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The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a host of fraud schemes attempting to profit off the crisis. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumer complaints for COVID-19 related scams topped 7,800 in early April, totaling $5 million, with an average loss of $598. U.K. victim losses are currently at just over $1 million. […]

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As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, we’ve begun receiving questions from our clients on how to best handle the many disruptions. To help broadly respond to the situation, we’ve decided to publish our responses and recommendations here. So far, the impacts we’re seeing in and out of Washington state include cancellation of events, declining investment portfolios, […]

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As fraud schemes grow more sophisticated, the methods to combating them must evolve to meet the challenges. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners recently released the results of a study they conducted on how organizations are using technology as part of their anti-fraud initiatives. The report is based on a survey which polled a wide […]

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If you have ever visited the Washington State Gambling Commission’s website, you’ll know how surprisingly complicated raffles can be. There is much more to them than just selling tickets and drawing a winner. To help you stay on the right side of the law, we’ve collected the Do’s and Don’ts of holding a raffle. Eligibility […]

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I recently attended a training that discussed procurement cards—both their increased popularity and the risks associated with using them. During the training, I shared that we have been using technology to help mitigate these risks. This technology can also help reduce risk in many other areas as well, including payroll and disbursements. The Issue with […]

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By Mitch Hansen, CPA, CMA, CFE In our ever-expanding digital world, many of us have had at least one of the following experiences: Being unable to login to your bank’s online banking system; Pop-ups or unexpected requests to change your password; Computer slows, locks up, reboots or won’t shut down; New toolbars or icons; Requests […]

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By Mitch Hansen, CPA, CMA, CFE If you want some real scary reading, put down your Steven King novel and read the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse that is put out biannually by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. According to this study of 1,388 organizations where fraud occurred, the typical […]

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