• Service: Advisory, Risk Consulting, Forensic, Internal Audit, Risk & Control Services, Topics, Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Fighting Fraud
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 30/08/2011

Who is the typical fraudster? 

KPMG researched 348 cases of fraud across 69 countries from the thousands of cases which KPMG has investigated for its clients. We analysed their motivation and advise on how to improve fraud detection and prevention. Our research also uncovers the new type of fraudster – those people working in the offices of CEOs and MDs.
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Key insights

  • The typical fraudster is usually male, 36 to 45 years old, defrauds own employer, works in the finance function in a senior management position
  • Board members commit nearly one fifth of fraud
  • Fraud in CEO and MDs' offices rose from 11 percent to 26 percent in four years
  • ‘Red flag’ warning signs are being missed and ignored
  • Nearly a third of frauds involve bribes or other forms of corruption.