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Financial Investigation Unit

 

FRAUD

Guernsey Police Fraud Department has been amalgamated into the joint Financial Investigation Unit with the Guernsey Border Agency at Ozanne Hall, Mignot Plateau, Cornet Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey. 

We can be reached at Tel 01481 755844, E-mail: fraud@guernsey.pnn.police.uk, Fax: 01481 710466 or by Post at the above address.

The joint unit deals with a wide variety of crime matters including allegations of fraud perpetrated by Guernsey residents and companies

Principally the unit will investigate:-

1) Serious and complex local frauds;
2) Locally reported Commercial Fraud;
3) Cases that involve local victims of international fraud (ie lottery scams, advance fee frauds or similar and investment frauds)
4) Cash forfeiture investigations from any Police led investigation or activity;
5) Money laundering investigations locally based or generated from a police investigation;
6) Local bribery or corruption offences falling within the responsibility of the department.


The unit is also the Bailiwick's Interpol liaison office and assists other law enforcement agencies worldwide. 

All Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests are dealt with by the Guernsey Border Agency who should be contacted in the first instance fiu@gba.gov.gg


Fraud in your organisation

RED FLAGS

Occasionally, the way people behave might suggest that they are committing a fraud.  This behaviour creates signs that are referred to as 'red flags'.  Individually, some "red flags" may not be any cause for immediate concern; however several "red flags" together, may result in suspicions being raised.  Individuals may also communicate desire for personal financial gain whilst being in considerable debt.

Some examples of "red flags" include;

1) An employee who has control of a process from start to finish with no segregation of duties;
2) Monitory transactions taking place during unusual times of the day, with increased frequency, for unusual amounts or to suspicious recipients;
3) Internal controls that are not enforced, or often compromised by higher authorities;
4) Discrepancies in accounting records and unexplained items on reconciliations;
5) Inconsistent, vague or implausible responses arising from inquiries;
6) Significant changes in personal behaviour;
7) Unusual discrepancies between the client's records and confirmation replies;
8) Missing inventory or physical assets;
9) Excessive voids or credits;
10) Missing documents, or only photocopied documents available;
11) Common names or addresses of payees or customers;
12) Alterations on documents (eg back dating);
13) Duplication (eg duplicate payments);
14) Audit findings deemed to be errors or irregularities;
15) Collusion among employees, where there is little or no supervision

 

If you have been affected by fraud or would like advice please contact Fraud, FIU on 01481 755844 or email fraud@guernsey.pnn.police.uk

Regular media releases can be found on Guernsey Police Facebook (www.facebook.com/guernseypolice) as well as the Guernsey Press, TV and Radio.


USEFUL LINKS

www.actionfraud.police.uk

If you wish to report a fraud that is linked to the UK then please contact Action Fraud.  This is the UK's national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime.  The online site is easy to follow with clear instructions on how to register the details.  Once completed, a crime reference will be given and the information you provide will be analysed and assessed.  This will be shared with other law enforcement agencies if deemed necessary.

www.financialfraudaction.org.uk

Financial Fraud Action UK provides information about the various types of payment fraud as well as advice about lessening your chances of becoming a victim and what to do if you become one.

If you are the victim of a payment fraud, then your bank/card provider is the first place you should seek to contact.  Guernsey Police and Action Fraud (see above) should also be informed and a crime reference number will be provided to you.