News

Welcome to the PDA news page where you will find regular team updates, training, interviews, fact sheets, and articles from the counter fraud community.

Fraud on the Dark Web – November 2021

Following the release of our last Dark Web report earlier this year, there have been some significant changes in the...
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Oxford Investigation Service Annual Fraud Conference

Peter Darby Associates (PDA) is delighted to announce their attendance at this year’s Oxford Investigation Service Annual Fraud Conference, where...
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Last few places on our forthcoming ACFTech course

There are just a few places still available on our forthcoming ACFTech course starting on 28th September 2021. The course...
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Interview with Laura Weaver

Read our recent interview with Laura Weaver, who currently works as an NHS Counter Fraud Investigator, and learn about what...
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Latest News

Oxford Investigation Service Annual Fraud Conference

Oxford Investigation Service Annual Fraud Conference

Peter Darby Associates (PDA) is delighted to announce their attendance at this year’s Oxford Investigation Service Annual Fraud Conference, where you will be able to meet Pete, Malcom, and Ian to ask any counter fraud training questions you may have. Best of all, a...

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Interview with Laura Weaver

Interview with Laura Weaver

Read our recent interview with Laura Weaver, who currently works as an NHS Counter Fraud Investigator, and learn about what her job entails, why she chose to work in counter fraud and what rewards and challenges she faces within the industry. Tell us about yourself...

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Course News

Digital Document Forensics

Digital Document Forensics

Our Digital Document Forensics course is now available as both classroom and online training. This training will provide students with the skills required to inspect digital documents (like PDF files or word documents) and digital images for tampering which could...

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Interviews

Interview with Laura Weaver

Interview with Laura Weaver

Read our recent interview with Laura Weaver, who currently works as an NHS Counter Fraud Investigator, and learn about what her job entails, why she chose to work in counter fraud and what rewards and challenges she faces within the industry. Tell us about yourself...

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CaseNotes

CaseNotes

Read our recent interview with John Douglas, creator of the investigative note taking software CaseNotes, and find out about his background, how his tool works and why it can be beneficial to investigations. Please tell us about yourself and the work that you...

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Getting to know Ian

Getting to know Ian

What is your favourite part of the job?My favourite part of the job is interacting with course attendees and delivering what I hope is an enjoyable and informative course. What tasks does your job entail?Delivering a course on Identity document fraud awareness...

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Fact Sheets

Fundamentals to Countering Fraud; Ransomware

Fundamentals to Countering Fraud; Ransomware

What is Ransomware?  Ransomware is a malicious computer program that encrypts files, preventing access to them. Victims have to pay the ransomware author or group to unlock their files.  Ransomware usually spreads via malicious email attachments or...

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Fundamentals to Countering Fraud; Phishing

Fundamentals to Countering Fraud; Phishing

What is Phishing?  Phishing is a broad term for any fraudulent messages that aim to trick its receivers into revealing sensitive info. The attacker usually ‘spoofs’ (alters) their address/number to disguise themselves as someone known to the victim, or someone in a...

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Fundamentals to Countering Fraud; ADVOKATE

Fundamentals to Countering Fraud; ADVOKATE

What is ADVOKATE? • Amount of time • Distance • Visibility • Obstruction• Known to the witness• Any reason for remembering• Time • Errors In detail  A – Amount or length of time the witness had the suspect under observation D – Distance between the...

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Fraud on the Dark Web

Fraud on the Dark Web

Fraud on the Dark Web

PDA have already released numerous reports on the fraud materials market on the Dark Web. This post aims to provide an insight into what the Dark Web is, and why it is important to fraud investigators. What is the Dark Web? A ‘Dark Web’ is a collection of sites which...

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Fraud on the Dark Web – February 2021

Fraud on the Dark Web – February 2021

The PDA Fraud on the Dark Web – February 2021 bulletin has been released. This quarterly bulletin looks at how changes in the dark web landscape affects the sale of fraud items and services. This quarter we’ve seen a major market ‘exit scamming’, a flood of...

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Fraud on the Dark Web – October 2020

Fraud on the Dark Web – October 2020

This is the second Bulletin in an occasional series identifying and highlighting the fraud typology taking place on the Dark Web  Key points and developments:  There were roughly 11,500 adverts for fraud related items available in October 2020. This is...

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