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Covid-19: Emerging Fraud Risks

28th July 2020

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges across the Scottish public sector as bodies seek to deliver services for individuals, communities and businesses in an extremely difficult time.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges across the Scottish public sector.

as bodies seek to deliver services for individuals, communities and businesses in an extremely difficult time.

Since the start of the pandemic, the risk offraud and error has increased as organisations become stretched, and controls and governance are changing. These risks are emerging for a

range of reasons including:

• public-sector staff working remotely and under extreme pressure

• an increase in phishing emails and scams which try to get staff to click on links which allow fraudsters to access public-sector systems

• government stimulus packages to support individuals and businesses being provided quickly, possibly with a lower level of scrutiny and due diligence than has previously been in place for similar schemes.

Read the report HERE

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