Protecting Your Business from “Friendship Fraud”

Orange County fraud investigations
You think you know him… But do you really?

It’s a story any corporate investigator has seen over and over again: You hire someone you think you know or think is safe- maybe a friend, a friend’s child or spouse, a niece or nephew, a second cousin, a neighbor, a church acquaintance- to work at your business. It could be a simple retail or restaurant job, or maybe it’s something more sensitive, like bookkeeping. You don’t bother with a background check- this person is family/a friend/a neighbor after all! And then the IRS comes knocking. Or the bank account is empty. Or maybe it’s just a slight trickle of lost revenue that takes years to notice. Regardless, by the time you realize what’s going on, you could end up losing thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more) when that “safe” person commits fraud or embezzlement.

This kind of betrayal is devastating to the victim whose trust was violated, but can also be devastating to everyone even peripherally involved, causing the company to shut down and all of the employees to lose their jobs and their livelihoods, causing investors to lose their money, and ruining the reputation that the owner worked so hard to build.

There’s no way to completely eliminate the threat of internal crime, but at Systematic Inquiry Group, we can help you greatly reduce your risk of being victimized this way. Our Orange County corporate investigations and security firm can help you protect your business with:

  • Background checks- Never hire someone without a background check, even if someone you trust has vouched for them. Unlike the limited capabilities of online background check services, our professional investigators can get you the information you need to make informed hiring decisions.
  • Ongoing security services- Visit our Services page to explore our Corporate Security Retainer, Monthly Security Assurance, and Food Cost programs, and give us a call to discuss which one is right for your business.
  • Employee theft and fraud investigations- Of course, while good hiring practices, security procedures, and oversight can reduce the risk, you could still face theft or fraud. If you suspect someone of robbing your bottom line, don’t tip your hand- just call us ASAP. We can conduct a full investigation, including surveillance and interrogations.

Don’t let “friendship fraud” destroy everything you’ve worked for. Call us at  714-406-4618 to discuss your case with our Orange private investigators.

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