Leveraging Data Analytics to Fight Fraud

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Understanding Fraud

In 2020, more than 2.1 million fraud reports were received by the Federal Trade Commission from consumers. As a result, fighting fraud continues to be on the mind of consumers and businesses everywhere. 

Consumers have lost significant sums of money and so have companies. Additionally, fraud ravages a company's reputation and can harm consumer confidence in the enterprise's security. Fraud also threatens companies' ability to retain business partners, a workforce, and customers.  

Fraud is, by definition, the willing misrepresentation of facts as they exist or the omission and concealment of facts to convince another party to act against their interests. Examples of fraud include but are not limited to:

  • Asset misappropriation

  • Bribery and corruption

  • Financial statement deception

  • Imposter scams

  • Online shopping fraud

Fighting fraud is possible with the right data analytics to unearth anomalies and zero in on scammers.

 

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Principles for Fighting Fraud in an Organization

Because scams and fraud can damage an organization's ability to conduct business, successfully implementing a fraud risk governance method is vital. This governance is made possible by formal mechanisms that act as antifraud systems. 

A lack of this governance effort undermines the entire pursuit of fighting fraud. An organization's meticulous and diligent efforts may also establish a culture and reputation for integrity. Since scammers can be relentless, making sense of the fraud your organization faces is essential.

A company should also outline conflict disclosure practices, reporting procedures, an investigation process, and corrective actions in a breach of protocols. Since quality assurance means formalizing a way to prevent mistakes, companies should also deploy regular monitoring and reporting as part of fraud governance.

A fraud risk assessment requires reviewing how employees interact with company resources. The fraud triangle (Opportunity, Pressure, and Rationalization) is, in part, composed of employee incentives and opportunities. This component includes upper management. Clear and detailed controls are imperative to the success of this effort.

Having a proactive method is a preference of companies as it means more than simply responding to fraud after it happens. For this reason, fraud prevention is how the systems and controls are most effective. This method requires continued awareness and understanding of principles around fraud and the threats they pose.

Critical metrics for fraud detection are how policies highlight common causes and isolate potential threats that have shown up. As data analytics demonstrates the presence of anomalies, a response team can devise an appropriate solution.

Driving the speed of effective fraud detection is monitoring and reporting that brings the correct person to the issue at hand. Therefore, outlines for roles and responsibilities are necessary. These outlines allow reporting to feed data to personnel who have solutions and responses that fit the threat.

 

Data Analytics and How They Work

Data analytics requires the pipeline of data for an organization to be explored and analyzed to determine what meaningful trends, patterns, and even anomalies occur within it. Data mining is how the pertinent information is collected and broken down. The mining process stores and organizes data into functional warehouses. These storage spaces may be cloud-based or a part of on-premises servers.

Professionals make use of the data in a way that is relevant to its application and share it through the most secure means available.

Data management allows for the acquisition of data but also the validation of it. Storing data requires any party with access to it to provide a good set of keys, codes, or metrics proving their right to access it. This process creates a reliable method of approaching data and informing business decisions. Data management also may aid in finding business opportunities.

The investigatory part of data analytics is known as statistical analysis. This component allows analysts to draw meaningful conclusions from the trends, anomalies, patterns, and relationships they discover within quantitative data.

Scientists, businesses, governments, and other institutions use data analytics. As a result, making decisions about what is found in the statistical analysis process can change the shape of fraud response and prevention.

Data presentation is how data analytics helpfully displays data. This presentation can take the form of graphs or other visuals that effectively convey the nature of a specified aspect of data. In addition, data presentation allows accurate models of a dataset's impact to be displayed.

 

Role of Data Analytics in the Fight against Fraud

Businesses must recognize and control fraud threats whenever possible. Data analytics presents the most accurate trends and patterns and turns them into something actionable. Formal systems outline the responsibilities and capabilities of the professionals tasked with handling them.

Data analytics helps in the fight against fraud by giving fraud fewer places to hide. In addition, the organization that can see anomalies carrying business operations into unsustainable or vulnerable directions can act on the findings soonest. 

Actions to prevent and respond to fraud also depend on communication. Data analytics allows a clear indication of what data sets may be impacted by fraud. Moreover, uncovering these harmful activities attracts capable parties to the violation. Doing more to prevent, detect, and act in the face of fraud is integral to any process that will help quash the outright chaos that fraud can bring.

 

Benefits of Leveraging Data Analytics

Data analytics fuels better customer experiences. Knowing who your ideal consumer base is and addressing their needs based on data is invaluable. Businesses become more intelligent and guide their decisions more precisely with effective data collection.

There are additional opportunities to deploy services and capabilities to the marketplace, reducing development time and increasing security. Mitigating risk also flattens the ripples of costly actions in response to fraud or scams. Action in advance of the fraud can enhance the focus of your organization.

Improvements in the effectiveness of an organization are available when historical analysis clearly shows what is next in the market's pattern before it even occurs. 

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Rising costs of travel, unorganized receipts, clerical errors in data can disrupt an organization's ability to evaluate its performance. Saving your business time and money gets you back on track and headed toward the mission.

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