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North West Fraud Forum launch

by Mark Rowe

The North West Fraud Forum (NWFF) has re-launched, supported by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU), and sponsored by Barclays. Like forums in other regions, notably London and the Midlands, the NWFF aims to offer a platform for members to raise awareness of the latest fraud types and trends while sharing knowledge and best practice to better equip its members to fight fraud and cybercrime.

The NWFF board is chaired by Claire Graham, pictured; she’s a partner of law firm TLT LLP, an investigator based in the firm’s Manchester office. Like other forums, the NWFF will include a blend of public and private to bring their sector-specific knowledge. The board is made up of members from; the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), NAFN Data and Intelligence Services, NHS Counter Fraud Authority, The Insolvency Service, The Government Internal Audit Agency, Trading Standards North West, UK Finance, TLT Solicitors, Asset Reality, Eversheds Sutherland, Grant Thornton, Dains, Horwich Farrelly and Santander.

The NWFF plans a range of events for its members to learn and network: webinars, breakfast seminars and networking meet ups, and a annual conference which is diarised for Thursday, November 10, 2022. Members will also benefit from regular updates, news, and alerts from its partners and a members-only website portal.

Detective Inspector Shifa Chowdhury Jones, of the North West ROCU and the NWFF’s Honorary President said: “Fraud is the biggest crime type in this country equating from 30pc to 40pc of all crime. Fraud reaches more people than any other crime type and is also believed to be hugely underreported. Fraud reports are projected to increase by 25 per cent by 2025 so it’s more important than ever for organisations to better equip themselves to fight fraud and this is something the NWFF is committed to supporting.”

Become a member now and join in time for the NWFF launch event; a webinar on cyber security and the Dark Web, on Thursday, September 29, between 9am and 11am. For details visit: www.northwestfraudforum.co.uk.

NWFF annual membership costs £75 a year, or £175 including ticket to the annual conference.

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