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Fraud prevention and reporting advice during International Fraud Awareness Week

17 November 2023

In support of International Fraud Awareness Week, we're sharing vital updates to provide you with the information you need to identify, prevent and detect fraud.

Earlier this week we shared information about fraud, who commits fraud and fraud in local government.

The following is information on:

  • cyber fraud
  • identify fraud
  • fraud prevention and reporting

Cyber and identify fraud

Fraudsters are constantly looking for new ways to commit fraud. The recent increase in the use of computers and the internet in our personal and professional lives has led to a rise in frauds committed online.

Cyber fraud

Cyber fraud refers to all crimes committed online or using a computer or online technology. It includes scams, phishing and other hacking activities designed to defraud people.

Within your role, the main cyber risk you face is a phishing attack. Watch the short video from Security Quotient for further information on phishing and the common types of phishing attack.

Identity fraud

Identity theft occurs when an individual’s personal details are stolen. The use of these details to commit crime is known as identify (ID) fraud.

You can be the victim of ID fraud in your professional or personal life. 

When fraud occurs. It can lead to financial loss, unauthorised access to confidential data and emotional distress to the individual whose identify has been stolen.

Learn more about identity fraud by watching The Devil’s in Your Details from Action Fraud.

Fraud prevention and reporting

We have a range of internal controls designed to prevent fraud occurring. These are detailed in council policies and embedded in council systems.

The following documents are the key elements of the Fraud Governance Framework:

The following short video from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners provides further information on the importance of internal controls.

Fraud reporting

If you have any queries or concerns regarding a situation at work, these can be discussed in confidence with a member of audit services.

Email: or tel: 01629 533334

We hope that having read this information, you feel more comfortable in understanding what fraud is, how you can minimise the risk of fraud occurring and how to report a suspected fraud.

Further guidance is available within Fraud Prevention Training on Derbyshire Learning Online