Official Anti-Fraud and Regulatory Bodies

Regulatory, Supervisory and Investigative Organisations and their Activities

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Transparency International
A non-governmental organisation dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption.
World Bank Institute Governance Group
The Governance group of the World Bank Institute (WBI) facilitates action-oriented and participatory programmes to promote good governance and curb corruption in its client countries.
OECD: Corruption
The OECD has assumed a leading role in preventing international bribery and corruption. The website provides detailed information about its efforts.
GRECO: Group of States against corruption
The aim of the GRECO is to improve its members' capacity to fight corruption by monitoring the compliance of States with their undertakings in this field. It was established by the Council of Europe but membership is open to any state that meets the relevant criteria and the United States joined in 2000.
Council of Europe: Group of States Against Corruption
Reports on the efforts by members of the Council of Europe to combat corruption.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention.
UNICORN is a Global Unions Anti-corruption Network which aims to mobilise and support trade unions to combat corruption. It was set up in 2001 as a joint initiative of three major international trade union bodies: The Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (the TUAC); Public Services International (PSI); and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU).
Stability Pact Anti-corruption Initiative
Information about international efforts to combat corruption in Southeastern Europe.
UK Treasury Annual Fraud Reports
An analysis of reported fraud in Government Departments together with anti-fraud guidance produced by the Treasury.
Fraud Advisory Panel
The Fraud Advisory Panel is an independent body of volunteers drawn from the public and private sectors. Members include representatives from the law and accountancy professions, industry associations, financial institutions, government agencies, law enforcement, regulatory authorities and academia.
Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)
SOCA was created by the British government in April 2006. It has taken over the functions of the National Crime Squad (NCS), the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS), the role of HMRC in investigating drug trafficking and related criminal finance and some of the functions of the UK Immigration Service (UKIS) in dealing with organised immigration crime.
The Serious Fraud Office
The aim of the SFO is to investigate and prosecute serious and complex fraud and so deter fraud and maintain confidence in the probity of business and financial services in the United Kingdom.
Fraud Reduction website
This website is published by the National Working Group on Fraud on behalf of the UK Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The website deals primarily with commercial fraud in a policing context.
Committee on Standards in Public Life
The Committee on Standards in Public Life was set up in October, 1994. Its terms of reference are: To examine current concerns about standards of conduct of all holders of public office, including arrangements relating to financial and commercial activities, and make recommendations as to any changes in present arrangements which might be required to ensure the highest standards of propriety in public life.
The Independent Banking Advisory Service
IBAS is an organisation for helping people in disputes with British banks.
Office of the Banking Ombudsman
Describes the functions of the British banking ombudsman and gives information onhow to submit complaints. Various publications including the annual reviews are available online.
British Bankers' Association: Financial Crime
Among its many services the BBA provides information about the prevention of fraud and money laundering.
UK Financial Services Authority
The FSA regulates the financial services industry and has four objectives: maintaining market confidence; promoting public understanding of the financial system; the protection of consumers; and fighting financial crime.
Get Safe Online
A website produced by the British Government in cooperation with HSBC, Microsoft, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and other organisations to give advice on problems ranging from computer viruses and spam to online rip-offs and identity fraud.
Home Office - Identity Theft
A website produced by the Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee, a collaboration between UK financial bodies, government and the police to combat the threat of identity theft.
Consumer Direct: Scams
Advice on how to recognise and avoid scams, from Consumer Direct, a telephone and online consumer advice service, supported by the (UK) Department of Trade and Industry.
OLAF European Anti-Fraud Office
Press releases and reports from OLAF, the European Commission's anti-fraud office.
European Court of Auditors
It describes itself as "the financial conscience of the European Union.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
The SEC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial regulatory agency with responsibility for administering the federal securities laws.
US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
FinCEN was established in 1990 by the US Treasury Department to collate, analyze, and disseminate information on financial crimes, especially drug money laundering.
Internet Crime Complaint Center
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).
NASD Regulation Inc.
is the independent subsidiary of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. charged with regulating the securities industry and the Nasdaq Stock Market.
Lawyer Library: Guide to Cyberspace Law new!
A directory of resources on American law relating to cyberspace, including cybercrime, electronic commerce and intellectual property among other issues.
The website of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Inter-American Convention Against Corruption
A convention adopted in March 1996 by the Organization of American States.
RespondaNet : The Americas' Accountability/Anti-Corruption project
The AAA is funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, and aims to support anti-corruption initiatives and to strengthen public sector financial management. A bilingual English/Spanish site.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Financial Crime
Information from the RCMP about its efforts to combat financial crime.
Australia Scamwatch
An official Australian government site with warnings about various types of scams.
Financial Arbiter of the Czech Republic
Contains annual reports and examples of the arbiter's work.
Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Economic and financial crimes like Advance Fee Fraud (419), money laundering, and corruption etc have had severe negative consequences on Nigeria, including decreased foreign direct Investments in the country and tainting of Nigeria's national image. Recognition of the magnitude and gravity of the situation led to the establishment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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