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Global profiles of the fraudster

Global profiles of the fraudster

How they do it and how to fight back.

Who is the typical fraudster?

Fraud places a heavy burden on society, but who are the fraudsters and how do we stop them? 

Global profiles of the fraudster: Technology enables and weak controls fuel the fraud, is KPMG’s third report profiling traits and behaviours of fraudsters around the world, based on interviews with 750 fraudsters in 81 countries plus KPMG Forensic professionals. 


This year’s survey…

…identifies who commits fraud

…what sorts of fraud they commit

…and how they are caught.


Key findings:

  • While technology was used to carry out 24% of frauds, anti-fraud efforts failed to use technology sufficiently
  • Weak internal controls are a factor in 61% of frauds, up from 54% in the last survey. 


The survey reveals the traits of a typical fraudster:

  • 36 to 55 years old
  • Male 
  • An employee of the company
  • May hold an executive or director level position (over a third did)
  • Colluded with others
  • Motivated by personal gain
  • See themselves as well respected 

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