The property industry involves real estate (including land and buildings/structures) and other tangible properties, and can also include mineral rights and other resources. Unfortunately, for as long as there has been a market for buying and selling land, property and resources, there have been schemes that aim to defraud. Some of the schemes even have colorful names: “chunking,” “builder bailout,” “phantom sale” – yet all are illegal and harmful to unwitting victims, which can include individuals and families, banks, holding companies, investor groups and others.

Property fraud can be very convincing because perpetrators will often produce fake or forged documents, and will sometimes work in collaboration with other fraudsters. For example, a crooked investor might provide kickbacks to an appraiser in return for inflating the value of a property, or he/she may sell a property to a “straw buyer” at an inflated price, with the straw buyer intentionally going into default (and splitting the proceeds of the loan with the fraudulent investor). There are many more scams, and all of them look for vulnerabilities among buyers and sellers alike.

CRI Group’s team of experts, including Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs), works with property groups and companies dealing in real estate to uncover red flags of fraud. Our agents will help assess a transaction before it takes place, and can implement asset recovery solutions in the case where fraud has already occurred. This extra level of protection is crucial for any organisation conducting real estate transactions.

From Risk ManagementEmployee Background ScreeningBusiness IntelligenceDue DiligenceCompliance Solutions and other professional Investigative Research solutions at CRI Group we can help you!  Learn more about our solutions and contact us today.

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It’s a well-known World Bank statistic, but one that bears continual repeating: More than US$1.5 trillion – or 2% of world gross domestic product – is paid in bribes each and every year, contributing to the demise of governments, inadequate social services, inferior infrastructure, low-quality goods and services, and a general strain on public and […]

Rent Checks Post-Brexit

Uncertainty around Brexit continues, and the possibility of a no-deal means it is still challenging to predict what will happen when the UK leaves the EU. The Government is yet to release official guidance on what letting agents and Landlords will need to do, should a no-deal Brexit be the outcome of the process. The […]

Oil and Energy Companies Look to ISO 37001

In December 2017, the world’s largest builder of offshore rigs agreed to pay $422 million in penalties after entering a guilty plea for bribery charges connected with the Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras) scandal. Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. made illicit payments to both Petrobras officials and government representatives for more than a decade, between 2001 and […]

Pharma and Healthcare Companies can Benefit from ISO 37001

Pharma and Healthcare Companies can Benefit from ISO 37001 When global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline found itself in the Chinese government’s crosshairs for an alleged large-scale bribery scandal, there was perhaps little doubt that the consequences would be large-scale, as well. GSK was accused of systematically paying bribes and “gratuities” to doctors and hospitals in return […]

Risk management and its continuous improvement

Continuous improvement is another significant concept to understand for ISO 31000. Without a company culture strongly aligned with principles of continuous improvement, organisations will struggle to implement, let alone maintain successful risk management programs. This can be challenging in practice, as cultivating a risk management attitude within a company involves aligning risk initiatives with existing company values, […]

Background Checks: An Essential Process

There are inherent risks in the hiring process, including deception by individuals seeking to gain an advantage over other candidates. Thorough pre- and post-employment background checks are critical in mitigating these risk factors, helping any organisation stay better protected from fraudulent candidates or unqualified employees. The advantages of using an expert third-party service to conduct […]

10 Top Risks Faced in the Hiring Process

Hiring new employees is an essential part of operating, and growing, a successful business. It is also a process that presents an inherent risk to any organisation. Fraud and other criminal acts are often committed by company insiders, the very people that are trusted to work for the business’s best interests. While most employees might […]

Address Risk with Employee Background Checks

There are inherent risks in the hiring process, including fraudulent claims by candidates. These include everything from relatively minor transgressions, like stretching employment dates, to serious and concerning deceptions, such as claiming unearned degrees or credentials, or hiding one’s criminal record. Being aware of these risks is only the first step, and companies that don’t take […]

Hiring process: 6 ways why reference checking is key

Hiring more people within a company no matter the size can be a lot of effort, waste a lot of time and cost a lot of money so it is important to do it right, which means reference checking. As a large company, it is often the case that there will be an in-house HR team […]

Demonstrating Adequate Procedures with ISO 37001 ABMS Certification and Training

As the international outcry on bribery and corruption practices continues to tighten its grip around rogue players in the private and public business sectors, global organisations continue to ramp up their efforts to develop effective frameworks to prevent, detect and report bribery and corruption. And by fortifying their anti-bribery management systems, such organisations are further helping […]

Human Capital can make (or break) your business – mitigating employee risk!

