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Some approaches to investigation

To help you in pursuing an investigation, there are some useful approaches you can use:

The V4P approach to conducting a fraud investigation

V4P stands for ‘Victim, Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare’ and is explained in more detail below.

Victim Working with the victim.
Pursue ​Prosecute, deny assets and dismantle operations.​
Prevent ​Deter people from engaging in economic crime by demonstrating that it does not pay.​
Protect ​Educate the public and businesses to prevent them from becoming victims of economic crime.​
Prepare​ Develop relationships with all sectors to ensure a thorough understanding of the causes and effects of economic crime.

You can read more about the 4Ps approach in the downloadable document at the foot of this page.

Fraud investigative strategies (MAP)

Every investigation has to have a strategy. This diagram outlines the MAP strategy that is used in many investigations.

MAP Click to enlarge

Safeguarding the assets and securing compensation for the victims are particularly important.

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