FWN Annual Event - Are You the Weakest Link? Fraud Scams: Victims and Vulnerability in the Modern Age

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015
  • 17:00 - 21:00
  • Sadler's Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN


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The simple truth is that we are all at risk of becoming a fraud victim. But there are certain times in our lives, or events that occur, that make us more vulnerable to certain types of scams. The same is true for organisations; while the risk is constant, certain business events can increase the threat.

Our two eminent speakers from Cifas and the Financial Conduct Authority will give their insight into victims and vulnerability to the ever-growing problems of fraud scams targeting both consumers and businesses in the UK.


17:00hrs to 18:00hrs - Registration and Reception Drinks
18:00hrs to 19:00hrs - Speakers with Q&A
19:00 hrs to 21:00hrs - Networking Receptio

All attendees of the FWN Annual Event will receive a 20% Discount on tickets to Sadler’s Wells events (if tickets purchased on day of the FWN Annual Event).

Simon Dukes, Chief Executive Cifas: Simon became CEO of the fraud prevention service, Cifas, in 2013.  Prior to this he was Deputy Director of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). There he helped develop UK Government policy on cyber protective security advice for industry. His background is public sector, specialising in defence and security related issues, although he has also held senior roles in communications and public affairs, and prior to the establishment of SOCA (now the NCA), he worked with law enforcement countering serious and organised crime activity in the UK.
Simon will explore the nature of vulnerability, victims and fraud in the modern age. He will examine when individuals and businesses are at their most vulnerable and role of education and prevention in protecting these parts of our society from contemporary criminals.

Mark Francis, Head of Unauthorised Business at the Financial Conduct Authority. Mark’s work involves investigating and enforcing against unauthorised financial services business including unauthorised investment schemes. Mark is a qualified accountant and before joining the regulator he spent 11 years working in practice at BDO LLP where he spent time in both Business Restructuring and Forensic Accounting service streams.

Mark will explore the types of scam/investment fraud that the FCA investigates commonly and how consumers are drawn into them. He will also explain how and why the FCA developed its ScamSmart campaign and the Warning List tool as well as providing an overview of how the tool works with some illustrative case studies covering the FCA’s work in this area.

The Fraud Women’s Network is extremely grateful to the following companies for their kind support:


And also to Mishcon de Reya and Lexis Nexis to sponsor this event:


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