The Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) has released its report on the review of frauds and forgeries cases in the first quarter of 2023. The report highlights a significant decrease in the number of reported cases compared to the previous quarter, as well as a decline in the total amount involved in fraud activities. The data also reveals the top three fraud categories and their corresponding amounts. This article provides an overview of the findings from the FITC report and discusses the implications for the financial industry.
Decrease in Reported Cases:
According to the FITC report, there were 12,553 reported frauds and forgeries cases in Q1 2023, showing a 14.07 percent decrease from the previous quarter’s figure of 14,609 cases. This decline suggests positive progress in combating fraudulent activities. The report further indicates that mobile fraud, computer/web fraud, and POS-related fraud were the top three fraud categories with the highest number of occurrences, consistent with the trend observed in the previous quarter.
Reduction in Total Amount Involved and Lost:
The FITC report highlights a significant decrease in the total amount involved in fraud cases during Q1 2023. The sum decreased from N12.58 billion in the previous quarter to N2.59 billion, representing a 79.44 percent decrease. Additionally, the total amount lost to fraud decreased from N3.18 billion in Q4 2022 to N472 million in Q1 2023, marking an 85.13 percent decrease.
Staff Involvement and Other Cases:
While the overall reported cases decreased, the report highlights an increase in staff involvement, with 72 cases reported in Q1 2023, compared to 38 cases in Q4 2022, representing an 89.47 percent increase. The report also notes 124 unspecified cases and 6 collusion cases, emphasizing the need for robust internal control measures and continuous staff training to combat fraud.
Magnitude-Based Ranking of Fraud Categories:
The FITC report reveals that mobile fraud ranked highest in terms of the amount involved, accounting for N1.1 billion (42.72 percent). It was followed by computer/web fraud at N646 million (24.99 percent), POS fraud at N450 million (17.41 percent), and fraudulent withdrawals at N139 million (5.36 percent). These findings highlight the importance of implementing stringent security measures in mobile and online banking platforms to mitigate the risk of fraud.
Data from the FITC report shows that mobile fraud accounted for 34.07 percent (N161 million) of the total amount lost in Q1 2023, followed by computer/web fraud at 27.69 percent (N130 million), and fraudulent withdrawals at 24.72 percent (N116 million). These figures underscore the need for continuous efforts to enhance fraud prevention mechanisms and protect customers’ funds.
The FITC report on frauds and forgeries cases in Q1 2023 indicates a decrease in reported cases and the total amount involved, reflecting positive strides in combating fraud in the financial industry. However, the increase in staff involvement serves as a reminder for organizations to reinforce internal control systems. The report’s findings emphasize the importance of addressing mobile and computer/web fraud through robust security measures. By staying vigilant and implementing preventive measures, financial institutions can continue to safeguard customer funds and maintain trust in the banking system.