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International Charity Fraud Awareness Week wins ‘outstanding international collaboration’ at the HM Government Counter Fraud Awards.

Our industry report Hidden in plain sight: domestic corruption, fraud and the integrity deficit warns that domestic corruption risks in areas such as business, education, local government and elections are neglected and poorly understood because of the focus on bribery overseas.


Charity Fraud awareness week goes international. New research is commissioned to investigate how euphemisms shape public perceptions of the seriousness of fraud.

In Fraud futures: understanding the old to prepare for the new, six leading thinkers consider the threats emerging from new technologies and together they paint a chilling picture.


Business behaving badly - fraud, corporate culture and ethics argues that businesses must do much more to set a good ethical example to society at large and to create workplace cultures that promote and reward ethical behaviour.

The second charity fraud awareness week urges everyone to 'look out, listen out, and speak out, to keep charity fraud out'. We help establish the inaugural Charities Against Fraud awards.

A future fraud professionals network launches to help new professionals and students to get their counter-fraud careers started and then to develop their skills. A new Cyber Fraud Research Unit aims to advance our understanding of the legal response to cyber fraud and related matters.


The Fraud Review - ten years on carefully reviews a decade of progress in fighting fraud but laments that 'in many of the main problem areas identified by the Fraud Review, progress has been modest, patchy, non-existent or reversed'.

Our first charity fraud conference exceeds expectations, leading to a second in 2016. This time we start with the first ever charity fraud awareness week. A cheeky campaign slogan - 'do you use the F word?' - encourages frank discussion of fraud risk. Summary proceedings are published as Tackling fraud in the charity sector - prevention is better than cure.


We start work with the Charity Commission on a major event to boost the sector's fraud defences. The result is our first national charity fraud conference. Summary proceedings are published as Tackling fraud in the charity sector - making  your money count.



Ros Wright retires as chairman after more than 11 years’ service. Our new chair is David Kirk, former chief criminal counsel at the Financial Services Authority and director of the Fraud Prosecution Service.

We are disappointed to see the National Fraud Authority disbanded just five-and-a-half years after it was created.


Our biggest project to date: a comprehensive review of existing routes to financial redress for fraud victims. This hitherto neglected area is part of the UK's national strategy to reduce fraud (Fighting Fraud Together). Our findings form a series of six booklets, Obtaining redress and improving outcomes for the victims of fraud.


A comprehensive review of the existing routes to financial redress available to fraud victims is completed. The findings are published in a series of six booklets on Obtaining Redress and Improving Outcomes for the Victims of Fraud.

New UK-wide guidance explains how to give to charities safely, whether on the doorstep, in the street or online.

We are among the first to spotlight the many fraud vulnerabilities inherent in the UK's system of company incorporation. An expert roundtable is convened and its proceedings published as Abuse of company incorporation to commit fraud. Thirteen improvements are recommended to the government.


We consider the nature and extent of Fraud in local authorities: past present and future, and gauge changes in perception and practice.

Investigating and prosecuting cases of serious and complex fraud revisits another early and long-standing Panel concern, that the criminal justice system is not fit for purpose when prosecuting the most serious frauds.


Fraud reporting: a shared responsibility closely examines the obligations of UK listed companies to prevent, detect and report corporate fraud. Two stakeholder forums involve more than 50 business leaders and senior figures in law enforcement, regulation and professional services.

Roskill revisited considers how a unified fraud prosecution office and independent oversight body might yet improve fraud prosecution and facilitate a more coherent national anti-fraud strategy.



In the aftermath of banking failures, a recession and an MP's expenses scandal, our annual review argues for the vital importance of restoring trust in business, finance and politics.

Ground-breaking new research into fraud in the charity sector results in a special report, Breach of trust, and a number of supporting events over subsequent years.


A new series of self-help factsheets for individuals and businesses, Fraud facts, includes: email and internet scams; identity fraud; fraud hotspots in smaller businesses; pre-employment screening; and investment scams. Six best-practice leaflets also help fraud investigators comply with data protection.

A new document, Charity fraud, draws attention to this threat and marks the beginning of our long term commitment to raising fraud awareness and resilience in the sector.


We sound the alarm on fraud and misconduct in academic and scientific research with a special conference and a new publication, Fraud in research - is it new or just not true?


The Fraud Review's interim report confirms our long-held view that the state is failing in a basic duty: to offer citizens reasonable protection from crime.  Underfunding of police investigations is the root cause.  The final report goes on to endorse many of our most important proposals. Our long-running campaign for a legal definition and a single substantive offence of fraud concludes successfully with the Fraud Act 2006.


Our annual review highlights the devastating human cost of fraud, making us the first (again) to bring this issue to the attention of policymakers and the public.

An art and crime conference also breaks new ground, exposing the tricks of art crooks and highlighting the latest counter measures.

We join the steering group to establish the UK Government's influential Fraud Review - the first comprehensive review of the nations response to fraud.



Our sustained campaigning bears even more fruit: the new national policing plan classifies fraud and money laundering by serious and organised crime as national policing priorities; the Home Office at last consults on a generic offence of fraud.

The inaugural Great Fraud Debate asks: are too many obstacles placed in the way of the prosecution in serious fraud cases? The event is so popular it becomes biennial.


Rosalind Wright becomes our new chair after six years as SFO director.

Identity fraud has become a scourge. Identity theft: do you know the signs? sets out our recommendations for action. Anew seminar on identity fraud risk is so popular we repeat it in 2004. Anew Criminal Justice Bill adopts most of the Auld Report's views on pre-trial procedures - which were themselves based on our 1998 recommendations.


We are among the fist to highlight the harm fraud does to small and medium-sized enterprises, noting low levels of awareness and preparedness. Ground-breaking research - Indications of fraud in SME's - informs our extensive preventative advice published in Cybercrime: what every SME should know and Fighting fraud: a guide for SME's.


Lord Justice Auld reviews the Criminal Courts of England and Wales and adopts almost all of our proposals for improving jury trials: sentencing discounts; indications for early guilty pleas; better training for judges; expert assessors to replace juries in some serious fraud trials.  Our Cybercrime survey is published in collaboration with the CBI.


We call for urgent government action to: measure fraud losses; make fraud a police priority; clarify data protection in fraud investigations; reform serious fraud trials; improve fraud education and training; create a national anti-fraud commission. The crisis in police resourcing is highlighted (and not for the last time).



Using published sources we estimate annual fraud losses at up to £5bn. Our survey of senior auditors and forensic accountants asks: Why is management reticent to report fraud?


The Fraud Advisory Panel opens its doors. Former SFO director George Staple is its first chair. We are among the first to warn of the dangers of 'internet fraud' and to publish detailed guidance.  We immediately question current procedures in serious fraud trials, including the heavy burden placed on jurors and the low risk of conviction.


ICAEW proposes an independent fraud forum and finds widespread support.