The Fraudster’s Spell
The Forger’s Spell, a riveting book by Edward Dolnick, tells the tale of a middling Dutch artist who dares to prepare forgeries of works by the revered artist Johannes Vermeer. Adding to the already high stakes of impersonating a famous artist, the forger selected a rather dangerous victim to con – Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Hermann Goering. While art may serve as a fascinating setting for this story, the motivations, rationalizations, methods of deception, and strategies could apply to any fraud – including those that our own employees and others might commit against our organizations. This session will compare the fraudster in The Forger’s Spell to fraudsters in our workplace, describing what drives them to commit fraud, some of the common behavioral anomalies they exhibit, and the techniques they use to deceive their victims – us! Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of what drives fraudsters, enabling you to better protect your organizations from fraud and other unethical behavior.