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Global Fraud Report Key Facts and Figures ● Annual Edition 2011/2012 (Source for all data: Kroll/EIU)

2011 / 2012 KROLL GLOBAL FRAUD REPORT SURVEY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Methodology Kroll commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to conduct a worldwide survey on fraud and its effect on business during 2011. More than 1,200 senior executives worldwide from a broad range of industries and functions were polled in June and July 2011. Twenty three percent were based in North America, 24% in Europe, 28% in Asia-Pacific, 15% in the Middle East & Africa and 11% from Latin America. The survey covered 10 industries with no fewer than 50 respondents from each. These include: Financial Services; Professional Services; Retail and Wholesale; Technology Media and Telecoms; Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals; Travel, Leisure, and Transportation; Consumer Goods; Construction, Engineering, and Infrastructure; Natural Resources; and Manufacturing. Nearly one-half of respondents, 47%, occupy C-suite roles. One-half of participants came from companies with annual revenues of over $500 million.

Top level Findings 

Internal fraud is on the rise. This year’s study shows that 60% of all fraud cases are committed by insiders, up from 55% last year. Among companies that were impacted by fraud, junior employees were the most likely perpetrators at 28% followed by senior management at 21% and intermediaries or agents for the company at 11%. This means that this year, 60% of all frauds committed were by someone who worked for the company in some way.

Information theft, loss or attack continues to be a major threat to businesses worldwide. While the prevalence of information theft, loss or attack declined from 27% to 23%, half of companies surveyed (50%) said they are moderately to highly vulnerable to information theft, up sharply from 38% in 2010. Moreover, IT complexity is the leading cause of increasing fraud exposure, cited by 32% of respondents compared with 28% last year.

The level of concern expressed by companies increased sharply over the past year. Overall, concerns among executives around the globe rose between 10 – 15% for all of the frauds covered in the survey, led by information theft (50%) and corruption and bribery (47%).

Key Themes 

Despite heightened concerns, only 27% of respondents said they are well-prepared to comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act (UKBA). Of those companies that are subject to one of these two laws, less than half, 43%, have trained senior management, agents, vendors and foreign employees to be compliant with one of these laws, and just 39% have assessed the risks arising from them. Furthermore, only 37% of companies surveyed believe that their due diligence provides a sufficient understanding of a potential partner’s or investment target’s compliance with these acts.

Businesses continue to struggle with anti-fraud strategies. The survey reveals that the most affected companies are much less likely to have invested in any anti-fraud measures. Among the most affected, the leading contributor to increased fraud exposure, cited by 36% of respondents, is weakening of internal controls.

This year’s survey found that, on average, fraud cost companies 2.1% of earnings in the last 12 months, which is equivalent to a week of revenues over the course of a year. Eighteen percent lost more than 4% of revenues to fraud in the year, while 53 companies, or one quarter of that group, lost more than 10% of revenues to fraud.

Prevalence of Fraud Types

Which of the following has increased your company's exposure to fraud? Complexity of IT Infrastructure


High staff turnover


Entry to new, riskier markets


Weaker internal controls


Increased collaboration between firms


Cost restraint over pay and renumeration


Reduced revenues or revenue growth


Tougher laws increasing regulatory pressure



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Regional Differences 

North America has the lowest average fraud loss for any region, as well as the lowest regional incidence for many of the frauds covered in the survey with the exception of information theft and IP theft. Even though information theft decreased slightly in the past 12 months, it remains the most common fraud in the region. Respondents reported investment in a broad array of anti-fraud measures, including IT security, IP controls, financial controls, and risk management.

Canada performed very well in the last year relative to other regions. It has the lowest loss rate than any other region and saw a drop in nine of the 11 frauds covered by the survey. More than half of the Canadian respondents said they have avoided operating in - or have left - a region because of fraud. Increased comfort levels in this relatively benign fraud environment have led to companies being less likely than average to invest in anti-fraud strategies.

Mexico has a widespread fraud problem. Companies posted above average incidences for eight of the 11 frauds with the biggest problem being corruption and bribery. Theft of physical assets is well above average and information theft, compounded by growing IT complexity, is also a significant risk. Even though they are aware of these dangers, Mexican companies are either less likely or only about as likely as average to invest in every anti-fraud strategy covered in the survey.

The proportion of Latin American respondents saying that they are at least moderately vulnerable to every fraud covered in the survey grew substantially this year, and in five of the 11 cases at least doubled. Corruption is the fastest growing problem with nearly one in four companies (23%) hit in the last 12 months, up from 13% the year before. Seventy percent of respondents say they are moderately to highly vulnerable to this fraud, up from 20% last year. Companies in this region are investing in a range of fraud prevention strategies, including IT security, physical asset security, and financial controls.

Even though the overall prevalence of fraud has decreased in Europe, the incidence of nine of the 11 frauds has increased in this region. Only 23% of European companies said that they had suffered no financial losses from fraud, down significantly from 47% last year. Companies in Europe feel most vulnerable to information theft, loss or attack. Despite these growing concerns, the region is less likely than average to adopt most anti-fraud strategies.