Most organisations manage some of their risks via an insurance policy and risk retention. However, this is a reactive strategy when it comes to risk. If you are one of these organisations, then you are missing the riskiest part of the equation: people risk. People risk IS… having the wrong people in the right positions; […]

How to handle the “Human Factor”: Top 3 risks when hiring

Talent acquisition in the hiring process requires a great deal of investment in both time and effort for the hiring manager and would involve even greater repercussions if the chosen candidate turns out to be a bad hire. Due to the ever-growing competitive nature of job seeking, it is becoming increasingly likely that a prospective […]

5 Procurement risks: your lack of due diligence can lead harm

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Breaking Down The ISO 37001 Audit Process

By Zafar Anjum, MSc, MS, CFE, CII, MICA, Int. Dip. (Fin. Crime) at CRI Group Chief Executive Officer

CRI Malaysia celebrates 2019 Anti-Corruption Day

Anti-bribery and anti-corruption efforts are a huge priority in the South Asia Region, with many governments trying to strengthen laws and enhance enforcement in both their private and public sectors. As recent high-profile corruption cases in the region have demonstrated, today’s regulators are seeing the issue as a societal problem as much as a legal […]

CRI supports 2018 International Fraud Week

CRI Group is once again a proud supporter of International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 11-17, 2018. This global movement aims to minimise the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education. Companies lose an estimated 5% of their revenue annually due to fraud (ACFE Report to the Nations, 2018) and additional training, prevention programs […]

3 ways to protect your Company’s Reputation

In today’s connected business world, there are very few secrets. United Airlines, for example, recently learned the hard way that one ugly incident can go viral and spread around the world in a matter of minutes – not hours, days or weeks. protect company reputation United initially faced criticism over the rough treatment of a passenger being […]

Q&A: Corporate Fraud and Corruption in UAE

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Why should you want your partners to be ISO 37001 certified?

We at the CRI Group believe that businesses that are being run free of corruption accomplish their vision and mission sooner and easier. They bring good to the world more effectively than others. When a business has a clearly set vision and a detailed plan on how to reach it, all it takes to accomplish […]

Protect Your Business from Money Laundering Activities

How to Protect Your Business from Money Laundering Activities?  Today, having anti-money laundering processes in place is more than a matter of smart business. In most jurisdictions, it is also a legal necessity. Organisations large and small are at risk of falling prey to unscrupulous business dealings and other threats posed by seemingly legitimate business […]

To check or not to check?

Background checks don’t tend make international news. They are the low-key diligent step in most well-managed recruitment processes, to provide employers comfort that the person they are hiring is everything they seem – and nothing more. That’s why the background checking of Brett Kavanaugh, a nominee to the US Supreme Court, should be about the […]

Fake degrees and fake employment certificates? What now?

In today’s business environment, fraudulent practices and manipulating the trust of others is so commonplace that people do it very often and with confidence. Unfortunately, this is also true when it comes to employment, as some potential candidates will present fake and bogus background certificates to try to gain an edge in the hiring process. […]

How to Protect Your Business From Money Laundering Activities

Money laundering should be near the top of the list of any business owner’s concerns. Anti-money laundering legislation and regulations are strict and increasingly enforced, and remaining in compliance through implementing proper prevention controls is a must. Countless businesses large and small – from corporations to third-party contractors – have learned this lesson the hard […]

Time to get ISO 37001 certified… the process, part 1

ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System Certification is critical for organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. After all, consider the benefits: Certification adds a distinct level of credibility to the organisation’s management systems, and ensures that the organisation is implementing a viable anti-bribery management program utilising widely accepted controls and systems. It provides assurance […]

Thank you for attending ABAC 2018 Malaysia Summit

Thank you for attending the ABAC Summit Malaysia last Tuesday! We are proud to have brought such an amazing group of distinguished speakers and respected delegates together to address the bribery and corruption issues worldwide. We are extremely thankful to all our speakers for making this #ABACSummit2018 a successful one! Dr KM Loi, Cristian Nicoara, Md […]

Bribery and corruption won’t wait: is your organisation protected?

