International Fraud Awareness Week: November 15-21

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) recognizes the week of November 15-21 as International Fraud Awareness Week. The Statewide Office of Audit and Consulting Services will participate by offering a virtual training on fraud identification and prevention.  

With the topic of fraud in mind, remember to be vigilant when you receive emails that are not expected and contain a request for action (usually related to remitting a payment or providing account login details) combined with a sense of urgency.  A recent ACFE training highlighted an increase in COVID-19 fraud related to fraudulent wire payment requests.  Understandably, the pandemic has caused a number of process changes due to business environment disruptions.  This could leave employees feeling uncertain about the current processes or procedures.  When in doubt, if a request is unusual, or if the email contains unusual attributes, we suggest that you verify the authenticity of the request.

An Overview of Fraud Prevention and Detection
November 19, 2020 – 10-11 a.m.
Zoom Virtual Training - 60 minutes

Could you spot fraud if it was happening in your department? Do you know the four factors that contribute to fraud? The status quo is changing all the time and at a pace faster than ever. This presentation will share some fraud discoveries at Institutions of Higher Education. It will provide examples of ways to prevent and detect fraud and what to do once fraud is discovered.

Presented by Niki Countryman, CPA, CIA, CFE, CMA
Senior Internal Auditor, Statewide Office of Audit and Consulting Services

To register please complete the information on this Survey Monkey link. /NK6FGZN
The ZOOM link for the virtual event will be emailed in the reminder email the day before the event to all confirmed registrants. If you have any
questions please contact Niki Countryman, Senior Internal Auditor, by phone at 907-786-7756 or by email at

UA Confidential Hotline
As a reminder, the UA Confidential Hotline is available as a tool to use to report tips and concerns which you do not feel you can report through your department’s normal procedures.  Reporters may choose to remain anonymous when filing their report, but the ability to follow-up on the report could become limited depending on the reporter’s willingness to provide information.  Please use the link below to explore the hotline reporting options.  You will find that the hotline was set up to receive a number of different issue types and areas.  The tips and concerns are routed for follow-up by individuals that would normally be responsible for reviewing them (i.e. follow-up is not performed by A&CS for all issue types).

UA Confidential Hotline