While it is still not possible to predict a crime before it occurs, an analysis of the constantly changing nature of fraud and the fraudster can help organisations improve their defenses against these criminal activities. Forewarned is forearmed.
Data was gathered from fraud investigations conducted by KPMG member firms' forensic specialists in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMA), the Americas, and Asia-Pacific between August 2011 and February 2013.
KPMG analysed a total of 596 fraudsters who were involved in acts committed in 78 countries. The survey examined 'white collar' crime investigations conducted across the regions where the perpetrator was known and detailed contextual information on the crime was available.
Our findings indicate that the typical fraudster is:
- 36 to 45 years of age
- generally acting against his/her own organisation
- employed in an executive, finance, operations or sales/marketing function
- holds a senior management position
- employed in the organisation in excess of six years
- frequently acted in concert with others.