Global Crime Survey 2014

Key findings


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  • Asset misappropriation (63% of companies) is the most common economic crime, followed by bribery and corruption (38%) money laundering (25%), procurement fraud (25%) and cybercrime (17% of companies).
  • Almost one in five Hungarian respondents said that their company was asked to pay a bribe in the last 24 months, and one in three respondents believe that their company lost an opportunity to a competitor that paid a bribe.
  • Corruption is more common in Hungary (38%) than in the CEE region (34%) or globally (27%).
  • The share of respondents experiencing cybercrime increased four-fold, from 4% to 17%, and is expected to rise further. About a third of respondents indicated that their perception of cybercrime risks has increased over the last 24 months, compared to 14% in 2011.
  • External parties (vendors and customers) are the typical perpetrators of economic crime (58%). Fraud committed by vendors (21%) is twice as common as in the region (11%) or globally (10%).
  • The share of internal perpetrators is 42%, which is slightly lower than in the CEE region (46%). The typical internal fraudster is a 31-40-year-old male who has been with the company for three to five years.
  • In the case of internal perpetrators, the organisations usually notify the law enforcement authorities (70%) or take civil action (60%) – these figures exceed both CEE and global results. However, internal fraudsters are fired in only half of the cases (50%), which is way below regional (78%) and global (79%) levels.
  • Similarly, in the case of external perpetrators, organisations notify law enforcement (50%); or take civil action (57%), but business relationships are discontinued only in a third of all cases.
  • Companies are taking a stronger stance against fraud: no respondents said that their organisation did nothing in response to an internal fraud allegation, compared to 22% in 2011.