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  • 13 Jul 2020 12:30 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Responsibility for Government policy on public sector fraud rests in the Cabinet Office which is responsible for the counter fraud ‘profession’ and its function across the entirety of the public sector. Additionally, all major Government departments have dedicated units that investigate fraud related to their functions. Responsibility for investigating frauds against individuals and the private sector rests with the Home Office and myriad of investigative units in different law enforcement bodies (e.g. NCA, Regional and Organised Crime Units and individual police forces). The plethora of disparate fraud investigative units across Government and law enforcement means that there is little consistency or coherence in the overall effort to counter fraud.

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  • 08 Jul 2020 2:46 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This inspection followed on from HMICSFRS 2019 report Fraud: Time to Choose. Between April and June 2019, an inspection was made of ten police forces in England and Wales, all nine regional organised crime units, the NCA, Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. With regards to the strategic approach to fraud, HMICFRS finds the law enforcement response to cyber dependent crime is good but could be better. For example, the national strategy for tackling cyber-dependent crime is well established but the extent to which police forces have adopted it varies. Often, police forces don’t fully understand the threat from cyber-dependent crime and rarely see it as a priority. As a result, there is too much variation in local responses to a national threat.

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  • 22 Jun 2020 10:54 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    COVID-19 has affected—and will continue to affect—the business environment in countless ways. Travel bans, employees working remotely, an increased reliance on technology, and economic uncertainty have become the reality for many organizations around the world. And while these and other hurdles present numerous logistical and operational challenges, they also open the door to the increased pressure, opportunity, and rationalization that can lead to fraud. Looking forward, anti-fraud professionals expect an even greater shift in the overall fraud level.

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  • 14 Jun 2020 5:41 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This report focusses on the risks of fraud and corruption when councils procure and commission goods, works and services. The findings of this review have reinforced the message that there is no single solution for tackling the issue of fraud and corruption within procurement, but rather a range of measures that can be implemented to reduce the risks faced by the sector. This report highlights examples of good practice that councils already have in place and presents a series of anonymised case studies to demonstrate where councils have taken action against procurement fraud and corruption.

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  • 08 Jun 2020 12:41 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The measures put in place to tackle the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in significant and rapid changes in the operation of the civil justice system: new guidance authorising the use of remote hearings has been published, priorities for listing have been created and practice directions authorising the extension of time limits and suspending possession hearings have been issued. Successive announcements by the senior judiciary have emphasised their commitment to continuing the work of the courts ´wherever possible”. The rapid expansion of the use of remote hearings has been central to facilitating the continued operation of the justice systems - few if any civil hearings are now being conducted face-to-face. Guidance from the senior judiciary has emphasised flexibility in the approach adopted to remote hearings.

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  • 03 Jun 2020 3:23 PM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    This year’s IOCTA demonstrates that while we must look ahead to anticipate what challenges new technologies, legislation, and criminal innovation may bring, we must not forget to look behind us. ‘New’ threats continue to emerge from vulnerabilities in established processes and technologies. Cybercrime continues to mature and become more audacious, shifting its focus to larger and more profitable targets. To tackle it, law enforcement must be equally audacious in order to meet the challenge head-on.

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  • 26 May 2020 10:52 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    The research explored how victims fell victim and showed in some cases they were tricked by sophisticated social engineering, some exhibited poor security behaviours putting them at greater risk, but some also had very good behaviours but still fell victim. The research explored the changes in behaviour as a result of victimisation and it showed in general there were no major changes. The reasons victims did not report were examined and then the experiences of those that did. The response of the police and Action Fraud, where there was a response was also explored. The report ended by considering what the victims wanted.

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  • 26 May 2020 10:48 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Recognising and investigating fraudulent activities in the food sector remains a complex and a challenging task. The fact that fraudsters tend to be very creative in finding new and sophisticated methods to pursue their illicit goals justifies the needs to do more to overcome the challenge. This annual report presents the EU Food Fraud Network activities in 2019. The report highlights examples of EU coordinated cases as well as statistics for requests for cooperation and voluntary exchange of information on suspected cases food fraud through the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation System

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  • 11 May 2020 10:17 AM | Jo Buckley (Administrator)

    Serious and organised crime is exploiting the changing circumstances during the pandemic. From the onset of this crisis, Europol monitored these developments to help Member States understand and tackle these emerging phenomena. The full impact of the pandemic – not only on crime but also more widely on society and the economy – is not yet apparent. However, law enforcement should be prepared to be able to respond to the warning signals as the world deals with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, international policing needs to work with the increased connectivity both in the physical and virtual worlds. This crisis again proves that exchanging criminal information is essential to fighting crime within the law enforcement community. Europol, as the criminal information hub for all law enforcement organisations, will continue to play its part.

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  • 07 May 2020 7:55 PM | David Clark (Administrator)

    The National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice at Bournemouth University has been leading national research in the area of financial fraud and scamming for a number of years now, working with key national organisations such as the National Trading Standards Scams team and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

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