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THE COUNTER FRAUD CAMPAIGN 2019

The Counter Fraud Campaign 2019 is a  4 part series of PROFiT articles covering fraud compiled, presented and owned by our colleagues at Prevention of Fraud in Travel (PROFiT). The 4 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 The Supply Chain

 

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.

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.

The following articles will be released in the weeks to come.

        • Part 3 – Employee Fraud.
        • Part 4 – The Supply Chain.

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.

Please click here for Part 1 of The Counter Fraud Campaign 2019 pdf

Please click here for Part 2 of The Counter Fraud Campaign 2019 pdf