Commercial and corporate investigations take many shapes and forms in today’s complex business environment. Budgets are becoming stretched and the challenges facing a business and its employees can sometimes lead to issues that start off small, but then lead to wider spread problems which can affect the very fabric of your organisation and damage both your credibility and bottom line profits.
The kinds of issues that we are referring to are matters like employee theft, company fraud and industrial espionage. Some of these can start off on a relatively small scale but as time progresses, and the perpetrator becomes bolder in their endeavours (normally due to a lack of detection), the situation can soon become out of control and start damaging your business.
At Insight Investigations we have faced these scenarios on many occasions and our highly experienced team are well versed in spotting these problems, bringing them to the surface, and identifying the culprits. The behaviour indicators and activities that they look out for are wide reaching and our investigators are comprehensively trained on how to spot them.
Typical warning signs might include:
- Individuals with large debts who may be looking for personal gain
- Transactions that take place at unusual times, with odd amounts of money going to conspicuous recipients
- Missing documents with only photocopies available
- Alterations and back dating on documents
- Employees that control a process from start to finish with nobody else involved
- Discrepancies in accounting records
These are just some of the indicators that might suggest that a company fraud is taking place. Our professional investigators will not ‘jump to any conclusions’. It is only after a thorough investigation has taken place, evidence gathered, and when appropriate questions have been asked that we make our conclusions and then advise you on what action to take. It can often be the case that there is nothing to worry about; it’s only when there are a series of behaviours that happen together that there may be a valid cause for concern.
It is often true that many serious frauds and corruption are committed by people who are very senior in the organisation because they have the power to conduct fraudulent transactions and have the wherewithal to cover them up. You can be confident that Insight Investigations will look at all tiers within an organisation if fraudulent activity is taking place.
Investigating company fraud is just one aspect of what Insight Investigations offer. In addition to this, other services that we provide include:
- Due Diligence Investigations
- Competitor Profiling Investigations
- Employee Theft Investigations
- Employee Absenteeism & Misconduct
- GPS Tracking
- Surveillance Investigations
We are specialists in all these areas and can provide you with the know how and expertise to conduct commercial investigations and corporate investigations within your organisation. We will enable you to make informed decisions about any of the aforementioned issues that you may be facing.
Any organisation, large or small, can be vulnerable to internal threats and require assistance in how to counteract them. Of course prevention is often better than cure so you might need to ask yourself questions like ‘Have you carried out a fraud risk assessment?’, and ‘How robust is your process for vetting staff?’
Insight Investigations experienced team can be pro-active in the vetting of your current and prospective staff. You may not be aware that organised crime groups target certain organizations to obtain insider information for criminal purposes and industrial espionage. Vetting should also be seen as ongoing best practice in your organisation, not a one-off procedure.
Many frauds happen because there are a lack of controls and appropriate management processes. Any prospective fraudster will look to exploit these weaknesses so if something is troubling you in your organisation and you need some advice on how to tackle it then please speak to one of our expert team on 0800 14 55 123.
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