“Nobody’s holding a gun to your head…” examining current discourses surrounding victims of online fraud

Cross, Cassandra (2013) “Nobody’s holding a gun to your head…” examining current discourses surrounding victims of online fraud. In Richards, Kelly & Tauri, Juan (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference, Crime and Justice Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 25-32.

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The current discourse surrounding victims of online fraud is heavily premised on an individual notion of greed. The strength of this discourse permeates the thinking of those who have not experienced this type of crime, as well as victims themselves. The current discourse also manifests itself in theories of victim precipitation, which again assigns the locus of blame to individuals for their actions in an offence. While these typologies and categorisations of victims have been critiqued as “victim blaming” in other fields, this has not occurred with regard to online fraud victims, where victim focused ideas of responsibility for the offence continue to dominate. This paper illustrates the nature and extent of the greed discourse and argues that it forms part of a wider construction of online fraud that sees responsibility for victimisation lie with the victims themselves and their actions. It argues that the current discourse does not take into account the level of deception and the targeting of vulnerability that is employed by the offender in perpetrating this type of crime. It concludes by advocating the need to further examine and challenge this discourse, especially with regard to its potential impact for victim’s access to support services and the wider criminal justice system.

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ID Code: 61011
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: online fraud, victim, cyber crime, victim blaming, advanced fee fraud
ISBN: 9780987467843
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2013 01:31
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 09:24

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