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Be a Fraud Fighter!

Governor Dayton issued a proclamation declaring November 11 – 17, 2018 Fraud Awareness and Prevention Week.  During this week, we will learn how to help fight fraud. But before you act, each day we help you see how:

  • Fraud can happen anywhere;
  • Fraud costs you, your agency, and the state; and
  • Fraud awareness and prevention is the responsibility of every state employee.

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Tuesday’s Daily Fraud Fact: Fraud Can Happen Anywhere (PDF version)

Fraud Happens.

Employees within every organization would like to believe fraud happens elsewhere and that it cannot happen in their “house.” This thinking increases the risk of fraud. Employees who do not believe fraud is possible may ignore obvious red flags or not question or report irregularities. Managers who do not acknowledge fraud can happen anywhere may not allocate the right resources to assess the level of risk or ensure anti-fraud controls are established and monitored.

Governments are frequent victims of fraud.

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 2018 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, governments are often victimized by fraud.  Government is the third most targeted industry behind the banking and financial services industry and manufacturing.

Types of government fraud.

Three types of fraud often occur in government.

  1. Occupational fraud committed by employees (e.g., theft or embezzlement).
  2. Consumer fraud, including individual citizens defrauding the government (e.g., benefit fraud).
  3. Cyber fraud, including hacking and other cyberattacks (e.g., theft of private or sensitive data).

Be proactive: Fraud prevention is best.

Prevention is the most efficient and effective way to fight fraud.  Good fraud prevention includes acknowledgement fraud can happen anywhere, in your agency, division, or even within your business unit.  Once acknowledged, take action today to fight fraud.  When you are proactive about fraud awareness and prevention potential fraudsters may think twice about their inappropriate actions out of fear you may report them.

Check back tomorrow to learn how fraud impacts everyone.

Thank you for taking action to prevent fraud in Minnesota State Government.

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