Discover different types of fraudsters
Fraudster Personas help you and your entity be more aware of the common methods used by fraudsters.
Understanding fraud risk is a creative process and it helps to think like a fraudster when evaluating processes and countermeasures. Case studies reveal that those who commit fraud tend to use common tried and tested methods. Knowing what these common methods are can help you anticipate how fraudsters might target a government program or function.
The Fraudster Personas can help you think like a fraudster. They can help you more easily understand the different actions fraudsters use to target government programs and functions. They will also help you identify vulnerabilities in your programs or functions or find where you are being exploited.
Use the Fraudster Personas in combination with the common countermeasures to:
- design policies, processes and systems
- undertake fraud risk assessments
- evaluate the effectiveness of your counter fraud efforts through activities such as pressure testing
- when reporting on fraud.
For more information download our Introductory Guide to Fraudster Personas and Common Countermeasures.
The following eight Fraudster Personas represent who will try to defraud you and how they will do it.
Fraudsters often use a variety of methods from several different personas. For example they may deceive a public official, impersonate another individual, fabricate evidence and then conceal their activity.
As part of their Fraud Awareness Week initiatives, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment developed an animation based on 3 of our Fraudster Personas.