Win-win: simplify the fraud audit process and help your accountant

As a Financial Controller, CFO, or Treasurer, you do not sit in the auditor’s chair. However, the question of whether these external auditors should be solely responsible for financial transactions remains. Especially now that it’s becoming easier to check transactions, you can easily create a win-win situation. The IBAN-Name Check simplifies checks and makes it easier to detect fraud, all while relieving your accountant of the workload.

As a Financial Controller, you’re responsible for overseeing the internal financial processes. For example, you confirm that the financial reports are correct. And are you a CFO? Then you have a strategic role as well as overseeing the overall financial policy. As a Treasurer you are responsible for managing cash and monitoring financial risks. In all three circumstances you are not an auditor, but you do have the same amount of control over financial fraud.

Different responsibilities, but the same goal

Each has their own responsibilities, which means the (external) auditor plays a different role from you as a Financial Controller, CFO or Treasurer. Nonetheless, you all share the same goals, which is to prevent financial fraud. If you can help each other in this, you will save time and effort on both sides while reducing the amount of fraudulent incidents the organisation faces.

Auditors have to evaluate the financial information that your organisation provides. It’s their responsibility to make sure that this information accurately reflects the organisation’s financial status. More specifically, since the financial year 2022, auditors have to include information on fraud and ongoing concerns in the audit report they create. This means that the auditor holds a significant (social) responsibility in the prevention and mitigation of fraud.

Help your accountant with IBAN-Name Check

Fraud prevention brings together the accountant’s responsibility and the objective of your organisation. To help your accountant, use the IBAN-Name Check.

The tool is simple and measurable. It works like this:

You can quickly keep track of all payments or set up single checks, such as checking IBANs and names for a month. This allows you to track down any internal or external fraudulent behaviour that could otherwise be costly to the organisation, while also gathering evidence that can help the auditors. This is how you help the auditor in reducing fraud and protect the organisation from financial risks

How does it work?

A single check using the IBAN-Name Check is quite simple and straightforward. Enter the IBAN and the name of the account holder. SurePay checks the information and will tell you whether there is a ‘match’, a ‘close match’ (e.g. in case of a spelling mistake) or ‘no match’. In the latter scenario, fraudulent activity could have taken place, for example, a fraudster provided a false name alongside the account number.

For additional checks, use the IBAN-Name Check in our Portal. Alternatively, you can use our API to check all payments or perform large-scale checks. You can even perform a File Check, which allows you to examine full data files for potential fraud.

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