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Counter Fraud, Cybercrime and Forensic Accounting Conference 2024

12-13 June 2024
Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth and online

The 13th annual Counter Fraud, Cybercrime and Forensic Accounting conference will be hosted by the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th June 2024.

This year's conference will have over 40 speakers from across the globe sharing their research and expertise on a range of themes, including Online Harms, Victims of Fraud, Anti-Fraud Technology, Cybersecurity and Hacking, Digital Threats, Telecommunication Frauds, Beneficial Ownership, Fraud Investigation, Government Responses to Fraud, Fraud Detection, Organised and Environmental Crime, and Auditing.

The aim of the conference is to network, share our research and insights into techniques, ideas, or approaches that help to inform fellow scholars and professionals on important debates in the field of cybercrime, economic crime and forensic accounting. The live plenary and keynote sessions will be streamed free of charge. 

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Conference programme*

Wednesday 12 June: 9.00am - 6.00pm (breaks for lunch and networking)

9.00am - Registration in Richmond Atrium

10.00am - Opening Address by Professor Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth, UK.

Keynote: Chaired by Professor Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth, UK.

  • Professor Durgesh Pandey, National Forensic Sciences University, India. 
    Unravelling fraud detection with forensic accounting: The power of global collaboration.
  • Tim Robinson, Crowe UK. Scanning the fraud and cybercrime landscape.
  • Tiffany Skinner and Harry Buxton, Prevent Team, National Cyber Crime Unit, National Crime Agency, UK. Disrupting the DDoS – for Hire marketplace – The NCA’s innovative deception and disruption techniques to undermine the confidence in DDoS-for-Hire services and OPERATION CRONOS: The Takedown of Lockbit Ransomware.

12.00pm - Parallel Speaker Sessions

Theme 1 - Victims of Fraud

  • Dr Elisabeth Carter, Kingston University, UK. I didn’t realise until it was too late: Uncovering transitional techniques in fraudulent communications.
  • Professor Mark Button, University of Portsmouth, UK. Fear, fraud and phoning among older adults.
  • Professor Yaniv Hanoch, Coventry University, UK. Can you spot the fraudulent ticket? The role of critical thinking, impulsivity and risk preference. (Co-author: N. Eskinazi.)   

Theme 2 - Online Harms

  • Adebayo Soares, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria. Cross-border response to cybercrime: A Nigerian case study.
  • Richard Brain, ProCheckUp Ltd, UK. Defending against AI-driven cyber attacks and advanced social engineering: Strategies and solutions.
  • Anda Solea and Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos, University of Portsmouth, UK. Evaluating Meta's Terrorism and Violent Extremism Content (TVEC) moderation strategies: Policies, concerns and responses.

Theme 3 - Technology

  • Constantin Bogdan Vacusta, University of Portsmouth and Constantin Nica, National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics - ICI Bucharest. Romania. Blockchain-based solution to mitigate ransomware incidents.
  • Dr Abdulrazaq Almorjan and Dr Qazi Emad Ul Haq, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Saudi Arabia. An intelligent deep learning based emerging fraud detection system using Large Language Models (LLMs). (Co-author: Mr. Muhammad Hamza Faheem.)
  • Dr Mark Leiser, VU-Amsterdam, Netherlands. Unravelling safety-by-design and techno solutionism in the prevention of CSAM: Lessons from cyber-regulatory theory. (Co-authors: Tijmen Wisman and Andrew Murray.)     

2.30pm - Parallel Speaker Sessions

Theme 4 - Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

  • Mike Tiutin, AMLBot. Cracking the Code: Insights from 1500 fraud cases.
  • Andrei Sribny and Merit Leib, AML Certification Centre, Estonia. Building an effective AML compliance program: Strategies for success.

Theme 5 - Digital Threats

  • Samiksha Das, OP Jindal Global University, India. Eyeing the phish: Unravelling gazing patterns and fixation duration in response to phishing threats. (Co-author: Prof. Vipin Vijay Nair.)
  • Umang Popat, MCABA Ltd, UK. Deepfake: A challenge to the financial institution.

Theme 6 - Telecommunication Frauds

  • Shigeru Yotoriyama, Ret. Senior Commissioner, National Police Agency, Japan. Responses to Southeast Asia-based telecommunication fraud targeting people across Japan.
  • Dr Bing Han, University of Portsmouth, UK.   Telecommunication network fraud in China.

4.00pm - Afternoon Plenaries
Keynote Speakers:

  • Andrei Skorobogatov, and Ayesha Babar, Home Office, UK. International coordination of the counter fraud response leading on from the Global Fraud Summit.
  • Professor Rutger Leukfeldt, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement and Centre of Expertise Cybersecurity, Hague University of Applied Sciences. Pathways into cybercrime and online interventions.

