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Tag Archives: risk management

Fraudulent Wire Transfers – the latest word

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. In the past few years we have seen quite a few of these costly and tragic situations and paid a number of claims made against our CPA firm and investment professionals clients. The essence is that a CPA or adviser (or Trustee) is induced by a trick, artifice or […]

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Evaluating Clients – Part Four – A Suggested Questionnaire

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb You may recall the blog postings on the subject of client screening which appeared last year.  To recap, these postings are: Evaluating Clients – Part One – Why you should evaluate clients? Evaluating Clients – Part Two – Assessing Potential Clients Evaluating Client – Part Three – Using Client […]

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Using Indemnification Clauses to protect your firm

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb All CPAs know that a signed engagement letter is a crucial tool in the defense of a professional negligence lawsuit. The engagement letter memorializes the terms of the engagement, details what services you are performing and more importantly, the services you are NOT offering (i.e. you will not detect […]

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Control of client funds

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb If your CPA firm has control of client funds and can write checks on clients’ bank or investment accounts you may have an exposure to CPAs or firm staff abusing the signatory authority by stealing or misusing the client funds in the firm’s custody and control.  This could apply to bill […]

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How To Protect Your Accounting Firm From a Cyber Attack

Facts you need to know on cyber attacks

By Nick Matarazzo A data breach can wreak havoc on your business and its reputation. Not to mention the fines incurred and countless hours you will spend reviewing your computers and the source of the threat. Research suggests that 90% of cyber attacks stem from a phishing or social engineering attack. Educate your employees about […]

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SOCIAL ENGINEERING/WIRE TRANSFER FRAUD – A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD SCAM.

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by Rickard Jorgensen FCII, ARM, ACIArb. As we discussed in prior postings, social engineering is a major problem for CPAs. Go to:  here for risk management advice and here for coverage details Social engineering is a deception to manipulate individuals into carrying out a particular act, such as transferring money, handing over confidential information or […]

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A new variation on Comfort letters – Third Party Verification Letter requests from Investment Professionals

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Comfort letters issued to lenders and mortgage companies have been a quite common practice for Tax Professionals.  Such letters are used to verify income for the purchase of a home or other asset.  The provision of comfort letters is relatively simple and merely require a review of tax return […]

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Using the engagement letter to reduce cyber liability exposure

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By Nick Matarazzo In this digital age, accountants are being forced to deal with all sorts of cyber threats. A well-worded engagement letter can help guard you against a cyber-related liability claim from your client and minimize your overall firm liability. Even if you are careful about your clients’ data, you may still be held […]

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Up in Smoke II – What’s happening in Banking?

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Although not directly connected to the practice of accounting it is useful to know what is happening in other industries. In this case in particular, we are talking about the highly controversial cannabis business. Big Tobacco and the brewing industry are watching with great interest developments at the Department […]

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Fundamental Coverage Deficiency – delayed notice of claims

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT – if you have a multi-partner or multi-office firm and communication regarding potential claims might be delayed, then it is important to ensure that your insurer will not deny coverage if you don’t advise a potential claim until after the renewal date. —————————————————————————————————————— When reviewing the […]

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