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Fraud 101: Techniques and Strategies for Detection 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471373094
ISBN-10: 0471373095
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Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Despite our centuries-long history with fraud as a serious threat to both private and public entities, fraud itself has continued to prosper while information and expertise on effective methods, resources, and training mechanisms for combating it have largely dissipated—until now.

Fraud statistics covering the past decade are inarguably staggering. A recent audit of the private firms that administer Medicare reveals that fraud costs the program an estimated $20 billion annually, and that of the 4,008 fraud cases initiated by contractors in 1996, only 5 percent were a result of proactive case development. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that the cost of employee and management fraud exceeds $100 billion annually. And of the 20 percent of all fraud that is revealed and prosecuted, most has been discovered by accident, and so offers little in terms of education. Clearly, traditional approaches have failed to curtail this all too pervasive problem and there is a growing need for a proactive approach that focuses on prevention. This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind guide will serve as an indispensable tool for business managers and owners, accountants, consultants, CFOs, controllers, and auditors who need to learn about auditing specifically for fraud.

Written by an accountant with over 30 years of proactive fraud-specific auditing experience, Fraud 101 is the only book that presents fresh new insights on the nature of fraud and contains in-depth descriptions of the different types of fraud along with proven methods of prevention. Here you will find:

  • Step-by-step guidance on how to perform an effective audit
  • Numerous real-world case studies, many of which are based on the author’s actual experience
  • Discussions of the major types of fraud with an audit detection procedure for each

. . .and much more. Fraud 101 unveils the real world of fraud–and provides the tools to detect it.

From the Back Cover

The tools and know-how for keeping fraud out of your business

Based on Howard Davia's groundbreaking work, Fraud 101, Second Edition offers step-by-step guidelines to fraud detection and prevention, complete with the tools you need to stop fraud in its tracks before it even starts. Reflecting the latest techniques and standards, this Second Edition:

  • Provides unique insights into the nature of fraud and the mind-set needed to combat it
  • Discusses the latest legislation and other pronouncements
  • Provides proven solutions showing how to expose different types of fraud
  • Includes numerous case studies illustrating how easy it can be to commit fraud, and how difficult it can be to prosecute the crime

Root out fraud before it happens with the invaluable, hands-on approach found in Fraud 101, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471373095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471373094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Frooninckx VINE VOICE on July 27, 2008
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As typical of a textbook format, this book goes into detail of Fraud and actually repeats much of the information. It was interesting to see how Enron and Worldcom have affected the search for and detection of Fraud. For a class, this would make a great textbook, but for general reading, it was a bit difficult to get through the whole book.
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Whether you are a mystery reader or a professional auditor or a CEO/CFO, you will gain from reading this book.

Mr Howard Silverstone shared his experience magnanimously. He guided the reader patiently using easily followed step-by-step approach to carry out fraud investigation.

However, I find (and Mr Howard Silverstone kept repeating in the book) that the facts are over-simplified. I suspected this has been the case to enable non-expert to follow the book.

In essence, this is a book that allows all levels of readers to heighten their awareness on the presence of fraud penetrators and the need to enhance internal controls as a deterrent.
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Fraud is ever present, especially now. Authors Howard Silverstone and Howard R. Davia suggest that in recent years fraud has moved from the periphery of the corporate world to the center of it - from small, unprofitable, marginal companies to the biggest blue chips. The headlines about Enron, WorldCom and Global Crossing suggest that the authors are right. They do a commendable job of categorizing and explaining various kinds of fraud and the circumstances that make scams profitable. They offer enough anecdotes to fill a mystery novel writer's idea file for a year. Given that their book is also accessible, intelligible and, at times, even entertaining, we recommend protecting your company by reading it carefully. This may be your opportunity to avoid ever finding yourself at a board meeting trying to figure out "Who done it?"
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By David Scrani on October 30, 2015
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Not what I was expecting
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