Continuing with the Ahead for Business Programme and trying to help businesses get ahead in Tyrone, Ulster Bank held their latest Fraud Awareness Seminar in Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh. The objective of the seminar is to help businesses keep themselves safe, by understanding the threats from fraud and what measures they can take to counteract these risks.
Ulster Bank Fraud Seminar
Shauna Burns, Head of Mid Ulster & Fermanagh Business centre welcomed 50 local business people to the business suite of the hotel and introduced the first speaker Margaret Hunter, RBS Security & Resilience. Margaret gave an overview of trends that the bank are experiencing and discussed hints and tips on cheque and invoice fraud. Michelle Garrigan, Head of On line Operations was the second speaker and gave the audience a great feel for the sophistication of fraudsters and what the banks golden security rules are regarding bankline. With some surprising statistics for the audience:
- 1m people are affected daily by cybercrime
- 170,000 identities stolen each year
- Online fraud costs the UK economy £27bn each year
Fight Against Fraud
After a series of questions and answers, Shauna Burns closed the seminar and recommended that everyone shared the information of the day to business colleagues, family and friend to help “the fight against fraud”.
The local business team who were also in attendance received very positive feedback from the audience who appreciated the event being held in Omagh;
- “great speakers, good content and good length”
- “Definitely something I need to consider more in my own business”
- “Can we arrange another for all local solicitors?”
- “excellent event, very informative & worthwhile”