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Counter Fraud, Cybercrime and Forensic Accounting conference 2023

14-15 June 2023
Richmond Building, University of Portsmouth and online

The 12th annual Counter Fraud, Cybercrime and Forensic Accounting conference will be a two-day event, held at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June 2023. 

This year's conference will be hosted by our new Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime, and will feature invited speakers proposing papers to present to fellow practitioners, academics and researching peers.

The aim 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 keynote and plenary sessions will be available for delegates to stream online free of charge, and will also be recorded.

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Conference programme*

Wednesday 14 June: 9.00am - 6.00pm (breaks for lunch and networking)

9.00am - Registration in Richmond Atrium

10.00am - Opening Address by Professor Lisa Jack

Keynote: Chaired by Professor Lisa Jack

  • Abigail Bishop - Amazon
    Protecting Consumers from Impersonation Scams
  • Tim Robinson - Crowe UK
    Annual Fraud Indicator
  • Dr Dimitrios Kafteranis and Professor Umut Turksen - Coventry University
    Money laundering risks, and compliance and law enforcement challenges in relation to non-fungible tokens trade

12.00pm - Parallel speaker sessions

Romance Fraud 1: Chaired by Professor Mark Button

  • Dr Elisabeth Carter - Kingston University London
    Show me that you love me: Examining financial and intimate requests in romance fraud
  • Bing Han - University of Portsmouth
    Pig Butchering Scam in China
  • Dr Suleman Lazarus - London School of Economics, and Jack Whittaker - University of Surrey
    Romance Scams: A Systematic Review of Empirical Literature

12.00pm - Parallel speaker sessions

Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence: Chaired by Dr Branislav Hock

  • Dr Alexis Stenfors - University of Portsmouth
    Detecting Financial Market Manipulation using AI
  • Yair Sumban - Pegasystems Inc.
    Demystifying Digital Transformation: How are Financial institutions using Technology to counter Economic Crime? Can they do more?
  • Dr Adam Abukari - Coventry University
    Sustainable pathways for engendering trust and use of artificial intelligence in cross-border cooperation on tax crime and money laundering in the EU (online)

12.00pm - Parallel speaker sessions

Corporate Fraud and Forensic Accounting: Chaired by Dr David Shepherd

  • Dr Peter Tickner - Peter Tickner Associates Ltd
    What is wrong with the audit world? Where are all the Frauditors?
  • Frank Erkens - Holland Integrity Group, Open University
    A game theoretical approach to handle financial and economic crime
  • Ewart Hodge - Keele University, Large Loss Claims Specialist, NFU Mutual
    Using the F-word: A Post-Intentional Phenomenology of Loss Adjusters and Insurance Claims Fraud in the UK

2.30pm - Parallel speaker sessions

Policy challenges: Chaired by Dr Rinat Khusainov

  • Jemima Murray - Home Office
    Fraud strategy: Stopping scams and protecting the public
  • Dr Dominik Vítek - Czech Technical University
    Incident Management for Cybersecurity Compliance under the EU Legal Framework

2.30pm - Parallel speaker sessions

Modern Challenges of Fraud: Chaired by Professor Lisa Jack

  • Dr Jan Mei Soon-Sinclair - University of Central Lancashire
    Food fraud during the pandemic: How did the UK food supply chain mitigate the risks?
  • Mike Betts - Public Sector Fraud Authority
    Government Counter Fraud Profession 2023: Reflections, strategy and success

4.00pm - Keynote: Chaired by Professor Mark Button

  • Professor David Wall - University of Leeds
    Ransomware Attacks

4.45pm - Launch of the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime

  • Professor Anne Murphy, Professor Paul Hayes, Professor Mark Button and Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos - University of Portsmouth
  • Mark Cheeseman OBE - Public Sector Fraud Authority

Professor Tom Holt - Michigan State University
Exploring the consequences for victims of economic cybercrime

6.00pm - Drinks


Thursday 15 June: 9.00am - 3.30pm (breaks for lunch and networking)

