Most people are trustworthy and honest. However, there is a risk posed by the small number of employees who act dishonestly and defraud their employer.

This guide aims to raise awareness of the potential threat posed by fraud and dishonesty and to provide examples of good practice that can help you manage and mitigate the related risks.

This guide has been produced in partnership with Cifas – the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service. Cifas is a not-for-profit fraud prevention membership organisation. It is the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, managing the largest database of instances of fraudulent conduct in the country. Cifas has over 600 member organisations from all sectors, sharing their fraud risk data to reduce instances of fraud and financial crime.

What is staff fraud?

How should my organisation approach staff fraud?

How do I combat staff fraud?

Cifas’s three strategic prevention areas

Promoting an anti-fraud culture requires collaboration between HR, fraud prevention, compliance, risk management and legal teams, together with trade unions, managers and staff, to collectively address the staff fraud risks. Below is a summary of things you can do to decrease your risk of staff fraud, under the three Cifas strategic prevention areas

Improve internal policies and practices to deter and support staff

Put effective policies in place to respond to and investigate staff fraud

Types of fraud

Types of fraud
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