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Profiling a Fraudster: employer tips

Profiling a Fraudster: employer tips

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) says only an estimated four per cent of fraud committed against a company is ever discovered by external auditors. There are many ways that employers and companies can guard against this crime – including keeping a close eye out for certain signs. Perpetrators are often white-collar criminals with […]

Email fraud is common: it even happens at work

Email fraud is common: it even happens at work email fraud

Did you know that email isn’t – and was never deigned to be – a secure way to communicate? Fake emails can be quickly created and doctored to look real, reliable, legitimate. We’ve done many investigations that illustrate how easily email can be manipulated. Too often people don’t challenge or question iffy emails. One of […]

Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance ongoing investigation of Bell

Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance ongoing investigation of Bell

Today, the Competition Bureau obtained a court order to advance an ongoing investigation into some of Bell Canada Inc.’s marketing practices. The Bureau is examining potentially false and misleading representations made in connection with the promotion of Bell’s residential services, including home phone, internet and television sold separately or in bundles. The order granted by […]

Tips for avoiding real estate fraud

Tips for avoiding real estate fraud tips to prevent real estate fraud

As housing prices climb in many markets across the country, real estate fraud can become a much more enticing prospect for scammers. While it’s one of the lesser-known kinds of fraud in Canada, its impact can be devastating. There are two types of real estate fraud that may result in financial losses for home owners […]

What to do if you think you’ve been defrauded

What to do if you think you’ve been defrauded

Each year thousands of Canadians lose millions of dollars to fraudulent scams. Nobody is immune; it can happen to young people, teenagers, and corporate executives. Did you know that only 5 per cent of fraud is reported to the authorities each year? If you’ve become a victim of fraud, report it to the authorities regardless […]

Protect your elderly parents from robocalls

Protect your elderly parents from robocalls

We’ve all received at least one phone call where a pre-recorded message plays, indicating that you’ve won a prize, your taxes are owing or some other penalty you need to rectify. Robocalls are made using an automatic dialer and are able to contact a great number of people. They’re used for everything: telemarketing, political campaigns […]

Keep your guard up: fraudsters operate year-round

Keep your guard up: fraudsters operate year-round

While Fraud Prevention Month has drawn to a close, it’s important to remember that fraud prevention continues year round. Few areas of life are untouched by fraud. Romance, health, employment, tax payments, online shopping, loans, and tech support are just a few examples of areas where fraudsters like to focus their efforts, targeting youngsters, retirees […]

Be Vigilant: Healthcare Fraud Can Be Avoided

Be Vigilant: Healthcare Fraud Can Be Avoided Vigilance for healthcare fraud

Healthcare insurance fraud is commonplace in Canada but there are ways employers and insurance companies can halt the financial impact. Perhaps the best way is through data analytics to see who the fraudulent ones are versus those who aren’t. It’s easy to commit, for instance the Toronto Transit Commission was involved in a healthcare fraud […]

Nosing Out Fraud

Nosing Out Fraud

30 Years of Forensic Accounting Detecting fraud in the business world is something Dave Oswald has been doing for close to 30 years now, both here in Canada and across the globe. Before becoming a chartered accountant, he found three major frauds in three years while apprenticing with an external auditor in South Africa in […]

Changes to the CFPOA

Changes to the CFPOA Forensic Restitution - Summary of Changes to the CFPOA

Why it’s important to keep accurate books and records Canada’s signature legislation regulating offshore bribery and corruption, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (the “Act” or “CFPOA”), has come a long way since its introduction on February 14, 2009. The current iteration of the Act now also includes key provisions such as Section 4 […]

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