9.00am - Registration in Richmond Atrium

9.30am - Parallel speaker sessions

Crypto Assets and Crime: Chaired by Dr Paul Gilmour

  • Dr Janice Goldstraw-White - Perpetuity Research
    Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – what does the counter fraud community need to know?
  • Amanda Gore - Centre for Global Advancement (C4GC)
    Emerging technologies in the gambling sector: Risks and opportunities for the sector (online)
  • Erjon Cibaku - University of Portsmouth
    Cybercrime Investigation - why only a few cases are prosecuted

9.30am - Parallel speaker sessions

Technology and Investigations: Chaired by Dr Branislav Hock

  • Dr Cody Porter - University West of England Bristol
    Detecting deception in insurance claims: Using the AIM technique
  • Dr Milind Tiwari - Charles Sturt University
    Shell Companies: Detecting a money laundering typology using graphs
  • Dr Cayle Lupton - University of Johannesburg
    Illegal wildlife trade in South Africa: The critical role of banks in combating money laundering (online)

9.30am - Parallel speaker sessions

Crime and Technology: Chaired by Professor Mark Button

  • Kate Whitman - University of Portsmouth
    Psychological Reactance to Anti-Piracy Messages explained by Gender and Attitudes
  • Michala Meiselles - Derby University
    Policing the Alterworld: Reframing international law to address the criminal liability of digital intermediaries for sex trafficking (online)
  • Dr Nidhi Mishra - Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (deemed to be University), Dr Ravi Shanker Datti - GITAM School of Gandhian Studies, and Maneela Sirisety - Rashtriya Raksha University
    Risk Perceptions And Safe Behaviours On The Internet Among Elderly In India (online)

11.30am - Plenary

Economic Criminology: Interdisciplinarity and Crime Disruption

  • Olúwatóoní Akinkùótù - Elsevier
  • Professor Nicholas Ryder - University of Cardiff
  • Dr Branislav Hock - University of Portsmouth

12.00pm - Morning panel

Romance Fraud 2: Chaired by Professor Mark Button

  • Cecilie Fjellhøy - star of Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler, LoveSaid
  • Anna Rowe - Catch The Catfish, Co-founder of LoveSaid
  • Anna Martin - City of London Police
  • Dr Elisabeth Carter - Kingston University London
  • Dr Hannah Shimko - Online Dating Association

Online Safety Bill: Promoting User Safety: Chaired by Dr Iain Reid

  • Hakim Charles - Nexus Horizon
  • Dr Sara Correia-Hopkins - Swansea University
  • Dr Lisa Sugiura - University of Portsmouth
  • Dr Monica Horten - Open Rights Group and policy lead, Online Safety Bill
  • Andrei Skorobogatov - Home Office

2.00pm Afternoon panel

Fraud Victims: Chaired by Dr Vasileios Karagiannopoulos

  • Professor Mark Button - University of Portsmouth
    Fear of Fraud: The Hidden Epidemic
  • Dr Cassandra Cross - Queensland University of Technology
    Data breach victimisation in Australia
  • Dr Michael Skidmore - Police Foundation
    The characteristics of serious fraud offending in the UK
  • Dr Martina Dove - Senior Researcher, Observability and Security, Seattle
    Challenges of cybersecurity professionals working in small and mid-size companies (online)

3.30pm - Conference close

*programme subject to change


The conference will feature more than 20 speakers commenting on the latest ideas and research in cybercrime and economic crime.

Key speakers will include:

  • Professor Tom Holt - Michigan State University
  • Abigail Bishop, Head of External Relations, Scam Prevention - Amazon
  • Tim Robinson, Senior Manager - Crowe UK
  • Dr Dimitrios Kafteranis, Assistant Professor in Law at the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity - Coventry University
  • Professor Umut Turksen, Professor in Law at the Centre Financial and Corporate Integrity - Coventry University
  • Professor David Wall, Professor of Criminology - University of Leeds


We are pleased to announce that our official sponsors this year are Crowe UK, Nexus Horizon, and Elsevier.

We are also grateful for our previous official sponsors, Crowe UK and Third Line Analytics.

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The conference will take place at the University's Richmond Building.

Richmond Building
Portland St
PO1 3DE 

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