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Plan International has a zero tolerance policy on all fraud, bribery and corruption. Our Counter Fraud Unit is dedicated to preventing, detecting and investigating cases of fraud. Read about some recently resolved cases below and download full reports.

We thoroughly investigate each case of fraud, recover costs wherever possible and analyse how each instance can be avoided in the future.

FORGED SIGNATURES IN THE AMERICAS – MARCH 2018

Forged authorisation signatures were discovered on payment requests. Although there was no financial loss to Plan International, negligent staff members were disciplined and the supplier was blacklisted.

ALLEGED RECRUITMENT CORRUPTION IN WEST AFRICA – JULY 2018

A former Plan International staff member alleged corruption in a new recruitment process. The allegation was not proven and found to be malicious so a warning letter was issued.

FUEL MISUSE IN EAST/SOUTHERN AFRICA – AUGUST 2018

It was alleged that Plan International staff members were refuelling non-company vehicles on a Plan International account. Five staff members were found to be complicit in fraud. Four were dismissed and the other was warned. The lost funds (€594) were recovered.

STOLEN FUNDS IN ASIA – SEPTEMBER 2018

A staff member left the organisation without notification and with €1,267 of Plan International’s funds. The former staff member cannot be traced and the recovery of lost funds is not possible.

SPEAR PHISHING ATTACK IN MULTIPLE REGIONS – DECEMBER 2018

Spear phishing emails and calls pretending to be from a Plan International staff member were sent to multiple offices requesting assistance to book flight tickets. Advice was widely circulated by Plan International’s IT department to remind staff on the actions to be taken when phishing emails and calls are received. There was no loss to the organisation.