Fraud Triangle - Motivation

This blog explores the motivation element of the fraud triangle, which refers to the factors that drive individuals to commit fraud.

The fraud triangle is a model used to explain the factors that contribute to fraudulent behaviour. The three elements of the fraud triangle are opportunity, rationalisation, and pressure.

Motivation, which is also referred to as pressure, is one of the elements of the fraud triangle. It refers to the personal and financial circumstances that may drive an individual to commit fraud. Examples of motivation could include financial difficulties, the desire for material possessions, the need to cover up a mistake or a previous fraud, or a desire for power or prestige.

It is important to note that not all individuals facing similar pressures or motivations will choose to engage in fraudulent behaviour. The combination of pressure, opportunity, and rationalisation is what increases the likelihood of fraudulent behaviour.

To prevent fraud, it is important to address the underlying motivation or pressures that individuals may face. This can include creating a positive work environment, offering financial and emotional support, and providing opportunities for professional growth and advancement. By creating a supportive work environment and addressing underlying pressures, organisations can reduce the risk of fraudulent behaviour and protect themselves from financial loss and reputational damage.


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