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1st Edition

A Comprehensive Look at Fraud Identification and Prevention

ISBN 9780367871338
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

Fraudulent activity can approach you or your organization through a variety of avenues, ranging from the cyber world, social media, unsolicited e-mails, poor hiring practices, dishonest associates, and weak operating procedures. With a focus on prevention measures, A Comprehensive Look at Fraud Identification and Prevention presents proven tips, advice, and recommendations for fraud awareness, protection, and prevention.

The book supplies a detailed examination of the wide range of threats that exist to provide you with a plan to protect the assets of your organization, and even your own assets, against the many faces of fraud in today's technologically advanced environment. The many types of fraud covered include:

  • Employee theft and fraud

  • Organizational fraud

  • Identity theft and fraud

  • Fraud against the elderly

  • Internet, computer, and e-mail fraud

  • Ponzi and pyramid schemes

The methods of prevention presented in the book are based on what is referred to as the path of least resistance. With fraud and other types of criminal activity, criminals take the path with the fewest barriers in their way. By implementing the methods presented in this book, you will be able to deter would-be criminals and send them on their way to search for easier targets with fewer barriers.

Discussion categories include identification and prevention aspects for organizational and individual frauds along with the many avenues used to facilitate the attacks. Explaining how some fraud typologies can overlap and co-mingle, the book provides the methods you need to protect your organization, and yourself, from becoming a target and victim of fraud.

Table of Contents

Fraud. Employee Theft and Fraud. Organizational Fraud. Small Business Fraud. Investment Fraud. Organized Retail Fraud/Theft. Frauds Targeting the Individual. Frauds against the Elderly. Advance Fee Fraud. Identity Theft/Identity Fraud. Internet Fraud. Internet, Computer, and E-mail Fraud.

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James "Rick" Youngblood, CPP, CFE, has extensive experience in the fields of loss prevention, security, investigations, law enforcement, and fraud. A retired chief warrant officer from the US Army with more than 21 years on active duty and in the National Guard as a CID (Criminal Investigation Command) special agent, Rick has authored numerous articles on the topics of fraud, security, and loss prevention for many national publications and has provided presentations on fraud, security, and loss prevention for many national and international organizations, including ASIS (Advancing Security Worldwide•), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute for International Research, and more. He is also a current and longtime member of the ASIS Crime and Loss Prevention Council and is a member of the ASIS Investigations Council.Rick holds a master’s degree in financial management and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/business management.


"In this text, Rick Youngblood delivers an up-to-date assessment of various fraudulent schemes that we hear about on an almost daily basis."
—Lawrence J. Fennelly, CHL III, CPO, CSS and Marianna A. Perry, MS, CPP

"If you have a business, or if you are a consumer, you have been the victim of fraud at some point. You can either accept the losses, or you can protect yourself. A Comprehensive Look at Fraud Identification and Prevention will provide you with many of the tools you need to stop being a victim of fraud. It is written by an experienced fraud examiner who explains the most common schemes businesses and individuals fall victim to, as well as tips on how to prevent these frauds. It is a great resource for all of us who want to protect our hard-earned dollars."
—John D. Gill, J.D., CFE, Vice President – Education, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

"James has combined his research with personal experiences on fraud to produce a book that will be a welcome reference for law enforcement, crime prevention practitioners, security practitioners and those who operate in the front line of social work in protecting the young, vulnerable and elderly."

"Fraud may never go away but knowledge of how fraudsters operate will assist in preventing you from being their next victim. This book achieves that. Its style is one that can easily be read by those who have an interest in raising their awareness of the subject making it suitable for the security/crime prevention professional’s library of reference material as well as ordinary folk wanting to improve their personal security."
—Raymond V. Andersson, RSecP, ICPS, FSyl, FCiiSCM, AFAIM

"Author Rick Youngblood brings more than 20 years of military criminal investigation experience combined with a unique blend of advanced academics to the subject of fraud identification and prevention, and he does so in a way that is easily understood and digested by the reader.