Should You Go Phishing With Your Employees?

Every business owner is aware of the threat posed by cybercriminals. If a hacker were to gain access to the sensitive data about your business, customers or employees, the damage to your reputation and profitability could be severe. You’re also probably aware of the specific danger of “phishing.” This is when a fraudster sends a […]

How Effectively Does Your Business Manage Risk?

From natural disasters and government shutdowns to cyberattacks and fraud, risks abound in today’s volatile, uncertain marketplace. While some level of risk is inevitable when operating a business, proactive owners and executives apply an enterprise risk management (ERM) framework to manage it more effectively. Evolving framework The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission […]

Nonprofits: Internal Audits Still Matter

Fraud doesn’t simply take a vacation during crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. If your not-for-profit’s internal controls aren’t effective, crooked individuals can find ways to exploit them and steal from your organization — even if they’re working remotely. Other threats, such as financial shortfalls, might also loom. So it’s important to continue to schedule […]

3 Steps To “Stress Test” Your Business

During the COVID-19 crisis, you can’t afford to lose sight of other ongoing risk factors, such as cyberthreats, fraud, emerging competition and natural disasters. A so-called “stress test” can help reveal blind spots that threaten to disrupt your business. A comprehensive stress test requires the following three steps. 1. Identify the risks your business faces […]

Fraud prevention is easier than you may think

Most research has found that nonprofit organizations are no more likely to fall victim to occupational fraud than their for-profit peers. On the other hand, there’s reason to believe that nonprofits underreport fraud incidents and are reluctant to prosecute thieving employees to protect their reputation with donors and the public. The fact is, according to […]

Stop employee credit card abuse before it starts

A nonprofit staffer charged legitimate travel-related expenses to her employer’s credit card. Although she intended to file an expense report, her employer never asked for it — nor did the employer question her when it received the card statement. The employee was recently divorced and under unusual financial pressure, so when she couldn’t pay for […]

IRS issues warning on email scam targeting payroll and HR departments

Wheeler Wolfenden and Dwares, CPAs received an important notice from the Internal Revenue Service warning about an email scam that is once again happening across the country. The IRS notice, dated January 25, 2017, states: The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today renewed their warning about an email scam that […]

The Case for Internal Controls: Reducing Fraud is Easier Than You May Think

The core of any organization’s fraud-prevention program is strong internal controls. Yet too many nonprofits either fail to develop controls that address common risks or, if they establish controls, neglect to enforce them. Your nonprofit must do both if it wants to help prevent occupational theft and fraud perpetrated by outsiders. Charities at Risk According […]