What is Insider Fraud?
- Also known as employee or internal fraud, this is fraud committed by employees or someone within your company.
- This type of fraud will often occur based on three elements. Pressure or motive, Rationale, Opportunity.
Pressure or motive can be driven by financial difficulties, addictions, trying to maintain a certain standard of living or organised crime involvement. These can motivate or pressure the employee to commit fraud.
Rationale, employees convince themselves what they are doing is justified. For example thinking they aren’t paid enough or that the company can afford it.
Opportunity, an employee sees an opportunity and takes it. The opportunity can often occur as a result of lack of internal controls and processes, access to financial systems provided when it’s not needed and an abuse of authority.
- Insider fraud will often start with small amounts and once carried out successfully without detection the amounts are likely to increase.
Protect yourself and your business from Insider Fraud
Have robust pre and post employment screening processes in place and ensuring they are followed.
Restrict and regularly review who has access to sensitive information and systems.
Ensure employees aren’t sharing confidential information and system log in information with employees that shouldn’t have access.
Regularly check account statements for any unusual behaviour.
If you are a Bankline user, control what employees can access and do on by regularly reviewing and maintaining user roles and privileges. Check the privileges for the roles and don’t apply privileges that they don’t need, these can be changed at any time so you can add privileges in the future if needed.
On Bankline, you can also enable dual authorisation for payments, Templates and Bulk lists. Any payments and changes have to be approved by a second user before the payment is sent or changes take affect.
Always think twice and make double checking second nature.
Take Five to stop fraud
Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. This includes email deception and phone-based scams as well as online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations.