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Preventing fraud is generally less costly than trying to recover losses. One inexpensive, yet effective, fraud prevention measure is to increase the perception of detection. For example, internal controls are most effective at preventing fraud when they are known by those who may be tempted to steal from a public entity. This means being open about the fact that the entity is taking steps to prevent and detect fraud.

Date this Avoiding Pitfall was most recently published: 10/28/2016

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