The Countdown to Fraud Week 2012


Scott Patterson
ACFE Senior Public Relations Specialist

International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 11-17, is just a month away, and we’ve hit another milestone. There are now more than 700 organizations signed up as Official Supporters for this important grassroots effort. I’ve been hearing a lot of exciting things about what people are planning for Fraud Week this year.

The ACFE Utah Chapter is teaming up with Exactech Forensics LLC to host a workshop luncheon for members and local companies to share ideas on how to increase fraud awareness.

In Nebraska, the ACFE Heartland Chapter and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Nebraska are supporting the movement – and Susan Rainey Biler, CFE, AHFI, special investigations administrator for BCBS of Nebraska informed me that Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is declaring Nov. 11-17 International Fraud Awareness Week in the state.

In Ohio, Franklin University, the National White Collar Crime Center, the Ohio Ethics Commission, the Ohio Inspector General’s Office and the Ohio Investigators Association will present a two-day training conference:  “Targeting Fraud – Safeguarding Integrity.”

We have added some new resources to to help you make the most of this year’s campaign. "Designing an Effective Anti-Fraud Training Program" is a new PDF guide that provides tips and special considerations for developing an anti-fraud training program for your employees.

A few weeks ago, I received a call from Larry Benson at LexisNexis regarding their new “Fraud of the Day” forum.  It is a can't-miss resource dedicated to educating government about how fraud is perpetrated and solutions to stop it. I encourage those dealing with government fraud to visit the site and sign up for their daily email; you will also find commentary, links to upcoming events, resources pertaining to government fraud and expert video commentary.

On we have the latest customizable press release and Fraud Week logo to help you publicize your support. Find the full list of resources at

Remember, there are different ways to get involved. Consider the following:

  • Hold a free fraud prevention seminar in your community, or for your employees and/or clients. Or offer to speak to a local business group, or to university students enrolled in business, management and accounting courses about the importance of being trained in the detection and prevention of fraud.
  • Send an email to clients outlining the risks and cost of fraud. Encourage them to reduce their fraud risk. Include fraud awareness articles and information in employee newsletters and other communications.
  • Engage in social media before and during Fraud Week. Promote the importance of fraud awareness, and use our Twitter hashtag, #FraudWeek. Stay tuned to ACFE Insights and other ACFE social media channels for updates.

To share your events and materials, please feel free to email me at It is just a month away – the countdown to Fraud Week begins.