If you are one of the many workers making a successful transition to the remote work lifestyle, then you are likely enjoying a greater sense of freedom and control over your work-life balance. Working from home presents unique risks though, especially when it comes to fraud and accusations of such.
In some cases, white-collar crime may be easier to commit in a remote work setting. It is important for you to know some common types of work-from-home fraud so you can protect yourself from becoming a potential victim or suspect of malicious criminal activity.
1. Payroll fraud
When companies manage multiple teams of remote workers, it becomes more difficult to verify timesheet information and receipt of paychecks. Fraudsters can try to exploit these weaknesses to manipulate payroll or steal paychecks outright.
2. Compensation fraud
When working from home, employees with ill-intent might try to abuse their compensation benefits while they are not under the direct supervision of their bosses. Specifically, workers’ compensation can be a grey area when working remotely. It can be easy to fudge the details regarding whether or not an injury sustained at home is work-related.
3. Data theft
Data theft is another type of fraud in which an individual might try to abuse work-from-home resources to gain access to sensitive company data. They might then try to sell this data or use it to commit identity fraud.
While it can be hard to keep tabs on your colleagues in a remote work arrangement, you should do your utmost to be aware of any suspicious behavior occurring within your company. Fraud can happen at any time, and you want to avoid accusations being cast your way.