Fraud Investigator job description

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Fraud investigators play a specialised role in the field of modern crime investigation. Positions are available in both the public and private sectors, liaising with victims of fraud, the police and eventually court officials, when criminal cases are concluded
Some fraud investigators work for local councils, investigating benefit fraud and compiling reports for the police and other government officials. No experience is necessary for the most junior roles, but a good academic background is helpful. Senior employees should keep well up-to-date with all regulations, while some roles require PINS qualifications
In the private sector, many roles are based in the insurance industry, investigating fraudulent claims, such as those from motor accidents. These roles require the employee to interview claimants, using modern profiling techniques to assist the investigation. These officers should be well-organised, complying with all IFB protocols
The average UK salary for this position is £23,000, with the highest-paid jobs in London and the southeast. Employees should be able to work flexible hours, with an interest in working towards professional qualifications in order to progress.

Description

Fraud Investigators are required to prevent and detect fraudulent cases related to financial irregularities and other threats. They work for local authorities performing investigations at offices, external agencies, and individual homes. These investigators can help police and other agencies such as Department of Work and Pensions, Benefits Agency, Audit and Review, Revenues and Benefits, among others.

Fraud Investigators usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Investigating allegations of fraud.
• Conducting witness interviews.
• Gathering evidence.
• Organising workloads.
• Producing reports.

Skills

• Being able to work alone or with a team.
• Having IT skills.
• Being assertive.
• Having high attention to details.
• Having competent market knowledge.
• Being confident and trustworthy.
• Having good communication abilities.
• Being able to work under pressure.
• Having negotiation skills.
• Being organised.

Education

Fraud Investigation jobs require a high level of academic background with A level standards. Applicants need to have an understanding of relevant legislation, such as Police and Criminal Evidence Act, training related to Human Rights Act, and experience in police work or fraud investigation procedures.

Other requirements can include a BTEC diploma, Higher National Diploma, Higher National Certificate, GCSE’s/S grades (A-C/1-3) in English and Math, or a degree related to this subject.

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