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On June 8 and 9, 2015, I attended the first annual Caribbean Fraud Conference, entitled, Fraud, Compliance & Security: The Fraud Tiers, which was hosted byTrinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI) and Global Forensic Institute (GFI). In his welcome remarks, the Director of GFI promised “an educational experience like no other” and the facilitators certainly delivered on that promise.

The conference featured both local and international speakers, from a spectrum of backgrounds. The wealth of knowledge and experience possessed by our local experts is both heartening and commendable. Whilst all the presentations were relevant and highly informative, the presentation by Dale Joseph and WPC Candy Saunders-Alfred of the Cyber Crime Unit, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service was especially engaging. They highlighted the exposures we face daily, simply by browsing the internet, and this information is useful both in my personal and professional life.

It is evident from the presentations delivered that, money laundering, fraud (in particular larceny) and cyber-crimes, such as identity theft, are on the rise internationally. This conference served as a means of awareness and as one speaker stated, “what you know can’t hurt you.”

The final presentation, which was delivered by Major Sarwan Boodram, entitled, Krav Maga: The Combat Readiness Lifestyle, demonstrated defensive and lifesaving techniques and was the ideal culmination to the conference.

View pictures of the conference here.