To combat fraud effectively, you first must understand what it is and how it occurs. For our purposes, the definition of fraud from Wikipedia is sufficient:
In law, fraud is deliberate deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain. Fraud is both a civil wrong (i.e., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud and/or recover monetary compensation) and a criminal wrong (i.e., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities).
In other words, fraud requires the perpetrator to use trickery, deceit, or lies to obtain some form of benefit – often money directly, but it could be other benefits, such as health insurance, a job, merchandise, better stock value for the company, etc.
Now, there are as many different types of fraud as there are things to lie about. For now, I will focus on the types of fraud and related forms of theft that specifically target the business and the workplace. I’ll begin with the most common types of employee fraud: Asset misappropriation, embezzlement, and employee theft.
Asset Misappropriation, Embezzlement, and Employee Theft
Generally, these types of fraud/theft affect either the company’s cash or its inventory or physical assets. Frauds affecting the company’s cash or revenues include the following:
Frauds affecting the company’s inventory include the following:
In a future blog post, I’ll summarize fraud in the form of falsified financial and business statements and corruption.
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