Humberside seminar will advise businesses how to guard against 'alarming' rise in fraud by workers
Fraud committed by employees in the UK is increasing "at an alarming rate" and concerned company bosses across the Humberside Police area are being offered the chance to find out how to prevent this becoming a possible problem in their businesses.
The Business Crime Reduction Centre (BCRC), in partnership with the Humberside Police Authority, is hosting a free seminar to help companies avoid the risks posed by fraud.
Expert speakers will discuss insider threats, cybercrime attacks, identity theft and account takeover.
The event will be held at the Humberside Police Authority HQ in Hull on Wednesday, September 19, from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
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The seminar is aimed at small and medium-sized companies.
To register or find out more, visit www.bcrc-uk.org
Through the BCRC, specially trained police community support Officers conduct physical and cyber security surveys of businesses and report any vulnerabilities with recommendations including the introduction of staff policies and procedures in order to reduce the threats.
A report from the UK's Fraud Prevention Service reveals a 52 per cent rise in employee frauds during 2012.
Precarious economic and employment conditions are considered to be part of the reason for the significant increase, with staff working harder - often for smaller rewards.
It is suggested this can create resentment and lead some to commit fraud "out of a misplaced sense of entitlement."
David Ransom, Director of the Business Crime Reduction Centre, said: "Fraud committed inside a business is a threat that must be taken more seriously than ever before.
"In a challenging environment of constantly developing technologies, economic hard times and a scarcity of employment, SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) that do not take this threat seriously must recognise that the dangers they face in terms of their financial well-being, ability to operate legally and their reputation are significant."