Every company wants to prevent fraud from occurring within their organisation and most companies will not admit to being vulnerable to any type of fraud since they don't want customers and suppliers to have a negative perception of their business. The truth is there are many people who will be willing to take the steps to implement a scam. Once someone has a great understanding of the internal controls structure and how to bypass it, the temptation becomes too great and they put their fraud scheme in place.
Fraud is always a topic worth discussion however with the current state of the economy the temptation to scheme is increased with increased energy bills, unemployment levels and levels of personal debt. These personal and family pressures and the incentives for carrying out a fraud scheme are enough to devise a scam. Individuals working for organisations often come up with excuses to justify the reasons for trying to defraud their employers. These include a) their current salary isn't in line with competitors and they "deserve" this payoff or they work a lot harder and aren't adequately compensated for their efforts; b) The amount they are taking from the employer isn't significant enough for the management to care about; c) Management are making people redundant and the packages being offered won't cover the expenses incurred once unemployed; d) A blatant and arrogant excuse but its – management are smart enough to notice the scam at all.
The three main factors, pressure/incentive, opportunity and rationalisation) that result in the implementation of scams is commonly known as the fraud triangle. Having all three of these present will increase the risk of that individual committing fraud and potentially costing your company millions of pounds from the scam or potential bankrupting the organisation.
The key is to work on reducing the opportunity by having an adequate and effective fraud detection scheme in place. Taking away the "I can get away with this thought" from someone's thoughts is possible by having a controlled environment that will first of all discourage scams, then detects then immediately and then deters most types of fraudulent behaviour whether that be for low level employees, contract workers, consultants, or senior management.
If you need a scam protection scheme in your organisation then it is wise to attend a fraud prevention conference to learn about fraud prevention techniques and systems as well as network and speak first hand with others who have prevention systems and those who have had to deal with someone running a scam in their organisation. Marcus evans scam conferences run regularly across different regions.