Corporate espionage

Corporate Fraud: How to protect your business

With corporate fraud on the rise, it’s crucial to ensure your business is protected in the modern age. Here’s some information on the ways that corporate fraud can operate, and how best to protect yourself.


Consider The Modern World 

Arguably – in this modern, technological world – we know more about each other than ever before. However, the flipside to this is that there can be great difficulty verifying information or put simply – knowing what we can believe. We’re also in an age of unprecedented global mobility. These two factors in conjunction mean modern businesses – of all kinds, from sole trader to international corporation – face many challenges.


Internal Fraud

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for businesses large and small to face the threat of internal corporate fraud – that is to say, fraud from within the organisation itself. The most common forms of this strand of corporate fraud include financial theft, data theft, or overall abuse of a position by an employee or group of employees.  

It’s important to remember that by definition it is usually those in positions of trust who are able to commit fraud. A fraudulent individual usually requires some autonomy to be able to act in a fraudulent manner. 

We also advise corporate clients concerned about potential internal fraud to be mindful of which employees or partners might be under increased pressure, which is often a major factor in pushing a predisposed individual towards any fraudulent activity. Of course, it’s good practice in general to be trying to alleviate pressure within your organisation where possible.


Corporate Fraud Investigation


Background Checks

Background checks are part of essential risk assessment. Before signing important contracts, agreeing to high-stakes deals, or giving job offers, background checks can be both useful and reassuring – whether you have specific concerns, or are simply undertaking thorough due diligence.

As an employer it’s important to establish what it is you need to know before being happy to commit to any agreement of a business-sensitive nature. Read more on our background checking services


Discretion Is Key

At PDL, discretion is key in everything we do. However, the necessity for the utmost discretion is something we often have to remind corporate clients when they’re attempting to uncover and prosecute fraudulent individuals who pose a threat to their business.

In order for any fraudulent individual to be successfully prosecuted – and any assets recovered – it’s essential that evidence is gathered and fraudulent individuals are identified in the most professional and inconspicuous manner.

We are here to advise further on discretion and all other aspects of handling corporate fraud investigation. If you need our assistance, please feel free to contact us.


Ongoing Disputes

Disputes can vary in nature and magnitude, but they all can drain resources and impact upon your ability to manage business as usual. It’s important that any ongoing disputes – including legal issues, partnership disagreements, and so on – are handled professionally throughout, to bring matters to a satisfactory close.


Bespoke Solutions

Remember that every case requires a bespoke solution. Situations should be judged on the evidence, and solutions found with the protection of your business firmly in mind. We don’t give catch-all advice because we prefer to analyse the specifics of a case and deal with its details up-close. You may require data forensics, for example, or vehicle tracking. It might be surveillance, or background checking. The key is that the circumstances themselves indicate the best course of action.


Monitoring, Early Detection, and Process

We’ve worked on many corporate fraud cases in our history, and it has become apparent that by far the most effective way to prevent corporate fraud either from occurring, or from escalating or causing irreparable damage, relates to good monitoring, early detection, and establishing processes to handle any relevant cases.

Of course, what this specifically means is different from company to company, but what doesn’t change is that the first question we’ll ask an organisation concerned about preventing corporate fraud is – what process do you have in place to ensure good monitoring and early detection of any initial warning signs of impending fraud? 

To discuss how we can help you prevent or resolve corporate fraud, please call us on:

+44(0)203 747 1865

Who’s Listening In? Why you might want to consider a bug sweeping service

Corporate espionage and bug sweeping services might seem like the stuff that blockbusters are made of, but while the gun-toting heroes and simpering heroines with a backbone of steel are very much the remit of Hollywood, the fact remains that espionage is a very real threat in today’s business culture. And it’s not just business premises which make the prime targets.

Bugs can be freely purchased at a range of stores; compact and discreet, they can be installed practically anywhere. This means that if you are a target of surveillance for any reason, your office, your home and your car could all be subject to bugging. And you may never even know about it. It’s something of a disturbing thought. Especially when you factor in the advent of high speed internet and the wealth of hardwired solutions which have sprung up around it, hijacking your own technology and using it to relay confidential information to unwelcome sources. It’s hardly surprising then, that the demand for bug sweeping services is on the rise.



Someone listening? Then maybe you need a bug sweeping service

So those are the facts, but what can you do if you think that you’ve been bugged?

  • The first step is to remove yourself from the environment that you’re suspicious of until the bug sweep takes place. If you can’t take yourself completely away, remain alert and ensure that nothing that you would not wish to be openly known is said or done within that vicinity.
  • Secondly, seek help from a professional. PDL surveillance professionals will visit your premises for a comprehensive bug sweep, employing military-grade training and techniques to search all liable areas. We won’t make a big song and dance about it, waving around bleeping devices and looking concerned; we’ll simply get on with the job quietly and professionally, until all areas of potential threat have been eliminated.
  • While you’re waiting for the bug sweep to happen, try to avoid using your telephone – landline and mobile. For any private or confidential calls, seek out a local payphone. This is particularly important when reporting your concerns to PDL.

Anyone can become a victim of surveillance for any reason: a business competitor may be seeking the edge with inside information; a spouse (or ex-spouse) may be looking for ammunition to leverage a better divorce deal; a colleague could be trying to cover their own tracks by keeping an account of yours.

Do you need bug sweeping services in London 

At PDL we have counter surveillance experts from all fields, and our confidentiality is guaranteed. If you have any concerns about who is listening to you, call us today; we’re ready to help: +44(0)203 747 1865.