Finding online fraudsters is easier than you think
There is a lot of information hidden behind a website than meets the eye. For example, by using specialised search tools, it is easy to discover who owns a certain website. Not only can you identify associated email addresses and phone numbers but you can get their postal address. This information is crucial to unmasking an online fraudster.
Searching domain name registries for a company’s website can reveal:
This information can be used during investigations and asset traces not only to track down fraudsters, but to understand how multiple individuals and companies may be secretly linked to each other.
For instance, in competitive bids, fraudulent suppliers sometimes set up numerous companies with different names to pitch for the same contract in order to increase their chances of success. A savvy procurement officer that receives separate quotes from two suspicious bidders might use a domain search tool to find that their websites are linked to the same IP address, despite their claim to be in different locations.
The below tools can be useful in discovering details behind a website or email address:
KPMG’s Corporate Intelligence team would supplement information obtained from these types of databases with our wider technology-enabled desktop research and our network of third-party human intelligence sources.
For more information about our corporate intelligence capabilities, please contact our Corporate Intelligence Team.
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