White collar crime often doesn't make the news, because it's not as dramatic as something like a murder or a bank robbery of a hostage situation. Still, white collar criminals cost companies and governments billions of dollars every year and ruin thousands of lives, whether it be with bribery, public corruption, counterfeiting, fraud, or embezzlement.
Fraud, embezzlement, identity theft, counterfeiting, and investment schemes cost the U.S. billions of dollars each year. Protect your business, assets, and personal livelihood from these and other white-collar crimes: choose the experts at International Counterintelligence Services for your investigation needs!
White-collar crime is a broad term that refers to a wide variety of nonviolent crimes. The term “white-collar” is used to describe this particular group of crimes because these crimes are typically committed in business settings by “white-collar” employees. Some of the most common types of white-collar crimes include:
- Fraud (all types)
- Money laundering
- Insider trading
- Investment schemes
- Identity Theft
- High Tech Crimes
In general, there are two categories of white-collar crimes: occupational crimes and organizational or corporate crimes. Generally speaking, white-collar crime describes any deliberately deceptive action aimed at securing unlawful gains for oneself or one’s organization. Occupational crimes are crimes committed by individuals seeking to make money themselves. Organizational or corporate crimes involve illegal actions aimed at securing some type of financial gain for an organization.
White-collar crime is serious
In the past, white-collar crimes received little attention by the public at large. This is likely due to the nonviolent nature of these crimes. However, in more recent years and in light of such scandals as the Enron affair and Martha Stewart’s insider trading conviction, these types of crimes have received more attention by the media. Subsequently, the public is more aware of such criminal activity. Indeed, the public should be concerned about white-collar crimes because members of the public are usually the victims.
The FBI estimates that white-collar crimes cost the U.S. more than $300 billion in losses annually. Not only do white collar criminals cost companies, individuals, and governments billions of dollars every year, but they ruin thousands of lives, whether it be with bribery, public corruption, counterfeiting, fraud, or embezzlement.
Increased white-collar criminal activity has resulted in government and specialized nonprofit organizations taking more stringent measure to identify and prosecute criminals. Despite these efforts, individuals and business are still at high risk of falling victim to this corruption.
New Era of White-collar Crime
Not only have new advances in technology opened the door to a flood of never before thought of criminal activity, but new technologies have also made it easier for thieves to gain access to information and to cover their tracks. High-tech crimes such as phishing, computer virus attacks, and hacking are just a few new ways white-collar criminals are carrying out unlawful behavior that could hurt you.
Protect Yourself and Your Business: Choose ICS
When conducting a white-collar crime investigation, you need investigators with the sharpest technical skills in order to outsmart and catch the crooks. That's where ICS comes in.
White-collar crimes are some of the most difficult to prosecute because finding evidence to prove a crime took place is increasingly difficult. Choosing the expertise of seasoned investigative professionals at ICS is the best way to locate concrete, admissible evidence. Bear in mind, white-collar crimes are usually committed by sophisticated, highly intelligent individuals who are masters at concealing their criminal activity. Fortunately, even the most elaborate criminal mind is no match for the skilled expertise of ICS’s white-collar investigative team.
Our private investigators are handpicked and have years of experience in their fields of investigation. ICS gives you the edge you need to get the job done. We employee qualified, licensed, investigative experts from varying professional backgrounds to ensure that our team is ready to handle any and every type of investigative situation.