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Millions of dirty Bobroff cash forfeited, thanks to NPA

South Africa’s NPA Asset Forfeiture Unit has gotten a court order forfeiting over R103m of Ronald and Darren Bobroff’s crime-tainted cash held in bank accounts in Israel. They fled SA for Australia, facing charges of fraud and theft. In 2018, they were on Interpol’s globally wanted list. The NPA said the huge forfeiture order was thanks to excellent cooperation between the SA and Israeli authorities. https://blog.fraudcracker.com/millions-of-dirty-bobroff-cash-forfeited-thanks-to-npa/

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How Uber uses psychological tricks to push its drivers’ buttons

Uber carried out an eye-opening, somewhat shady experiment in behavioural science to subtly entice its independent workforce of drivers to maximise its growth. If the drivers knew how Uber was manipulating their behaviour to grow Uber’s revenue, would they have taken part? https://blog.fraudcracker.com/how-uber-uses-psychological-tricks-to-push-its-drivers-buttons/


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Make your meetings a safe space for honest conversation

To have better meetings means leading with mutual respectful, inclusivity, and creating a space safe enough for your people to speak their minds. You can increase the freedom, candour, and quality of conversation in your meetings by focusing on 2 key areas: giving permission and creating safety. https://blog.fraudcracker.com/make-your-meetings-a-safe-space-for-honest-conversation/


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When fraud meets advanced tech

For years, auditors have focused on internal controls to see if the control environment works effectively to reduce the risk of fraud. As standards have evolved to focus more on fraud, so has tech. Yes, innovations such as AI, robotic process automation (RPA) and blockchain may help to detect fraud; but what if they also allow fraudsters to commit harder-to-detect crimes? https://blog.fraudcracker.com/when-fraud-meets-advanced-tech/


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Whistle-blowers are a sign of healthy companies

More whistles blown are a sign of a healthy company, not a sick one. Firms whose hotlines get used more, tend to be more profitable and have less legal exposure, with less damage to brand reputation and stock price. High usage shows open communication between staff and management (and a belief that issues raised will be resolved), rather than real trouble. https://blog.fraudcracker.com/whistle-blowers-are-a-sign-of-healthy-companies/


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Social media: a rising threat to journalists’ freedom

Social media has made democracies more democratic by giving everyone a voice. But it also makes cyberbullies with large followings dangerous enough to make the lives of journalists so unbearable, that they quit. In a worrying trend called cyber-misogyny, women reporters are often the targets of scathing, sexually humiliating, online abuse. How do we protect these courageous reporters who risk their lives in the pursuit of truth for us? https://blog.fraudcracker.com/social-media-a-rising-threat-to-journalists-freedom/