ACFE Public Information Officer
Although International Fraud Awareness Week doesn’t occur until, November 12-18, 2017, many supporters like to begin planning their Fraud Week activities months in advance. As a dedicated time to spread fraud awareness, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to reach out to members in your community to educate them about fraud and what you do as an anti-fraud professional.
To help you spread as much fraud awareness as possible, we’ve created a number of great new resources for this year. Here’s a look at some of these free, new tools you can use to educate your coworkers, family, friends and community members about how to prevent and detect fraud:
- Test Your Fraud Knowledge — How much do you know about some of the largest fraud scandals of the past two decades? Find out using our new interactive quiz! The quiz asks a variety of questions about fraud scandals that stayed in the headlines for weeks, months and years. You can take it yourself, or gather some peers and challenge each other to see who knows the most.
- Share Explainer Videos — The ACFE has created two short animated videos explaining why people commit fraud and what common traits fraudsters possess. The videos are designed to loop and can be embedded in social media, news stories, presentations or webpages. Share these on your social media platforms for an easy and entertaining way to educate those unfamiliar with basic fraud concepts.
- Show Your Support in Your Email — What better way to show that you won’t stand for fraud than to declare it in your everyday communications? We have a new badge (see image in article) that you can add to your email signature or post on social media or websites. (Simply right click on the photo and save it to your desktop.)
- Spread Cold, Hard Facts — One of the best ways to show how important fraud prevention and education can be is to use the data the ACFE has collected. This year we have created a new infographic that look at how different industries are affected by fraud and what areas current anti-fraud professionals believe to pose the largest risks for fraud.
Sign up today as an official support of Fraud Week! You can find all of these resources, and more ideas of ways to spread fraud awareness, at FraudWeek.com.
ACFE Content Manager
I can't even begin to describe the amount of International Fraud Awareness Week activity we have seen on social media this year. I guess that was my way of beginning to describe the amount of activity we saw. With more than 10 million impressions on Twitter and numerous infographics and blog posts, this year's reach has surpassed previous years by millions.
So, I am left with two tiny words to express the overwhelming sense of support you have all spread over the last five days. Thank you. Thank you to the individuals creating one-page documents. Thank you to the organizations officially supporting the cause. And, thank you to the many people who came together from different industries to host events.
Here are just a few of the resources I caught this week that I hope you can use in your own efforts moving forward:
- Identity Fraud Prevention Playbook (LexisNexis)
- 7 Surprising Ways to Create an Information Security Culture (ShredIt)
- Infographic! Spear-Fishing Attacks: One Click Can Change Everything (Symantec)
- Interactive Data Analytics Tests (ACFE and EY)
Again, thank you to everyone that participated in Fraud Week this year. There are so many more resources than the ones I highlighted above, so take some time and search for #FraudWeek on Twitter and Facebook. We will meet again in 2017!
Mandy Moody, CFE
ACFE Content Manager
As we approach the first day of International Fraud Awareness Week, I thought it would only be fitting to highlight some of this year's free resources that we have put together for you to use not just next week, but all year-round. I look forward to sharing information with fraud fighters all over the world next week. Visit FraudWeek.com for the latest news and information, and let us know what you plan to do individually or at your company in the comments section below.
Here are some my favorites this year:
Infographic: Fraud in Small Businesses
View how and why fraud can occur in organizations with less than 100 employees.
Printable Fraud Week Handout
Download our “5 Fraud Tips Every Business Leader Should Act On” printable handout and share it with colleagues, clients and others.
Podcast: BBB CEO Discusses Common Scams and How to Protect Yourself
In this interview with Steve McFarland, CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, he shares some commons scams he has seen targeting seniors and other consumers.
Check out even more free resources at FraudWeek.com. Let the awareness begin!
ACFE Public Relations Specialist
According to the 2016 ACFE Report to the Nations, organizations lose an estimated 5 percent of their revenues annually to fraud. With fraud being such a costly issue to organizations worldwide, the ACFE created International Fraud Awareness Week to spread information about how businesses and individuals can protect themselves from fraud.
Fraud Week will take place November 13-19, 2016, and offers anti-fraud professionals the opportunity to share fraud prevention knowledge and best practices with members of their communities. One of the best ways to spread fraud awareness is by hosting events that the public can come to in order to open a dialogue about fraud. Discussing fraud in person helps encourage others to ask questions and makes the impact of fraud more real. Events some supporters have put together in the past range from awareness fairs and lunch seminars to movie screenings and 1-day conferences.
This year, FraudWeek.com has a new feature to help promote events that supporters plan to host. The site has a dedicated Events page that will display the date, time, location and supporting organization of events before and during Fraud Week. To see your event on the page, you can submit the relevant details and include any links to further details. The submission will be reviewed and posted.
Throughout Fraud Week, the ACFE will share posts and pictures from supporter-organized events. Be sure to tag your shared photos with #fraudweek for a chance to be featured on ACFE social media channels. As anti-fraud professionals, you can be leaders and educators in your community by using Fraud Week as a platform to spread general awareness of fraud prevention.
Sign up as an official supporter of Fraud Week today!