As the technological and financial worlds continue to converge, so do our two main areas of work. Whether as a computer forensic or financial expert, the need for a combined understanding of the two disciplines continues to draw closer as lines blur.
Thankfully, CCC has those in-house skills.
When dealing with digital investigations as a computer forensic expert, our approach, wherever possible, will be to comply with ACPO guidelines when seizing or analysing digital evidence. This has and should continue to ensure that any evidence adduced will be admissible in a criminal court of law or other tribunal.
When dealing with digital investigations as a computer forensic expert, our approach wherever possible has been to comply with ACPO guidelines when seizing or analysing digital evidence. This has and should continue to ensure that evidence adduced during an examination is admissible in a criminal court of law or other tribunal.
Note: We have that by adopting this approach, our evidence has been accepted for cases in North America, the Middle East, as well as the UK.
It is also important for clients or those acting for them to understand the role of a computer forensic expert. In that, it is the expert’s responsibility to provide relevant evidence irrespective of who it benefits, ensuring impartiality and that relevant parties are aware of the strengths and limitations of any findings.
The types of devices and locations that CCC can examine continues to grow and include:
- Digital Cameras
- External Hard Drives
- Games Consoles
- Memory Cards
- Mobile Devices
- Mobile Phones
- Smart Devices
- USB Sticks
Examples of data capable of capture from devices also continues to grow, examples of which include:
- Chat rooms
- Cloud services
- Connected devices
- Device backups – such as mobile phones
- Encrypted data
- File sharing programs
- Internet history
- Location – GPS Data
- Media files (audio messages, pictures & videos)
- Network connections
- Social media activity
- Virtual storage
- Webmail activity
- Wi-Fi SSIDs
Again, as technology develops, the reliability of electronic payment systems increases exponentially. As a result, the volume of electronic transactions and the speed at which they are made increases with no sign of this trend abating. Unfortunately, on occasions fraudsters can exploit this by creating a series of accounts through which it is possible to move monies swiftly, without breaching thresholds that would potentially bring them to the notice of authorities.
As the potential fraud increases, so do the number and types of targets fraudsters are looking to exploit. Consequently, all kinds of entities, as well as individuals, are facing an ever-increasing risk of becoming the victims of fraud. Where the resulting losses can be substantial and even more telling depending on personal circumstances. Where a relatively small amount to some is a lot to others.
We have found that some crimes go undetected for months, even years, depending on their guile and complexity. Unfortunately, we have found companies that, despite knowing they were being defrauded and having undertaken several audits, still could not identify how the fraud was being achieved. More often than not, this is because of weakness in their accounting systems, where despite processes and procedures being in place, they have not been implemented correctly, allowing for exploitation.
CCC has considerable experience investigating frauds in various guises.
Examples of cases successfully investigated include:
- Advance Fee
- Asset Stripping
- Credit Fraud
- Foreign Land
- Identity Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Internal Company Fraud
- Lending Fraud
- Letters Of Credit
- Mortgage Fraud
- Offshore Banking
- Ponzi schemes
- Prime Bank Instruments
- Securities and Investment (Shares)
- Teaming and Lading
- The use and abuse of Quasi Trusts
To name but a few!
As mentioned elsewhere, members of CCC have, on several occasions, been commended by trial judges for their work in connection with fraud investigations.
Our mantra, simple. “Follow the money.”
Whilst we specialise in digital forensics and financial investigations, those core elements do not in themselves always provide clients with a complete picture. Where investigations have identified those responsible, many questions may remain, for example:
- How did they do that?
- How can we stop it from happening again?
- Where’s our money?
Apart from recovering funds, clients need to know how they have become the victim of crime, so that processes and procedures can be put in place to prevent any recurrences taking place whilst restoring confidence in systems. This frequently requires additional services to be undertaken, many of which CCC undertake. Where this is not possible, those services are provided through very long-standing tried and tested partners giving clients access to the highest standards of service.
These services include:
“Getting a complete picture.”
- Asset Tracing
- Decryption Services
- Due Diligence
- Intelligence Gathering (OSINT, SMI)
- IT Security Reviews
- Password Analysis
- Penetration Testing
- Policy Review (IT and Financial)
- Wi-Fi Network analysis
Clients we have worked for
Much as we’d like to, we just can’t say, as client confidentiality is paramount at CCC.
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