In times of economic downturn and recession, company fraud is a crime that always increases, making it one of the major risks facing businesses today. All companies, from small enterprises with a handful of employees to large multinational corporations, are vulnerable to fraud in the workplace. In addition, technological advances mean those who may be tempted to commit fraud have a diverse set of tools at their disposal. A scary reality for many companies.
At Insight Investigations, we have a team of highly trained and skilled private investigators who are experienced in investigating and resolving a wide variety of fraud cases.
Types of Fraud
Workplace fraud can take many forms, including embezzlement, theft of equipment or company resources, computer crime, data theft, and forgery.
If fraud is suspected, it’s of paramount importance that you investigate immediately, because it’s rarely a one-off crime, and if the person or people committing fraud are not stopped, the crime can snowball, seriously affecting company finances and morale in the workplace.
Signs of Fraud
Recently there’s been a dramatic increase in company fraud. Luckily there are a number of tell-tale signs you can watch for:
- Employees continually working after hours and over the weekend.
- Staff taking work home, or logging in remotely at odd times.
- People not taking their holidays, as they don’t want to leave their work open to the scrutiny of others.
- Dubious documents, or important files going missing or being repeatedly misfiled.
- Staff refusing promotion, often an indication that something is going on under the radar.
The Role of the Private Investigator
Private detectives can be indispensable in a company’s fight against fraud. When we take on any new fraud case, we begin by meeting with you and discussing your suspicions and how you’d like to proceed.
Investigations can be carried out discretely, causing the minimum of fuss and disruption to your business, or overtly, where the investigator ensures all staff are aware of his purpose and presence. An overt investigation sends out a strong signal to your staff that you’re serious about the protection of your company, and it can act as a deterrent against future fraud.
On completion of our investigations, we’ll hand over all documentation for use in a disciplinary or court case.
We have an excellent track record of investigating and solving cases of company fraud, and have many repeat clients who are confident in our abilities to investigate fraud and uncover proof that an employee is damaging internal resources through their actions.
If you suspect a member of staff of committing company fraud, contact us today for proven company frauds investigations.
If you’d like assistance in recovering company assets, please refer to our section on asset recovery.