Africa reported the highest incidence of fraud among any region, with 85% of respondents falling victim to fraud in the past year. Corruption is a major problem, with 78% of companies in Africa indicating a high or moderate vulnerability to bribery & corruption. Africa remains the region where the experience or perception of fraud has dissuaded most companies from operating. While companies in Africa widely adopt anti-fraud strategies, weaker internal controls will make them less effective.

While the number of companies that have suffered from fraud has fallen, Middle Eastern companies saw substantial growth of several specific types of fraud this year such as bribery & corruption and supply chain fraud compared to last year. Despite such worries, companies are

undermining their own anti-fraud efforts: one-third of respondents said that weaker internal controls are increasing their exposure to fraud. 

India has one of the highest levels of prevalence (84%) in the world, behind Africa but in line with China. Companies cited corruption and bribery (31%) and information theft, loss or attack (27%) as the most common frauds experienced over the past year. Moreover, the region has a higher prevalence than the overall average for eight of the 11 frauds in the survey. Despite this, less than 50% invest in anti-fraud measures such as employee background screening, partner or third party due diligence, and risk management systems, even though 59% of those that suffered from fraud said it was an inside job.

Respondents from Southeast Asia reported the highest rates of vendor, supplier, or procurement fraud and management conflict of interest and face above average levels of corruption and bribery. Corruption is a top concern for companies in this region this year, with 70% indicating that their organization is highly or moderately vulnerable to this threat. Despite this recognition, 52% said that weaker internal controls have increased their organizations’ exposure to fraud– the highest level for any region.

Eighty four percent of respondents in China fell victim to fraud in the past year, the second highest figure after Africa. China had the highest prevalence figures for vendor, supplier, or procurement fraud and information theft, loss, or attack among any country surveyed. The biggest driver of increased exposure in China is high staff turnover. While companies are responding with above average investment in staff-related fraud prevention, these measures are not enough as China experiences a high level of fraud perpetrated by senior management.

Type of Fraud by Region Theft of physical assets or stock Information theft, loss or attack Management conflict of interest Vendor, supplier or procurement fraud Internal financial fraud or theft Corruption and bribery Financial mismanagement Regulatory or compliance breach IP theft, piracy or counterfeiting Market collusion Money laundering

all respondents 24.8% 22.9% 20.8% 19.6% 19.1% 18.9% 15.7% 11.0% 10.2% 9.1% 3.7%

Africa 38.5% 22.3% 27.7% 30.8% 32.3% 37.7% 32.3% 9.2% 7.7% 13.8% 13.1%

Middle East 10.5% 26.3% 22.8% 24.6% 19.3% 21.1% 12.3% 7.0% 12.3% 8.8% 3.5%

LatAM 25.0% 23.5% 20.6% 22.8% 17.6% 22.8% 8.8% 11.8% 6.6% 6.6% 2.2%

N. America 22.5% 25.6% 15.2% 12.5% 13.5% 6.6% 10.0% 9.3% 13.8% 5.5% 3.1%

Asia-Pacific 25.0% 24.7% 23.9% 24.7% 22.1% 24.4% 20.7% 14.4% 11.2% 10.6% 2.0%

Europe 23.5% 18.2% 19.2% 14.0% 16.3% 13.7% 11.7% 9.8% 7.8% 9.4% 2.9%

Industry Challenges:

Financial Services: Despite some notable progress against information theft, loss or attack and theft of physical assets, this was another difficult fraud year for the financial services industry. Companies in this sector had the highest rate of loss of any sector (2.7% of revenue) and the highest prevalence of information theft, loss or attack (29%), internal financial fraud (29%), regulatory and compliance breaches (19%), and money laundering (10%).

Consumer Goods: This year, consumer goods companies saw a decline in the traditional risks areas associated with the sector - theft of physical assets (27%), information theft, loss or attack (15%) and financial mismanagement (8%) - the lowest figure for any sector. At the same time, it experienced a rise in vendor, supplier and procurement fraud (23%), internal financial fraud (23%), and corruption and bribery (19%).

Technology, Media and Telecoms: This sector had a mixed fraud picture over the last year. Although it experienced a noticeable decline in overall fraud prevalence particularly for information theft, loss or attack (from 37% to 29%) and IP theft (from 27% to 22%), it still had the highest prevalence of these two frauds of any industry. Other areas of concern include vendor, supplier or procurement fraud (up from 15% to 21%), financial mismanagement (up from 10% to 16%) and corruption and bribery (up from 7% to 11%).

Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: This was a challenging year for the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology sector. On average, companies lost 2.6% of revenue to fraud, the second highest figure for any sector. The sector faces much more diverse risks than previous years, with information theft, loss or attack seeing the greatest increase (from 19% to 26%) followed by internal financial fraud (up from 13% to 24%), vendor, supplier or procurement fraud (up from 11% to 23%), and financial mismanagement (up from 11% to 20%).

