What is Commercial Financial Crime Insurance?

Commercial Financial Crime Insurance can protect your company against direct losses that could occur due to the theft of money, property and other valuable assets, whether by a member of staff or a third party. Computer fraud, forgery of important documents and damage or destruction of property are other ways you could be hit.

With statistics showing that almost a quarter of UK SMEs have been affected by fraud, dedicated Financial Crime Insurance can provide better protection from both internal and external fraudulent activities than other policies that cover employee dishonesty.

Why do you need Crime Insurance Cover?

Within any business, even one employing just a handful of staff, there is always a risk that an individual could engage in fraudulent activity in order to steal money or property.

It can understandably be difficult to accept that a member of your team may be engaging in such activities. However, the fact is that it is often the most trusted, senior staff who know how to bypass security systems and avoid suspicion until it is too late.

One example is what is known as Employee-led fraud. This is when an employee conspires with a supplier or customer to create invoices and payments for goods or services not actually supplied; sharing the monies fraudulently received between them.

Another way businesses can be targeted is through what is called ‘Fake President Fraud’. This is where someone pretending to be a senior figure within an organisation contacts the finance department asking them to make urgent or unusual payments. Requests may be made by phone or email and in some cases the company’s email system will have been hacked so the fraudsters can make requests from a legitimate address.

The most common fraud, that is targeted at SMEs is Mandate Fraud, where third-party fraudsters claim to be a legitimate supplier and ask your finance department to amend their bank details. Payments made into this new account are then stolen by the fraudsters, rather than being received by the supplier as expected.

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What does Financial Crime Insurance cover?

These are just some of the ways your business could be affected by criminal activity and staying ahead of the fraudsters can prove difficult. Yet with the right level of Commercial Crime Insurance, you can rest assured that if your company is targeted, you would not be alone. Things your Commercial Financial Crime Insurance may cover include:

  • Your businesses’ own money, securities and property plus that belonging to third parties which you are responsible for
  • The costs of defending third party accusations of employee dishonesty – this may include unfounded allegations which can be costly, time consuming and disruptive
  • Access to a choice of specialists to investigate and resolve claims successfully


Who needs Financial Crime Insurance?

Commercial Financial Crime Insurance is suitable for businesses of all types and sizes. However, in our experience SMEs are often the most at risk, as they may not have the same levels of security in place as bigger companies.

Talk to Stanmore the insurance people about Commercial Crime Insurance now – call our team on 01204 570 370