Fraud and Cybercrime

The move to virtual business meetings and the reduction of physical encounters has undoubtably  opened new business opportunities and given way to cost reductions, but it has unfortunately also led to the rise of fraud and cybercrime. 

CRESCO Legal has seen two major types of fraud, measured by the number of cases and not the average value of a case:

  1. Fraud linked to non-existing companies or companies with no economic substance.
  2. Cybercrime in all its different facets links to tricking victims with the aim to defraud them.

CRESCO Legal in cooperation with the Forensic Accounting division of CRESCO Accounting and the Cybercrime division of CRESCOtec has prepared some tailor made services that help to prevent becoming victim of such crime or to take legal action, if the crime is already committed. 


Fraud linked to non-existing companies or companies with no economic substance_

Criminals take advantage of the limitation to do physical meetings and due diligence at the location of business partners. That’s why the promotion of business with non-existing companies or shell companies without economic substance is on the rise.

Typical frauds:

  • Investment” companies promote to provide funding for projects. They then often charge an application fee, a due diligence fee, governmental fees or for the set-up of an SPV against payment, to name just the most common ones. These companies often have professional looking websites and an impressive list of board members. This façade lures victims to believe, that they have now found a trust worthy partner for a project and start paying in the strong belief, that this will secure the long awaited investment.
  • Impersonation” of a company with a similar name, offering special trading deals. This fraud was seen for example during the beginning of the COVID crisis, when companies pretended to be active in the provision of personal protection equipment or COVID tests. 

CRESCO Legal offers you the service to conduct background checks on companies located in the major countries in the GCC region, India, Philippines, China and part of Africa. These checks prevent you engaging with a partner, that doesn’t deserve your trust.


Cybercrime in all its difference facets linked to tricking victims to defraud them_

Cybercrime is on the rise and is growing from a nuisance to a life threatening danger, where as the big cases of IT misuse often become an affaire between governments, but victims of the day-to-day cyber frauds often find themselves alone in their fight for justice. 

Such kinds of crime are especially difficult to fight, as it usually includes several jurisdictions (location of victim, location of server, location of company, location of bank ….) and the amounts are often below the threshold to make a legal case worth its while. 

CRESCO Legal in cooperation with the cybercrime division of CRESCOtec and the forensic accounting division of CRESCO Accounting provides a quick analysis of the situation and shows the possible actions one can take. 

The comprehensive network of international partner firms allows CRESCO Legal to take action in a lot of countries around the globe, including Asia and Africa. 


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