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  • 16 Oct 2019 6:11 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The Government has published its Economic Crime Plan for the next three years, and it is heavy in its reliance on the private sector to contribute to the fight against financial crime. The ever-evolving and clandestine nature of economic crime means it can only be combatted by harnessing the capabilities, resources, and experience of both the public and private sectors. For the first time, this plan sets out how both sectors will work together to tackle economic crime. Fraud is now one of the most common crimes in the UK, with one in fifteen people falling victim a year.

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  • 15 Sep 2019 10:21 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    As the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Lisa Osofsky completes her first year as its head, the publication of its Annual report and accounts 2018-19 last month shed light on the agency’s caseload, which saw conviction rates fall, as well as providing some understanding of the current leadership

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  • 15 Sep 2019 10:15 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Fraud poses a major threat to the UK. It’s a crime the finance industry is committed to tackling, but it’s also one that requires the combined efforts of every sector, both public and private, to overcome.

    Fraud the Facts 2019 report lays bare the extent of the challenge. Last year the advanced security systems and innovations in which the finance industry invests to protect customers stopped more than £1.6 billion of unauthorised fraud. Despite this, criminals successfully stole £1.2 billion through fraud and scams in 2018.

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  • 22 Jul 2019 10:33 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Does the UK have a corruption problem? Officially, no. In reality, we just don’t know. The heavy emphasis placed on overseas corruption in recent years has taken our eye off the ball at home. The data are sketchy, the infrastructure non-existent, and no-one is in charge. And what about all of the everyday activity which, whilst not strictly illegal, undermines openness, integrity and fair dealing in politics, government and business? What if, when we do look more closely (and think more clearly), we are in for a nasty shock?

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  • 28 Jun 2019 11:40 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The primary purpose of the review is to improve the prevention, detection and prosecution of money laundering and terrorism financing in the United Kingdom. The Commission make 19 recommendations in this final report, these include both legislative and non-legislative mechanism designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the consent regime. Collectively the recommendations will ensure a more proportionate and user-friendly regime; clarify the scope of reporting; reduce the burden of compliance and processing; and produce better quality intelligence for law enforcement.

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  • 16 Jun 2019 10:45 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Understanding the gap in perceptions of cybersecurity between consumers and the organizations that serve them is a key theme of this report. KPMG believe that solving this gap

    in perceptions generates consumer trust and confidence propels business growth.

    Cybercriminals are looking for the biggest bang for the buck. As they seek to maximize their return on investment, they focus on what makes them the most money — and at the moment that is tricking firms into transferring funds through spear phishing and social engineering (so-called CEO frauds), extortion through ransomware, and attacks on the new world of cryptocurrencies.

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  • 08 May 2019 10:15 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This report, for the first time, establishes a baseline figure for the cost of recruitment fraud. It also shows, where it is allowed to occur as a result of no or inadequate pre-employment checks, it often leads to further fraud and theft. Fraudsters, encouraged by successfully

    gaining employment through dishonesty are often motivated to attempt wider fraud within their host organisations. However, the deterrent to individuals from carrying out recruitment fraud is not complex or difficult for businesses to adopt. Effective pre-employment checks are relatively low cost and easy to commission. With fraud growing by almost 50% in the last 10 years, the real question is not why would we do this, but why wouldn’t we?

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  • 22 Apr 2019 8:21 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The National Crime Agency’s mission to lead the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime is critical to our national security. This Annual Plan sets out how we will develop the Agency and lead the whole system, harnessing the collective powers of law enforcement, government, the voluntary sector and industry to deliver the coordinated response we need to protect our communities and counter the escalating and rapidly evolving threat from Serious and Organised Crime (SOC).

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  • 22 Apr 2019 8:20 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Whilst 72% of companies now consider cyber a high or very high risk, less than half, only 46%, have a dedicated cyber security budget. Worldwide, we continue to see harmful cyber-attacks and significant data breaches at major, household name companies. Many large firms are now investing heavily in cyber security, but attacks over the past year continue to demonstrate the importance of comprehensive cyber risk management strategies. Some common themes continue to be apparent in some of the largest cyber-attacks, such as the failure to have a comprehensive understanding of business assets across multiple locations, or not understanding the importance of the supply chain to the overall security of the business

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  • 22 Apr 2019 8:18 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The first attempt to put the common law offence of bribery on a statutory basis was in 1889. For many decades there has been agreement that the law was unclear and unsatisfactory, especially as regards offences committed by corporations, but there was agreement on little else. Eventually the Bribery Act 2010 was passed to put the offences on a fresh statutory basis. It has now been in force nearly eight years, and a House of Lords Select Committee has been conducting post legislative scrutiny to see whether the Act is achieving its intended purposes.

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