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution: While the retail, wholesale and distribution sector has experienced a drop in theft of physical assets (from 41% to 28%) and information theft, loss or attack (from 26% to 14%), it is seeing a growth in internal financial fraud (from 13% to 26%), market collusion (from 2% to 15%), and even corruption and bribery (from 4% to 9%). The

sector logs the highest percentage of companies reporting high staff turnover (33%), cost restraints over pay (31%), and weakened internal controls (29%) as the reasons for increased fraud exposure. 

Construction, Engineering & Infrastructure: Despite a noticeable drop in the overall prevalence of fraud, companies in this sector continue to struggle with theft of physical assets (32%), corruption and bribery (24%) and market collusion (11%). Unlike last year, firms in this sector are less likely to invest in eight of the 10 anti-fraud strategies even though high staff turnover remains the biggest driver of increased fraud exposure.

Natural Resources: This sector had the highest percentage of companies hit by fraud in the last year. The sector had the highest prevalence of corruption and bribery of any industry (29%) and also the highest percentage of companies saying that they are highly or moderately vulnerable to this fraud (62%). Other areas of concern include theft of physical assets (up from 28% to 33%) and information theft, loss or attack which held steady with last year’s figure of 22%.

Manufacturing: The overall outlook for this industry is a cause for concern. Manufacturing companies posted the highest incidence of theft of physical assets (34%), vendor, supplier, or procurement fraud (30%), and management conflict of interest (24%) of all sectors, with high staff turnover cited as the leading reason for the increase in fraud exposure.

Professional Services: Professional services companies report the second lowest percentage of companies hit by fraud (after travel, leisure and transportation) at 67%. Even so, the sector continues to struggle with persistent issues around IP theft and information theft, loss or attack, and is more likely to cite IT complexity as the leading cause of increased fraud exposure.

Travel, Leisure & Transportation: For a second successive year, this sector registered better fraud figures than those of any other sectors. Companies saw the lowest level of information theft, loss or attack (12%) and market collusion (4%) as well as a notable decline in vendor, supplier or procurement fraud. Despite the low level prevalence, the sector reported a marked increase in fraud exposure and saw a rise in five of the 11 frauds covered in the survey.

Key Graphs and Tables Chart I: Percentage of companies affected by listed frauds 2011 Theft of physical assets 25% Information theft 23% Management conflict of interest 21% Vendor, supplier or procurement fraud 20% Internal financial fraud 19% Corruption and bribery 19% Financial mismanagement 16% Regulatory or compliance breach 11% Internal financial fraud 10% Market collusion 9% Money laundering 4%

2010 27% 27% 19% 15% 13% 10% 13% 12% 10% 7% 7%

Chart II: Proportion of companies describing themselves as highly or moderately vulnerable to the following frauds 2011 2010 Information theft 50% 38% Corruption and bribery 47% 38% Theft of physical assets 46% 34% Management conflict of interest 44% 27% Vendor, supplier or procurement fraud 42% 26% Regulatory or compliance breach 41% 30% IP theft 40% 27% Financial mismanagement 39% 30% Internal financial fraud 38% 27% Market collusion 31% N/A Money laundering 25% 19%

Chart III: If your company has suffered information loss, theft or attack, what kind of information was targeted Personally identifying information - customers Personally identifying information - employees Personal health information Proprietary data, including intellectual property Other Don’t know We haven’t suffered from this kind of fraud

16.7% 11.9% 2.8% 20.6% 6.5% 8.3% 47.4%

Additional Findings 

Corruption, bribery and regulation: o o o

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Factors deterring market entry or operating in foreign markets: o o o o o o

Corruption and bribery – 28% Information theft, loss or attack – 11% IP theft, piracy or counterfeiting – 10% Vendor, supplier or procurement fraud – 8% Regulatory or compliance breach – 8% Theft of physical assets or stock – 8%

Preparedness for other regulation: o o o

47% of respondents consider their companies moderately to highly vulnerable to corruption and bribery. It is the leading risk causing companies to avoid investing in new regions or countries at 28%. Only 43% of respondents believe their companies have trained their managers, agents, vendors and foreign employees to be both familiar and compliant with the UK Bribery Act and FCPA. Just 39% have made a thorough assessment of risks to their organizations as a result of the UKBA or FCPA and have ongoing monitoring systems in place. Just over half (54%) of companies say they have adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery at all levels. Only 34% of respondents say their compliance regimes are more global as a result of the extraterritorial reach of the UKBA and FCPA. Only 37% believe their due diligence in advance of an acquisition, joint venture or financing provides sufficient understanding of a target’s compliance with the Acts.

Data privacy / protection – 71% say they are reasonably to well-prepared compared with 26% who say they are not Anti-trust / competition – 58% say they are reasonably to well-prepared compared with 28% who say they are not Financial regulation – 80% say they are reasonably to well-prepared compared with 15% who say they are not

Of those companies that recently suffered from information theft, the type of information targeted: o o o o

Proprietary data including IP – 20.6% Customer information – 16.7% Employee Information – 11.9% Personal health information – 2.8%

Marketing Contacts Americas: Amy Malsin: +212 833 3363 | Asia / EMEA: Madhu Mirpuri: +852 2884 7718 |

Kroll Global Fraud Report Executive Summary 2011-2012  

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