Improving the police response to online fraud

Cross, Cassandra & Blackshaw, Dom (2015) Improving the police response to online fraud. Policing : A Journal of Policy and Practice, 9(2), pp. 119-128.

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Online fraud poses a significant problem to society in terms of its monetary losses and the devastating impact on victims. It also poses significant challenges to law enforcement agencies, regarding their ability to investigate crimes which are complex, occur in a virtual environment, incorporate multiple (often international) jurisdictions, and have a very low reporting rate. This paper examines the police response to online fraud. It argues that traditionally, fraud has received little attention and priority from police agencies and this is exacerbated in the online context. In contrast to this, the paper presents the example of Project Sunbird, a partnership between the West Australian Police and the West Australian Department of Commerce which has embraced the use of financial intelligence to proactively contact suspected victims of online fraud. This paper argues that a proactive approach to policing online fraud can have substantial positive effects for police and victims alike.

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ID Code: 81282
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: online fraud, policing, scams, fraud prevention, victimisation
DOI: 10.1093/police/pau044
ISSN: 1752-4512
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Authors
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2015 01:02
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2016 04:33

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