Fraud Detection and Prevention Questionnaire
Dear Potential Participant
I have just finished a placement year at BDO LLP as a Forensic Accountant Assistant. As a Criminology with Psychology undergraduate student at the University of Portsmouth with a keen interest in counter-fraud work, in my final year I have chosen to complete a dissertation on fraud detection and prevention.
I would like to invite you to complete a questionnaire focusing on perceptions of fraud detection and prevention methods in the United Kingdom. As this is a worldwide forum, please only complete the survey if you work at an organisation within the financial private sector in the UK.
The purpose of this research is to understand perceptions of current and future methods to prevent and detect fraud with the hope of improving these, and proposing new solutions to counter-fraud that may benefit you and your organisation.
The questionnaire should take twenty minutes to complete (or less). There is also a short consent form to complete. Your responses will be kept confidential and anonymous. All participation is voluntary, and you are free to withdraw your questionnaire up until the point your answers have been submitted due to the anonymised nature of the survey tool.
Please do not start the questionnaire until you have read the participant information sheet attached. By clicking onto the questionnaire link you are providing your consent based upon the details of the questionnaire outlined in this article, and information sheet attached. If you are willing to participate, please complete the questionnaire and further consent form within one month. A shorter response time would be greatly appreciated.
The link to the questionnaire is https://portsmouth.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/fraud-detection-and-prevention-final
The password is fraudsurvey2018
Thank you for taking the time to read this article.
I would like to invite you to take part in my research study. Before you decide, I would like you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it would involve for you. If there is anything that is not clear and needs clarification then please ask.
This research focuses on the perceptions held by financial professionals within the private sector on current methods of fraud detection and prevention within the UK. Respondents are expected to complete a twenty-minute questionnaire focusing on their experiencesand perceptions of fraud, their views on current and future methods and any relevant solutions or suggestions to improve fraud detection and prevention.
To participate in the study all you have to do is complete an online questionnaire and consent form. The data collected will be anonymised and any of your quoted comments (if you give your consent) will be non- attributable. Your responses cannot be withdrawn once the questionnaire has been submitted due to the anonymised nature of the survey tool.
Further details are provided below.
What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of this research is to understand and analyse your perceptions of the current methods used to prevent and detect fraud with the hope of making improvements, and suggesting new solutions to benefit you.
Variations of this research have been done over the years, but little/none focuses specifically on financial private sector professionals’ perceptions of fraud detection and prevention methods. Since the private sector (more specifically finance sectors) are the economic sector most affected by fraud, it would appear that a key area of research is missing. Furthermore, as fraud is ever changing and becoming more sophisticated over time, to keep up with this development more up to date research into this area is essential.
Why have I been invited?
You have been selected for this research because you are employed by a company within the financial private sector where detecting and preventing fraud is often a central focus, and key in the day-to-day running of organisational activities. Therefore, more up- to- date research into the perceptions and potential solutions is crucial in order to improve routine organisational tasks and counter-fraud strategies.
Ideally, I would like to collect at least 100 survey responses to get a variation of opinions and perceptions, so that my results are as representative of the target population as possible.
Do I have to take part?
Participating in this research and completing the questionnaire is voluntary; under no circumstances should you feel pressured or forced into completing the questionnaire.
What will happen to me if I take part?
If you do agree to take part, you will be asked to sign a consent form to confirm your agreement to participate. The research is non-experimental, and the process as a whole should take around twenty-five minutes to complete (twenty minutes on the survey and five minutes to fill out the consent form).
Once the questionnaire and consent form have been filled out and submitted online via Online Surveys you will bethanked for your co-operation and given that option to contact the researcher if you wish to find out the findings of the study or ask any further questions. If any further action is required, (for example, you decide to withdraw) then this will be undertaken where/when necessary.
Personal information such as gender will be included in the survey along with fraud related questions but will remain confidential.
Expenses and payments
There is no compensation for your questionnaire responses. However, your participation will be a valuable addition to my research, and findings could lead to important positive outcomes.
What will I have to do?