In one case, an enforcement agent for a Malaysian government department pleaded guilty for receiving a bribe from a business owner. In another, a U.S. district attorney from Philadelphia was accused of taking cash in return for helping people with their legal cases. He was accused of 28 counts of bribery, and in the end […]

Top 4 Red flags during a Merger & Acquisition

The business world is often transitional, and the landscape changes as entities grow or industries change – and the players involved have to change with it. Mergers and acquisitions are examples of these “transitional times,” and they are also among the most critical times to conduct proper and thorough due diligence. There are inherent risks […]

Any successful ethics and compliance strategy needs 4 key elements…

Once upon a time, the idea of business ethics was more of an abstract or philosophical notion that seemed more suited for discussion in a university lecture or at a business conference. Today, however, organisations of all sizes and industries must have concrete ways of addressing ethics and compliance issues as a principal component of […]

CRI, the only company with BS10200 & BS7858 certifications in Middle East

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ISO 37001 Certification: Building trust in the workplace

One of the most important aspects of any organisation is its culture. How do employees relate to one another? Is it a positive and enriching place to work? Do employees trust their colleagues, and look forward to working with them? ISO 37001:2016 Certification Unfortunately, an organisation that lacks proper controls against fraud, bribery and corruption and […]

Background screening; your first line of protection

An extra layer of security As a global investigative firm with a network of 76 agents worldwide, CRI Group has the resources and expertise needed to implement thorough and comprehensive pre- and post-employment screening. As part of our EmploySmart program, we have conducted more than 187,000 individual background checks, serving top companies of many industry […]

ISO 37001 certification: enhance your reputation and credibility

Bribery and corruption are serious concerns to businesses, government agencies and non-profit organisations. In fact, the risk of being associated with the negative impacts of this type of fraud extends to third party partners and influences present and future businesses relationships. In this business climate, consider the tremendous advantage your organisation will enjoy if it […]

5 Reasons To Run Employee Screening

By Ayesha Sikander, Group HR Manager at CRI Group

Finance Crime and its Policies and procedures

A company must have in place up-to-date policies and procedures appropriate to its business. These should be readily accessible, effective and understood by all relevant staff. Self-assessment questions: How often are your firm’s policies and procedures reviewed, and at what level of seniority? How does it mitigate the financial crime risks it identifies? What steps does […]

Fraud Advisory Panel celebrates 20 Years

CRI Group wishes to congratulate Fraud Advisory Panel on the 20th anniversary. It was a pleasure to attend the event and celebrate this great occasion of FAP fighting fraud for 20 years. It has been a great honor to be the member of the panel. Looking forward to continuing working together in the future! Connect with […]

Are you ready to EmploySmart? Meet us at SHRM’18

Meet us at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, to demonstrate a commitment to your professional development and learning about tools and resources you need to best serve your organisation’s HR needs. One of those critical needs is helping your organisation prevent fraud. Human resources managers and specialists are at the front […]

ABAC Granted 1st Ever BS ISO 37001

ABAC Certification (Corporate Research and Investigations Limited) Granted First Ever BS ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Accreditation by EIAC Emirates International Accreditation Centre (previously known as Dubai Accreditation Centre (DAC)) officially recognises global firm’s ability to help ensure that organisations bring management systems into compliance and prevent bribery Corporate Research and Investigations Limited, herein referred to as […]

Manage business intelligence and identify risks

Gathering intelligence isn’t just the stuff of spy movies. It’s also an important part of the business world – and when conducted legally, ethically and effectively, it is a critical tool for any organisation seeking to be successful in their industry or field. Business investigations are about more than just identifying risk factors or weaknesses. […]

Investigative research reveals opportunities

In business, having the critical information you need can mean the difference between success and failure. When it comes to investigative research, trained experts can uncover facts that help you make the right decisions; and, conversely, save your organisation from making costly mistakes. CRI Group has trained investigators positioned around the world who can help provide […]

Appointment of Data Protection Officer under GDPR

There is the growing misconception surrounding the need for appointing a Data Protection Officer (DPO) under GDPR which is effective on 25th May 2018. The role of DPO is critical for correct implementation of the newly drafted regulation. Relating to this, the organisation needs to ask itself four main questions before appointing a DPO which […]

Mexico’s Government Is Blocking Anti-Corruption

While many countries and their leaders are making strides against fraud and corruption, some national governments can’t seem to get out of their own way. Such appears to be the case right now in Mexico, where the Mexican government is accused of blocking its own anti-corruption initiatives that were launched earlier this year. According to […]

Rio de Janeiro law demonstrates

The time is quickly coming to an end when companies could expect to be successful in business without having a strong emphasis on compliance and ethics. The latest evidence of that is the fact that in Brazil, which has been stricken with high-profile fraud scandals in recent years, a new rule requires any companies doing […]

