Last year they showed the world what a small but resolute team of great Olympians could do when they harnessed their spirit of self-determination to scoop eight gold medals at London 2012. Next week, Yorkshire and Humberside (or East Yorkshire it’s called in “God’s Own Country”) unites to take on an equally grueling challenge, that of winning the relentless fight against fraudsters – a game in which the immoral opponents use every dirty trick to steal your gold and then flaunt it on stage.
On Wednesday 20th November, I’m returning to my home county and am honoured to be addressing delegates at the 8th Annual Conference of the Yorkshire and Humber Fraud Forum on behalf of the Fraud Advisory Panel charity. Our keynote speaker is BBC reporter and consumer rights defender Shari Vahl, who knows all too well the horrific pain that fraudsters can inflict on their victims. I will describe the current and emerging trends in international fraud and spell out what citizens and businesses must do to protect themselves from these threats.
In a world where police resources to combat fraud are under more pressure than ever before, there has never been a greater call for champions with the fortitude of an Olympian to join Fraud Squad GB. It’s reassuring to know that Yorkshire and Humber are on our side.
David Clarke is a trustee director of the Fraud Advisory panel charity. He is also the board member responsible for security assurance and multilingual risk management at Today Advisory services.
David is a former detective chief superintendent who has served in the UK, Middle East and Europe, leading investigations for the UN international police in Bosnia. He was the police representative on the Attorney General led Fraud Review and was responsible for designing and delivering the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, the only police intelligence system of its kind in the world to harvest and match public and private sector fraud data to fight organised crime.