Fraud is a global problem with a global cost, running into the trillions (equating to more than 6% of global GDP). Of course, the true scale is unknown as that figure does not include unreported cases. Many instances of fraud are often kept under the radar due to various reasons including cover-ups, embarrassment and lack of confidence in authorities to investigate.
Whether it’s happening on a government, corporate or personal level, The Agenda’s Stephen Cole looks at who the fraudsters are, the warning signs to watch out for and asks what’s being done to crack down on corruption.
Tony Sales was once known as Britain’s greatest fraudster for his skills and ability to avoid being caught. From conman to consultant, the reformed criminal has since founded ‘We Fight Fraud’ offering a first-hand insight into a criminal’s mind, whilst helping companies stay one step ahead of them.
Professor Mark Button is Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at Portsmouth University. He explains which types of fraud have increased since the pandemic and why there’s no international uniformity to fight fraud.
And finally, criminologist and forensic linguist Dr Elisabeth Carter explains the secrets behind romance fraud, why victims are not to blame and how lockdowns provided the perfect environment for romance fraudsters to cash in on criminality.