GDPR: A 21st Century approach to Compliance

Ever since its conception, GDPR has caused a strong stir in the legal and compliance world. The new law builds on the previous data protection legislation but at the same time provides more resilient protections for consumers, and more privacy considerations for organisations involved in the processing of personal data. The new EU General Data […]

CRI celebrates Fraud Week 2017

2017 International Fraud Awareness Week (also called “Fraud Week”) kicked off on Sunday and is in full swing. CRI Group is a proud supporter of this important initiative every year, and we encourage business leaders to take this time to consider all of their fraud prevention measures, including anti-fraud training for employees. Does your organisation have a training […]

Pakistan’s 1st ever Anti-Bribery Summit is a success

Last Thursday, 26 October, the region’s leading anti-fraud professionals gathered in Karachi, Pakistan, for CRI Group’s Pakistan’s 1st ever Anti-Bribery Summit. CRI Group took the initiative to organise the first Anti-Bribery Summit in Pakistan with the goal to redefine the anti-bribery culture within organisations in the country. The Anti-Bribery Summit couldn’t have come at a […]

Components of ISO 31000:2018

Managing risk is a critical part of the success of any organisation. That’s why ISO (International Organization for Standardization) developed the 31000 Risk Management Standard. Issued in 2009, the standard helps address operational continuity, and also confidence and reassurance in your organisation’s economic resilience, professional reputation and environmental and safety outcomes. Best of all, ISO 31000 […]

Risk assessment breakdown: Identification, Analysis, Evaluation

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Fraud: Ripple effects of the Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey devastates the Texas coast and the U.S. megacity of Houston, however its ripple effects go beyond as investigators will be on high alert for another type of threat: fraud. Disaster fraud is nothing new. Law enforcement, prosecutors and other legal authorities in eight different countries are still dealing with cases from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which devastated […]

Protecting Data: Businesses Needs GDPR

In just over a year, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in Europe. This sea change in data privacy is aimed at improving protections for individuals within the European Union, providing them with more control over how their personal data is used. It will also clarify and standardise from a legal […]

Fraud Prevention Strategy: build one in 6 easy steps

Ideally, every business should have a clearly defined fraud prevention strategy that incorporates all of the elements contained in the diagram show, starting with a writte fraud policy. Policy: Having protocols and policies in place for dealing with fraud will help you establish a good grounding for identifying it. Prevent and detect: In order to […]

Efficiency of an Anti-Corruption Hotline

From All Africa The South Africa Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says over 3,000 officials were found guilty of misconduct related to cases reported via the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH). The Minister said this when he led a briefing of the Governance and Administration Cluster at the Imbizo Centre on Thursday. “The closure rate underscores a […]

GDPR: Everything you need to know

From eMarketer The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was put in place to standardise existing laws that call for transparency in how companies collect and store personal data about EU citizens. eMarketer’s Sean Creamer spoke with Scott Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Evidon, and Todd Ruback, the compliance services company’s chief privacy officer […]

Move Over, ID Theft – Here’s the New No. 1 Fraud

From CBS News Beware of bogus IRS agents, fake offers of tech support – in other words, impostors. They’ve overtaken identity thieves to become the nation’s top fraudsters, according to the latest consumer complaint data. The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel project, which tallies up the number and type of consumer complaints received each year, reported […]

Human Factor Risk Management (HFRM)

When any type of fraud, including employee fraud, is discovered, it’s usually by surprise. That’s because most of us aren’t used to looking for criminal behaviour inside our own organisation. We trust our employees and co-workers, and we keep our focus on succeeding as a team and accomplishing our goals for the business. Nobody wants […]

Importance of strong ISO 31000 risk management leadership

Managing risk effectively is essential to ensure businesses succeed and thrive in an environment of constant uncertainty. ISO 31000 aims to simplify risk management into a set of clearly understandable and actionable guidelines, that should be straightforward to implement, regardless of the size, nature, or location of a business. However without leadership, your risk management strategy […]

Structure of ISO management system standards

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Survey proves compliance and quality hires demand background checks

Survey: Ensuring compliance, quality hires drives need for background checks A recent CRI Group survey of business leaders finds that enhanced regulatory compliance, ensuring quality hires and maintaining workplace safety and security were considered the top benefits of conducting background checks. Key considerations for engaging a background screening service include cost, turnaround time and compliance […]

Time to get ISO 37001:2016 certified… the process, part 2

8ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management System Certification is critical for organisations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It provides an important layer against threats of bribery, corruption, fraud and other security concerns. It also sets an organisation apart from its peers, as models for ethical behaviour and compliance. In a recent blog, we discussed the first […]