Is Fraud Management the same as Revenue Assurance?

Jeepers creepers. My eyes popped out when I reviewed the proposal by Moshe Zolotov of cVidya to include fraud management in the TM Forum’s process map, the eTOM. In short, it gives a process map for fraud management that is the same as the process map for revenue assurance (apart from changing the names on the boxes).

Surely that cannot be right. Are revenue assurance and fraud management the same? I do not think so. I think you cannot take a revenue assurance analyst, ask them to swap desks with a fraud analyst, and expect them to do each other’s jobs. But maybe I am wrong – what do most of you working in RA and Fraud Management teams think? Let me know by commenting here, or else come down to the forum at the TMF and share your thoughts there. Any feedback is welcome!

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.

Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.

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