The ultimate tool for understanding, investigating, and preventing fraud
Fraud is an evil with a life of its own that leaves a financial, repetitional, and emotional toll on its victims. While monumental scandals such as Enron, WorldCom, and Madoff's Ponzi scheme make the front pages, fraud is a daily occurrence impacting companies and individuals alike. Faces of Fraud reveals must-know characteristics of fraudsters and the skills needed to outwit them. Recognized Fraud-Fighting Expert Martin Biegelman draws from his 40 years of experience fighting fraud to profile not only the key traits fraudsters share, but also the qualities fraud examiners must possess to be successful.
Although fraud will never be completely eradicated, there is much that can be done to reduce the number and size of frauds that take place in any organization. Boiling down the key lessons the author has culled from his long career, Faces of Fraud entertains and informs with stories from real cases the author investigated over his long career, and imparts useful tips you can start using right away in the fraud examination field.
The good: lots of war stories/case studies. Easy listening and entertaining.
The bad: light on second-order thinking; i.e., this book doesn’t work hard to extract lessons across cases. To the extent it attempts to do so, the lessons are hackneyed, such as “use imagination” and “teamwork.” Most chapters end with adages like: “We need to constantly repeat and remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”
The writing is competent but somewhat plodding. I groaned at one non-ironic invocation of Forrest Gump’s “life is like a box of chocolates…” Also, in a few instances, the author inserts entire press releases, indictments, and the like when a short summary would have been more effective.
The narration is ok but not inspired -- comfortable to listen at 1.5x to 2x.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book offered great case studies from a career in fraud investigations, but it was often difficult to keep listening as it was to easy to hear the reader turn pages and breath.
While some of the cases were indeed interesting most of this book seemed to be a self laudatory chronology of Mr. Biegelman's career. The pace of the reading was soooo very slow. On my phone I could increase the pace but on the web app for listening it is a painfully slow pace......It is regrettable that of the few books I have chosen to write a review it would be so negative. So many books I have rated as 4 to 5 stars. But hopefully this will spare another customer the wasted moments of plodding through this book.
What did you like best about Faces of Fraud? What did you like least?
The different stories and examples of what frauds took place and how they were found was good - the authors extensive experience comes through. A pity the writer over did how "evil" everyone who has done a fraud is, laid it on a bit thick when it wasn't necessary for the story line. I think the book could have been better structured, it did seem to jump around a lot without a clear reason.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Well to be honest if it wasn't related to my work this would be considered pretty boring and dull. I can't imagine many people would be interested in the depth of the sharing unless it is work related.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator sounds like the person who is the author, a pretty over serious individual I would not want to get stuck with at a party - but then not sure it is someone who would like parties.... But the style fit the work so I am not complaining.
Was Faces of Fraud worth the listening time?
It was worth listening for me but I don't think it would be for anyone without a serious interest in the subject. It is not a light hearted read...