Key Learning Points:

  • Why someone might send a false invoice
  • Red flags that suggest an invoice is fraudulent
  • The importance of due diligence on suppliers that send invoices
  • How to check if an invoice is genuine
  • What to do if you discover you have received a false invoice

Course Overview

False invoices can cause businesses many problems. Spotting them when they arrive is key to avoiding this issue – but that is sometimes be easier said than done. Fraudulent companies can go to great lengths to make their false invoices seem legitimate or impersonate genuine companies.

In this microlearning course you will explore how false invoicing can result in supplier fraud and earn customer rating stars for correctly identifying how it can be recognised and prevented.

Course Details

  • Course duration: 5 minutes
  • Available in 3 Languages

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  • Bite-sized learning designed for knowledge retention
  • Certificate on completion
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The Assessment

Learners are presented with the scenario of John, who has just received an invoice he suspects is not genuine. They answer multiple-choice questions about his dilemma. Making the right choices earns them stars, and they pass the course.

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False Invoicing

Supplier fraud can occur during the invoicing stage of the procurement process. It could be in the form of a false or duplicate invoice, or an invoice that contains prices exceeding the agreed contract rates. It could overcharge per unit or include hidden costs such as administration or delivery charges.

This type of fraud can cost businesses dearly. Training staff to recognise false invoices protects the company's assets and reputation.

False Invoicing


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What is false invoicing?
False invoicing is often used by employees to misappropriate funds from their employers. It is one of the most common types of fraud in business committed by employees and costs businesses thousands of pounds each year. According to a survey by Lloyds Bank, 52 percent of respondents have experienced false invoicing fraud with law firms, HR companies, and IT businesses being most at risk.
How are false invoices used for fraud?
Paying a false invoice without carefully reviewing what it’s for can cost businesses thousands of pounds. False invoices are often issued for products or services that were never purchased or delivered. False invoices can also be for legitimate purchases but for inflated pricing or with additional charges.
How to spot a false invoice?
There are a number of red flags to look for with a false invoice. This includes company name which is often not a registered company, fake company logo, no physical address is supplied, incorrect dates are used, no tax details are included, description of products and services is insufficient, and invoice contains casual language or grammar and spelling mistakes.

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