What to watch for

Warning signs of fraud, bribery or corruption to look out for include:

  • Abnormal cash payments
  • Pressure exerted for payments to be made urgently or ahead of schedule
  • Payments being made through third party country, e.g. goods or services supplied to country 'A' but payment is being made, usually to a shell company, in country 'B'
  • Abnormally high commission percentage being paid to a particular agency. This may be split into two accounts for the same agent, often in different jurisdictions
  • Private meetings with public contractors or companies hoping to tender for contracts
  • Lavish gifts being received
  • An individual never takes time off for holidays, or when ill, or insists on dealing with specific contractors him/herself
  • Making unexpected or illogical decisions accepting projects or contracts
  • Unusually smooth process of cases where individual does not have the expected level of knowledge or expertise
  • Abusing decision process or delegated powers in specific cases
  • Agreeing to contracts that are not favourable to the organisation 
  • Unexplained preference for certain contractors during tendering period
  • Avoidance of independent checks on tendering or contracting processes
  • Raising barriers around specific roles or departments which are key in the tendering/contracting process
  • Bypassing normal tendering/contractors procedure
  • Invoices being agreed in excess of contract without reasonable cause
  • Missing documents or records regarding meetings or decisions
  • Company procedures or guidelines not being followed
  • Lack of detail in invoices
  • The payment of, or making funds available for high value expenses or school fees etc. on behalf of others
  • Isolation and complete responsibility without input/oversight from others in the workplace.

This is not a complete list. If you suspect bribery or corruption, you should report it to the Serious Fraud Office.