed

You may believe that phishing emails are a thing of the past and that no one falls for them. However, emails remain the number one way for scammers to infect your computer with viruses or ransomware and they have been getting more complex with their schemes. Spear phishing Typically, phishing emails can be easily identified …

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Risk management and internal control

Risk management and internal control are vital to a business’s financial health, but can often be put to the wayside amongst required day-to-day work. However, the benefits of taking the time to prioritize risk management can far outweigh the time put in up front. With the wide range of uncertainties faced by organizations, risk management …

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How companies can prevent, detect fraud from the inside

For small and medium sized companies, fraud schemes to create fake invoices and payments to vendors is fairly simple, if the right processes are not in place. According to an article written by Cecilia Locati in the Journal of Accountancy, these seven tips can help companies decrease the presence of fraud through the procurement process. …

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Popular government fraud schemes

State and local governments have fraud just like other industries and organizations. In fact, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) most recent 2016 Report to the Nations, “government and public administration” was second only to “banking and financial services” when it came to the number of cases of fraud reported to the …

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Teachers targeted in fraud scheme

When consumer activity increases substantially, with it comes the increase in consumer fraud. How are these fraudsters gaining access to consumer information? They do it by developing new schemes to get your personal identifiable information. The latest scheme targeted our teachers. Recently a fraudster did a little homework and created a fictitious email account in …

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Effectiveness of fraud hotlines

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) recently released its 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. Once again, the number one method for detecting fraud was through tips. Of the frauds that were discovered, 39.1% were discovered by tips. That number differs between companies based on the size of the organization. …

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