Cos feel frauds are 'inevitable cost' of doing biz: KPMG
It revealed that many companies are setting aside some amount of their turnover taking into account possible frauds, leakages or theft.
In the last two years, there has been a substantial increase in the incidence of frauds. "Close to 55 per cent of respondents indicated that their organisations experienced fraud in the last two years vis-a-vis 45 per cent in 2010 edition of our survey," KPMG said.
The findings come at a time when some high profile corporate frauds such as the one related to Reebok have come to light.
About 71 per cent of the respondents felt that frauds are an inevitable cost of doing business, the report said. Among the respondents, 80 per cent are those who stated that they had experienced fraud in the last two years. "Indian companies outnumbered multinational firms in this view," it added.
The growing pressure to perform in companies amid tough economic conditions more often leads to situation that results in frauds, Rohit Mahajan, Partner and Co-Head (Forensic Services) at KPMG in India, said.
"The futuristic frauds identified rely on technology and allow fraudsters to work in groups to leverage their full might. Irrespective of size, sector and operations, every company was vulnerable," Mahajan noted.
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