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How to Recognize Human Trafficking, Elder Scams, and Identity Fraud


Gain the information needed about identity and fraud crimes and how they are committed so you can recognize and prevent them.

Millions of people are affected by human trafficking, elder scams, and identity theft. Human trafficking is a global crisis affecting over 40 million people; 1 in 4 victims are children. It is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world and second only to drug trafficking in total valuation. According to an FBI report on elder scams, senior citizens lost almost $1 billion in scams in 2020, with a total of 105,301 people over the age of 65 experiencing an average loss of $9,175. Every year, millions of Americans are subject to identity theft. In 2020 alone, the FTC handled 2.2 million fraud reports. This course will provide an informative overview of human trafficking, elder scams, and identity theft crimes - how they are committed, how they can be recognized, and how they can be prevented.



Edith Wong

Edith Wong

FTI Consulting

  • •Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Risk & Investigations practice
  • •More than 18 years of experience leading fraud and forensic accounting investigations to unravel complex accounting transactions and present findings to major stakeholders and regulatory agencies
  • •Provides litigation support on issues relating to human trafficking, false claims, Chapter 11 restructuring investigations, and post-acquisition disputes
  • •Specializes in leading large-scale forensic accounting, fraud, and financial investigations involving whitecollar crime issues
  • •Skilled at unraveling financial transactions, accounting records, financial statements, and bank statements to uncover facts and wrongdoing in complex investigations
  • •Has extensive experience conducting risk assessments, remediating compliance programs, performing investigative interviews, and advising legal counsel
  • •Provides litigation support to legal counsel on matters ranging from restitution calculations to corporate matters including Ponzi schemes, false claims, shareholder
  • •Disputes, bankruptcy litigation, management fees, and post-acquisition purchase price
  • •Disputes. She drafts expert reports and assists counsel in all aspects of deposition and trial preparation. Ms. Wong serves as an expert witness on restitution calculations for victims of human trafficking
  • •Actively involved in ESG-related research, thought leadership development, and panel discussions in the context of risk assessment, disclosures, compliance programs, due diligence, and data analytics
  • •Serves as an expert providing restitution calculations relating to human trafficking and forced labor for the U.S. Department of Justice
  • •Recognized by the Human Trafficking Legal Center as its Advocate of the Year in 2021
  • •Obtained a certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School
  • •Holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant
  • •Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • •Has published articles on conducting investigations, supply chain due diligence. and human trafficking
  • •Serves as a recurring faculty member for accounting programs offered by the Practicing Law Institute in New York
  • •Can be contacted at O (646)453-1284 or M (551)482-5568 or [email protected]
Ellen Hewitt

Ellen Hewitt

FTI Consulting

  • •Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Risk & Investigations practice
  • •Supports domestic and multinational clients in resolving issues arising from fraud and malfeasance, sanctions and compliance failures, government regulation and enforcement, and event-driven crises
  • •Has deep experience conducting internal investigations, transaction reviews, due diligence appraisals, systems evaluations, and compliance controls testing
  • •For the past seven years, she has provided investigative research and risk consulting services for matters stemming from regulatory enforcement actions, pre-transactional due diligence, activist investors, and asset traces
  • •Prior to joining FTI Consulting, she worked as an analyst at a geopolitical risk consulting firm, where she conducted investigative research and risk assessments through open source intelligence research and source inquiries in English and Russian
  • •Education - B.A., English and Russian, Amherst College; M.A., Media and International Conflict, University College Dublin
  • •Can be contacted at (475)298-5974 or [email protected]

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