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How to Tell If a Conference is Legitimate

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Participation in International Conferences are ideal channels for education, technology transfer, personal information enrichment and networking . However, because of its  global nature there is no international police power strong enough nor capable enough to protect individuals from conference scams due to border issues, territorial limitations and foreign relations. This is evidenced by the proliferation of internet scams all over the world. Another example is piracy which despite international effort has  accelerated in recent years.

 Participating in an international conference is not without risk basically on the financial side. It is the same as buying an item from an online store.

 It is with this in mind that we raise the issue, Are all conferences legitimate? has a conference database of over 50, 000 events.  How do we protect ourselves from shams who postulate as conference organizers and then run away with your money. Let me suggest a few ways and you too may add your own ideas and experience to help others avoid such frauds.


  1. Track Record – Conferences/exhibitions with past conference reviews and testimonials complete with credible images are good candidates.  Although I have to read a testimonial that has negative remarks, most often they are glowing and obviously exaggerated.
  2. Physical evidence – telephone numbers, fax, addresses, names of persons, and forums other than the organizer’s site would be very helpful . If there is no other way of communicating with the organizers other than via, email,start to be wary.
  1. Law of witness – In organizing a conference organizers need to coordinate with venue, speakers, tours and sponsors. Therefore enquire from them.


International Conferences is a way for less developed countries to approximate more developed nations in different fields of endeavour. As I moderate conferences, I come across organizers (usually in the academics) who give special consideration for participants from less developed countries or provide travel allowance to students (post graduate) which is highly commendable.

 Let us scrutinize a conference as closely as possible to determine its authenticity. Attending a conference may provide us the needed exposure in our research, or additional insight for our business or …a nightmare!.


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Are You Well-Equipped To Fight Against Employee Fraud?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Singapore, April 17, 2009 In the wake of today’s financial meltdown, organisations are looking more closely at their operations, and it is very likely that more employee fraud cases will be exposed.

 As seen from the Satyam and Madoff scandals which shook the entire business world, the repercussions resulting from employee fraud extends beyond just financial damage. Organisations will suffer from substantial internal impact and unquantifiable damage to reputation.

 To equip organisations with the requisite knowledge and tools in the fight against fraud, Pacific Conferences is organising a 2-day Conference on Employee Fraud Prevention and Management from 9-10 July 2009 in Singapore. Speakers from Canon, Siemens, Deloitte Forensic, Ernst & Young, Allen & Gledhill, International Risk, ATMD Bird & Bird, World-Check, Control Risks Screening, and Watson, Farley & Williams, will be going through critical issues such as risk mitigation, fraud investigation, anti-money laundering, fraud response plans etc.

 We have witnessed many fraud-related scandals in Asia and around the globe recently. This calls for more effective responses, both proactive and reactive, to counter employee fraud,” said conference speaker Anthony Hsu, Vice President of International Risk.

 Anthony will be touching on the recent developments of employee fraud in Asia, areas that are most susceptible to employee fraud, and essential business controls that will aid in the fight against fraud.  

 Urging organisations to attend this conference, Kenny Mok, VP of Compliance Office from Siemens, said, This conference will provide some solid material relating to fraud prevention as well as practical enhancements to internal compliance and governance processes in order to prevent or mitigate fraud risks. It will also be an excellent forum for benchmarking practices and networking.

 Kenny will be sharing the compliance programmes undertaken by Siemens, and how it rolled out an anti-corruption-implementation kit which integrates anti-fraud controls into key business processes.

 A conference not to be missed, this rare gathering will congregate a panel of renowned lawyers, consultants and practitioners. Sign up now and find out how to develop a long term anti-fraud strategy and be updated with the latest fraud prevention tools!

 Title: Employee Fraud Prevention & Managementâ€? Conference

Dates: 9 – 10 July 2009

Venue: Sheraton Towers, Singapore

 For more information, please visit, or contact Ms. Lorraine Tiang at +65 6372 2201 or email

 About Pacific Conferences

Pacific Conferences specialises in organising business conferences aimed at providing interactive, insightful information and analysis about issues facing businesses in Asia-Pacific. Our conferences are developed through thorough research and a deep understanding of the critical concerns facing industry professionals. They are addressed by experts and leaders who have deep knowledge and practical experiences in their respective areas.

 For further information, please contact:

Name: Valerie Low (Ms)

Position: Conference Marketing Executive

Tel: +65 6372 2216