Fraud Film Festival topics

Forensic Focus - October 2016

The festival is based around four themes (Dishonesty, Investigative Journalism, Corruption and Cyber-crime) that cover prevalent fraud issues faced by New Zealanders today.

The festival films and live industry discussions will bring the content to life as we look to forge new relationships and uncover new approaches to combat fraud.

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Dishonesty itself is not uncommon, but for a small percentage of people, it forms a core part of how they operate on either a personal or professional level. It is also underpins a majority of criminal offences relating to fraud and strikes at the heart of the trust required for basic human interactions to take place. Such people seek financial gain through pulling people into money-making scams with promises they have no intention of meeting, others purport to be someone they are not and some simply make claims that are false. We look at the complex impact that dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society.

See how common place employee fraud can be >

In today's world, people have unprecedented access to vast amounts of news in real time. However, investigative journalism is not simply passing on news in the form of information that already exists. It refers to material that is only available as a consequence of journalistic intervention. Such intervention can take various forms including extensive research, interviews and the exploration of different sources of information, all often on a confidential basis. It can require the journalist to risk their credibility, their careers and even their personal safety. However, when it does work, it can uncover fraud, it can review the functions of large businesses and governments, and it can draw attention to social, economic, political and cultural trends that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. We look at the increasing role investigative journalism plays in shining a light on fraudulent activity the world over.

Some tips from us on how to spot fraud >

Corruption typically occurs where someone has been entrusted with power and has abused it for personal gain. It can happen in both a private and public context and can affect a huge variety of organisations ranging from the operation of national governments, all the way through to the smallest of entities with only a handful of employees. Typically corruption has been most prevalent in the context of political or financial organisations, but recent scandals within FIFA and the IOC demonstrates that it reaches into all aspects of society where influence can be bought and sold. We examine the pervasive effect that corruption can have on human behaviour.

How to mitigate the effect of fraud and corruption >

Cybercrime is an incredibly fast growing phenomenon due to the sheer number of connected people and devices that can be accessed. It is not jurisdiction based - the perpetrator takes advantage of the relative anonymity provided by the internet, often enticing users through bogus websites or email links. It ranges from breaches of personal and corporate privacy, identity theft and transaction-based fraud through to digital piracy, money laundering and counterfeiting. Those engaging in cybercrime can break into email accounts, mobile phones, personal bank accounts as well as crack the systems of large, sophisticated organisations. New trends in cybercrime are emerging all the time, with estimated costs to the global economy running to billions of dollars. Awareness of the threat that cybercrime poses has grown, but we look at just how sophisticated cyber criminals have become.

Take a closer look at the business impact of a cyber attack >

If you would like to discuss any of the themes in the context of your business please contact Ian Tuke


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