Coordinating individual and organisational responses to fraud

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Abstract

Crimes involving dishonesty, collectively known as fraud, have been estimated to cost developed nations many billions of dollars each year. The last decade has seen the creation of an extensive range of responses to this problem by government and business alike, some of which are beginning to bear fruit. But much remains to be done—particularly concerning the coordination of the many preventive and response strategies being used by public and private sector organisations. This article outlines current avenues of fraud reporting that individuals and organisations use, examines the extent of reporting, and considers the various barriers that exist to reporting fraud. The focus is primarily on Australia, although the issues have relevance to many other countries. It is argued that there are various approaches that could be developed to encourage greater reporting of fraud, and that a nationally coordinated response would assist those who make official reports, and enable information to be gathered which may assist in the development of improved fraud prevention strategies and interventions.

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