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Originally published at broadbandsearch.net.  Reproduced here with their full permission

THE COUNTER FRAUD CAMPAIGN 2019

The Counter Fraud Campaign 2019 is a 21 part series of PROFiT articles covering fraud compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT). The 21 parts are:

Part 1  deals with Fraud Risks

Part 2 deals with Recruitment Fraud in Travel

Part 3 deals with Employee Fraud

Part 4 deals with Your Supply Chain

                                         Part 5 deals with Upon Discovering a Suspected Fraud

          Part 6 deals with Investigating A Fraud. to follow

                                         Part 7 – When Police Become Involved

                                         Part 8 – Preparing For Court

                                         Part 9 – Validating A Booking

                                          Part 10 – Payment Fraud Issues

                                          Part 11 – Challenging A Chargeback

                                         Part 12 – Other Payment Fraud

                                        Part 13 – Protecting Images and Text

                                             Part 14 – Protecting Websites

                                          Part 15 – DDOS Attacks and Hacking

                                            Part 16 –Know Your  Enemies

                                             Part 17 –Spam and Malware

                                          Part 18 – Other Ways Data Is Lost

                                          Part 19 – Password Security

                                          Part 20 Defensive Software

                                     Part 21 – The end of the 2019 campaign

 

Part 1 – Fraud Risks

Section One looks at the vulnerabilities that travel (and many other) organisations may have and categorises some of the people likely to exploit those vulnerabilities, given a chance, along with a brief description of possible motivations.

Section Two identifies the threat vectors and also lists the common fraud types PROFiT has encountered over the past 20 years in the form of a taxonomy of fraud against travel organisations.  Fraud is always evolving and so this classification may not be a complete list – if you are aware of fraud types that are not listed (or a sub-category of those listed) please let us know so the information can be passed to PROFiT and the listing improved.

These publications are intended to be an overview of the subjects covered, made accessible by using plain, non-technical, language; they are not intended to be in-depth studies of the topics.

 

Part 2 – Recruitment Fraud in Travel

Section One of this issue looks at why employment screening is an important counter fraud tool.  It is much easier to deal with an unsuitable person at the pre-employment  stage than it is once they have been employed.  In short; staff carrying out recruitment and HR duties are the ‘gate guardians’ of your business.  The section identifies why organisations should carry out screening for all posts no matter how senior or junior.

Section Two identifies the four basic checks that must be carried out on all applicants which are:

        • Identity,
        • Location (Residential Address),
        • Right to Work in the UK, and
        • Work History and References.

Finally, Section Three contains some additional checks that can be carried out where the position being recruited to involves vulnerable people or money handling.  These are a suggested set of checks to be carried out following a risk assessment  and some organisations will go much further.  Again, you should be aware that some of the suggested checks are a legal obligation in certain circumstances

This is the first time that this piece of work has been undertaken and our aim is to help companies identify areas of vulnerability and take appropriate measures to reduce their risks.  During the following weeks we will be identifying best practice and free or low cost tools that can help.

Included are some free or low cost tools for carrying out checks and, where appropriate, the location of further detailed information.  Also pointed out are the fact that some of these checks are a legal requirement.

Part 3 – Employee Fraud

Employee Fraud, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the third of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud.

This week’s issue has sections on Corruption, Asset Misappropriation and Accounting Misappropriation.  Each section identifies commonly found examples of the type of crime involved and then makes a number of industry standard suggestions for reducing the risks.  These are no-cost practical solutions to avoid becoming a victim.

These publications are intended to be an overview of the subjects covered and made accessible by using plain, non-technical, language; they are not intended to be in-depth studies of the subjects covered.

Whilst geared towards the Travel Industry, there will be areas of cross-over relevant to our sector.

TUFF presents the articles for the benefit of its members with the full permission of PROFiT.  TUFF members should draw their own conclusions on the benefit of the information.

Feedback, or comment, from TUFF members, addressed to tuff@tuff.co.uk (for DOMS), would be most welcome.

Part 4 – Your Supply Chain.

Your Supply Chain, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the fourth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue has sections on Why You Should Check Your Suppliers, Identifying Who Your Client Is, Record Keeping and Other Related Issues.  Each section takes you through the potential issues involved and then makes a number of industry standard suggestions for reducing the risks.  These are no-cost practical solutions to avoid becoming a victim.

These publications are intended to be an overview of the subjects covered and made accessible by using plain, non-technical, language; they are not intended to be in-depth studies of the subjects covered.

Part 5 – Upon Discovering A Suspected Fraud.

Upon Discovering A Fraud, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the fifth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry. There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

In this issue PROFiT looks at a number of important considerations, including how to conduct an investigation, taking action, preserving documents as evidence, dealing with implicated employees, whether matters should be reported to the police, and issues surrounding the arrest and interview of an employee.

These publications are intended to be an overview of the subjects covered, made accessible by using plain, non-technical, language; they are not intended to be in-depth studies of the subjects covered.

Part 6 – Investigating A Fraud

Investigating a Fraud, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the sixth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue has sections on Conducting An Investigation, Taking Action, Preserving Documents, Dealing With Implicated Employees, Obligations To Report Fraud, and what happens if an Employee is Arrested & Interviewed.  Each section takes the reader through the potential issues involved and then makes a number of industry standard suggestions for reducing the risks.  These are no-cost practical solutions to avoid becoming a victim.

These publications are intended to be an overview of the subjects covered and made accessible by using plain, non-technical, language; they are not intended to be in-depth studies of the subjects covered.