5.15pm - Reception


Thursday 13 June: 9.00am - 3.45pm (breaks for lunch and networking)

9.00am - Registration in Richmond Atrium

09.30am - Parallel Speaker Sessions

Theme 8 - Beneficial Ownership and Corporate Transparency

  • Dr Samuel Sittlington, The Fraud Company Ltd., UK. Big data investigation of economic crime and corruption overseas.
  • Dr Musa Adamu Aliyu, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Nigeria. Beneficial ownership transparency and the role of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) in Nigeria.
  • Digmari Leonor Rodoli Santos, General Directorate of Public Contracting, Dominican Republic. The importance of beneficial ownership transparency when investigating fraud in public procurement.           

Theme 9 - Fraud Investigation

  • Soh Kee Hean, Singapore University of Social Sciences. Paradigm shift in preventing fraud.
  • Dr Janice Goldstraw-White, Perpetuity Research, UK and Professor Mark Button, University of Portsmouth, UK. Alliances unveiled: Partnership typologies in the fight against economic crime.
  • Tim Robinson, Crowe UK. Fraud and corruption in mining.

Theme 10 - Government Responses 

  • Birgitta Landelius and Dr Peter Stiernstedt, Knowit Cybersecurity & Law, Sweden. Evaluation and follow-up of information security within Swedish government agencies. Challenges and opportunities for civil preparedness.
  • Dr Lorenzo Bernardini, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Combating violation of EU restrictive measures through criminal law: A brand new response to emerging frauds?
  • Dr Jesse Ngari, University of Portsmouth, UK. Evaluating Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Strategies in the financial services sector in Kenya.          

11.30am - Parallel Speaker Sessions

Theme 11 - Fraud Detection

  • Dr Cody Porter, University of the West of England Bristol and Dr Iain Reid, University of Portsmouth, UK. Applying deception detection methods to economic crime contexts: A multidisciplinary approach.
  • Dr Iain Reid, University of Portsmouth, UK. Exploring the ethics of cyber deception technologies.      

Theme 12 - Audit

  • Dr Peter Tickner, Peter Tickner Associates, UK. The Laird of Tomintoul: The £5 million fraud that shook Scotland Yard to its core.
  • Dr Rasha Kassem, Aston University, UK. Effective methods for detecting fraudulent financial reporting: Practical Insights from Big 4 auditors.

Theme 13 - Organised Crime  

  • Matteo Anastasio, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy. Criminals, partners, or enablers? Making sense of lawyers’ involvement into economic crimes by mafia members in Italy.
  • Emmanuel Pascal, Condor Strike / Paris Dauphine PSL, France. How to fight Greenwashing with data analytics

Theme 14 - Cybercrime

  • Thea Sogenbits, Estonian Tax and Customs Board. Cracking the code: Unveiling carding crime through the darknet-acquired Criminal Carding Manual and the Business Model Canvas. (Co-author: Professor Umut Turksen, Coventry University.)
  • Soraya Harding, Simon Marsden and Edward Bousfield, University of Portsmouth, UK. Hacking assessment tools in IoT environments: Friend vs Hacker.

1.30pm - Afternoon Plenaries

Keynote Speakers:

  • Oleksiy Feshchenko, former advisor to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Writings on the wall: How technology (virtual assets and more) is changing finances and organized crime.
  • Olúwatóoní Akinkuotu, Elsevier, and Dr Branislav Hock, University of Portsmouth, UK.  Emerging trends in Economic Criminology.
  • Mike Betts, Cabinet Office and Chris Freeman, Public Sector Fraud Authority. Public Sector Fraud Model (PSFM): A new model to counter fraud designed for the public sector.

3.15pm Closing remarks and Award for Best Poster

3.30pm Close

*programme subject to change


The conference will feature more than 40 speakers commenting on the latest ideas and research in cybercrime and economic crime.

Key speakers will include:

  • Professor Rutger Leukfeldt (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement and Center of Expertise Cybersecurity, Hague University of Applied Science);
  • Oleksiy Feshchenko (former advisor to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).
  • Professor Durgesh Pandey (Professor of Practice, National Forensic Sciences University, India);
  • Andrei Skorobogatov and Ayesha Babar (Home Office, International Fraud)
  • Chris Freeman and Michael Betts (Public Sector Fraud Authority)
  • Tiffany Skinner and Harry Buxton (National Cyber Crime Unit, National Crime Agency).


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