Q. What is It?
This is a voluntary body setup by the government in 2005 to provide advice to government bodies and others on the dangers of fraud and how to prevent fraud.
Their vision is for everyone to have access to the knowledge, skills and resources to protect against fraud.
They say that they work to achieve this by fulfilling their charitable objective: to protect life and property by the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution and deterrence of fraud, in particular through the promotion of:
Q. What Do They Do?
Advising and informing
They advise government, business and the general public on fraud prevention, detection and reporting. A series of self-help factsheets, Fraud Facts, covers a wide range of fraud-related topics, providing up-to-date, practical and preventative guidance for individuals and organisations alike.
Educating and training
A large part of their work is in educating business, the professions and the general public about the true threats that fraud poses and what should be done to mitigate them. They run a comprehensive programme of events for anti-fraud professionals from all sectors.
Their regional forums and interest groups bring members together regularly to share knowledge, experiences and best practice in prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution and deterrence.
Representing and influencing
They aim to be an important and influential voice in law reform and public policy improvement. Their contributions – including responses to government consultations on new legislation – are informed by the expertise and experience of the members.
Researching and supporting
Their programme of targeted research systematically expands understanding of the true extent, causes and nature of fraud.
Q. What Have They Done That is Noteworthy?
They teamed up with the Charity Commission to host the first national conference on charity fraud. More than 150 trustees and managers from charities and other not-for-profit organisations came together to share experiences, insights and best practice.
They replaced their popular Fraud Facts publications with two new series of practical self-help guides covering anti-fraud best practice and UK legislation.
The first titles are:
· Money laundering and the proceeds of crime
· Criminal fraud in England and Wales
· Criminal fraud in Scotland
· Due diligence on UK-based third parties; and Data mining and analytics.
· Bribery and corruption
· Adequate procedures to prevent bribery and corruption.
SUPPORTING ANTI-FRAUD PROFESSIONALS
Almost 600 people (including delegates, speakers and sponsors) attended a total of 13
training courses, workshops, executive briefings and conferences.
CONTRIBUTING TO PUBLIC POLICY
As of 2015, the Fraud Advisory Panel are on social media to get their message across to more people.
Q. Who’s On the Fraud Advisory Panel?
It’s an assortment of people from the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Q. What Are The Benefits of Being a Member?
Individuals and organisations join the Fraud Advisory Panel because they are concerned about the harm caused by fraud and they want to do something about it. Our varied activities are an excellent way to keep up to date, exchange insights, share best practice and make a difference.
Our UK regional groups bring together local members to discuss local issues. They have groups in:
London and the South East, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South West and Wales.
Interest groups bring together members with shared interests and/or expertise in the following areas:
· investigation and legal process
· prevention and detection.
Each group meets three times a year in London for about one-and-a-half hours.
This provides advice on common fraud risks and how to prevent them, plus an easy-to-use interactive decision tree to help fraud victims navigate the UK justice system.
The resource section of the website is the most useful as it contains documents, guidance and research.
Overall, the Fraud Advisory Panel seems to work quietly to improve knowledge of fraud and perhaps has been very useful to a number of organisations in the public sector and charity sector.
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