Part 7 – When Police Become Involved

When Police Become Involved is compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the seventh of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue has sections on Reporting Fraud, Obtaining Police Action When A Fraud Is Actually Happening, What Happens When  A Report Is Received by Action Fraud, and the Requirements of the Key Industry Bodies

Part 8 – Preparing For Court

Preparing For Court is compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the eighth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue has sections on Completing A Witness Statement, Compiling Evidential Reports For Submitting To Enforcement and Going To Court

Part 9 – Validating A Booking

Validating a booking, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the ninth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue has sections on How Payment Cards Work, Problems With Card Payments and Why Organisations Need To Validate A Booking

Part 10 – Payment Fraud Issues

Payment Fraud Issues, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the tenth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s instalment looks at issues that reduce the effectiveness of payment systems and validation tools, including Issues Relating To Criminals, Issues Relating To Validation Tools, Issues Relating To Banking, and Issues Relating To Company Systems

Part 11 – Challenging A Chargeback

Challenging A Chargeback, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the eleventh of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue looks at Chargebacks Distinguished From Section 75 Protection, Chargebacks Used For Friendly Fraud, Implications Of Chargebacks, and Challenging A Chargeback

Part 12  – Other Payment Fraud

Other Payment Fraud, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the twelfth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue looks at how easy it is for a criminal to divert funds that suppliers or customers think they are paying to your business and explores how you can mitigate the risks. 

Part 13 – Protecting Images and Text

Protecting Images and Text, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the thirteenth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue looks at why you should take steps so secure your company logo’s, scheme membership badges, accreditations and other hard-won symbols of integrity to prevent criminals misusing them to lend credibility to their scams.  It also works through a number of simple and effective measures that you can take to add protection to text and images in order to protect your brand.

Part 14 – Protecting Websites

Protecting Websites, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the fourteenth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue looks at some steps that you can take to protect your website(s) to prevent criminals misusing them by hijacking, copying, cybersquatting or cloning.  It also works through a number of simple and effective measures that you can take to add protection and steps you can take to regain control if the cybercriminals have been success

Part 15 – DDOS Attacks and Hacking

DDOS Attacks and Hacking, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the fifteenth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue looks at some steps that you can take to protect your website(s) to reduce the risks of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and hacking.  It works through a number of simple and effective measures that you can take to add protection, where you can get help, and the steps you can take to regain control if the cybercriminals are successful.

Part 16 –Know Your  Enemies

Know Your Enemies, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the sixteenth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue looks at some of the people and organisations that might attack your website and IT infrastructure.

Whilst geared towards the Travel Industry, there will be areas of cross-over relevant to our sector.

Part 17 – Spam and Malware

Spam and Malware, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the sixteenth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue looks at the dangers of spam and the malware that is often hidden within it.  The document identifies what spam and malware are, the threat they pose and how you can reduce the risks of them.

Part 18 – Other Ways Data Is Lost

Other Ways Data is Lost, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the eighteenth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue continues to examine the technical threats to business.  The campaign document identifies a number of less obvious threats and covers how to mitigate the risks they present.

These publications are intended to be an overview of the subjects covered and made accessible by using plain, non-technical, language; they are not intended to be in-depth studies of the subjects covered.

TUFF presents the articles for the benefit of its members with the full permission of PROFiT.  TUFF members should draw their own conclusions on the benefit of the information.

Feedback, or comment, from TUFF members, addressed to tuff@tuff.co.uk (for DOMS), would be most welcome.

 Part 19 – Password Security

Passwords, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the nineteenth of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

 This week’s issue looks at a part of cyber security we all think that we know about: Passwords.  Starting with the most commonly given advice on password security we explain what this is based upon, then identify factors which inadvertently weaken the strength of the security.  This is followed by listing the twelve ways that passwords can be compromised and then we give the official advice for home and business users which is currently the best advice to follow.

These publications are intended to be an overview of the subjects covered and made accessible by using plain, non-technical, language; they are not intended to be in-depth studies of the subjects covered.

TUFF presents the articles for the benefit of its members with the full permission of PROFiT.  TUFF members should draw their own conclusions on the benefit of the information.   

Feedback, or comment, from TUFF members, addressed to tuff@tuff.co.uk (for DOMS), would be appreciated.

Part 20 – Defensive Software

Defensive Software, compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the twentieth in a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

This week’s issue looks at a part of cyber security we don’t consider.  In simple terms we explain the very barest of defensive suite of software that you require to keep your system and communication safe.  There are numerous security protocols covering different aspects of your systems but we have concentrated on the few that it is most important to understand and implement relating to your communications and web browsing.  Each is explained and the reason for adopting them given.

These publications are intended to be an overview of the subjects covered and made accessible by using plain, non-technical, language; they are not intended to be in-depth studies of the subjects covered.

TUFF presents the articles for the benefit of its members with the full permission of PROFiT.  TUFF members should draw their own conclusions on the benefit of the information.

Feedback, or comment, from TUFF members, addressed to tuff@tuff.co.uk (for DOMS), would be appreciated.

The next issue is the last in the current series and will be in two weeks’ time; it will list some useful resources for you to explore, have a definitions section and an index.

 Part 21 – The end of the 2019 campaign

Index – compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT), is the last of a series of PROFiT articles covering fraud in the Travel Industry.  There may be crossovers to Telecommunications Sector Fraud.

The issue consists of a glossary of terms, a list of useful sources of support, advice, and information and a comprehensive index of the previous twenty week’s subjects.

These publications are intended to be an overview of the subjects covered, made accessible by using plain, non-technical, language; they are not intended to be in-depth studies of the subjects covered.

TUFF presents the articles for the benefit of its members with the full permission of PROFiT.  TUFF members should draw their own conclusions on the benefit of the information.   

Feedback, or comment, from TUFF members, addressed to tuff@tuff.co.uk (for DOMS), would be appreciated.

TUFF would like to thank PROFiT for sharing their email campaign with us.

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