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  • Service: Advisory
  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 7/5/2011

Who is the typical fraudster? 

KPMG Analysis of Global Patterns of Fraud

KPMG's 2011 global analysis of fraud trends can help you to draw inferences. We have narrowed down the profile of a typical fraudster, based on scrutiny of actual instances of fraud, to help organisations like yours become more alert and responsive to fraud.

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KPMG International's 2011 study follows our 2007 analysis of fraudulent behaviors within the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region (EMA). Our last report proved so popular that we have now extended our analysis worldwide. We have sought to identify patterns among individuals who have committed acts of fraud and contrasted the value and duration as well as many other characteristics.

Our research is based on 348 actual fraud investigations conducted by KPMG member firms in 69 countries. While it includes some high-profile reported cases of fraud, for the most part, these investigations were not publicised. The sample is very broad in the size and scope of fraud committed and is far-reaching in terms of the sectors and geographies covered.