This is a non-experimental research design; therefore, you will not be expected to take part in any practical studies or experiments. Instead, you will be asked to complete a consent form, and a questionnaire that contains questions regarding your perceptions and opinions of fraud detection and prevention methods.
What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
Taking part in this research is relatively risk-free, and subject to very few disadvantages. However, as you are required to complete a questionnaire, this may cause some inconvenience and disrupt your working day.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
Participating in the research may lead to the development of new solutions or improvements in current and future fraud detection and prevention methods in the UK. This could enhance security measures and improve protection of company business interests such as clients, data and reputation.
Participating in this research is also beneficial because it gives you the opportunity to express your opinions on an important, current and ever changing issue.
Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?
Yes. Your participation, and responses/data included in the questionnaire will be kept confidential and anonymous at all times to other participants and the public. No personal information will be included nor will you be asked to give detailed and precise information regarding your experiences of fraud (e.g. names, dates, and places etc.). This is to ensure that personal identifiers are not revealed during the analysis and write up of findings.
If you participate in this study, it is possible that some of the data collected will be looked at by authorised persons from the University of Portsmouth. Anonymised data may also be looked at by other authorised persons to check that the study is being carried out correctly. The data may also be accessible to technical and support teams of Online Surveys at the request of the researcher, or where necessary for the investigation of operational issues, or when required by UK law. All will have a duty of confidentiality to you as a research participant and they will do their best to meet this duty.
As the nature of the topic focuses on perceptions it is likely verbatim quotes will be used. However, if these quotes mention specific companies or individuals these names will be censored in order prevent any adverse consequences and protect reputations. If you do not want your answers to be quoted then please do not tick this box in the consent form.
Furthermore, at a later date, comparable research may be undertaken regarding perceptions of fraud detection and prevention methods to see changes, assess whether any improvements have been made and whether these have been successful. If you do not wish for your responses to be used in later research please make this known on the consent form (by not ticking the box).
Online surveys will keep the data for three months. After this, the survey data will be exported to a secure folder on the University of Portsmouth server. The data will be kept for a period of 10 years in order to comply with the University of Portsmouth retention schedule for research data. All information will be recorded and saved on the electronic data management system at the University of Portsmouth. This research will be stored for this amount of time to enable verification of any research data or in the case of a comparable piece of research being undertaken (as I have mentioned above).
What will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the study?
You are free to withdraw from the research at any point without reason, up until the point that the questionnaire has been submitted. If you decide to withdraw, your questionnaire answers and consent form will be permanently deleted.
What if there is a problem?
If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, you should ask to speak to the researcher or their supervisor, who will do their best to answer your questions [email protected](researcher) and/or Sarah Charman on 023 9284 3064 or [email protected](supervisor). If you remain unhappy and wish to complain formally, you can do this by contacting our Information Disclosure and Complaints Officer Samantha Hill at +44 (0)23 9284 3642 or [email protected]
What will happen to the results of the research study?
Once you have completed the questionnaire, you will be given the option to contact the researcher directly if you wish to ask any further questions or want a findings summary and link to the full dissertation/research paper. At this time, the research will not be published in any journal. Subject to the results (potential wider impact) and quality of the research report it may be included in the “Social Science Journal” or “Society” journal in Open Access (OA) or other related specialist journals at a later date. Under no circumstances will you be identifiable in any report/publication.
Who is organising and funding the research?
This research is being funded and organised by the University of Portsmouth. Although, conclusions and discussions have been informed by the responses and perceptions of the respondents they are by no means a reflection of BDO or related parties orbeen undertaken on behalf of BDO or related organisations.
Who has reviewed the study?
Research completed while studying at the University of Portsmouth is looked at by independent group of people, called an Ethics Committee, to protect your interests. This study has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) Ethics Committee. This research has also been reviewed by a senior member of staff in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) department with the relevant expertise, knowledge and advice.
Further information and contact details
If as a result of this research, you have experienced any discomfort or wish to report any instances of fraud or victimisation of fraud, please contact any of the following organisations/charities
0300 123 2040
08 08 16 89 111
Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet. If you wish to participate then please see the link to the consent form and questionnaire attached at the bottom of the invitation email.
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