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Risk factors for advance fee fraud victimisation

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dc.contributor.author Ross, Stuart
dc.contributor.author Smith, Russell
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-28T18:43:29Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-28T18:43:29Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Ross S & Smith R. (2011). Risk factors for advance fee fraud victimisation. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 420. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://www.aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi420 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.aic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-05/tandi420.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/2025
dc.description.abstract Fraud is Australia’s most costly form of crime with the Australian Institute of Criminology estimating that in excess of $8.5b was lost to fraud in 2005 (Rollings 2008). Consumer fraud alone has been found to cost Australians almost $1b each year (ABS 2008c). Most types of consumer fraud entail the use of so-called ‘advance fee’ techniques in which individuals are tricked into paying money—an ‘advance fee’—upfront in order to secure an anticipated financial or other benefit at a later date. However, the promises of wealth are false and victims invariably lose their payments in full. Such scams have had a huge impact globally, with Ultrascan (2008) estimating that US$4.3b was lost to advance fee fraud in 2006. To date, however, there has been only limited research on how and why people respond to such unsolicited invitations and become victims. This paper examines the characteristics of a sample of victims of advance fee frauds to determine how their behaviour and personal circumstances might have contributed to their willingness to respond to unsolicited invitations and to their subsequent loss of money or personal information. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Australian Institute of Criminology en_US
dc.subject Synthesis en_US
dc.subject Advance Fee Fraud en_US
dc.subject Scams en_US
dc.subject Fraud en_US
dc.subject Phishing en_US
dc.subject Victimization en_US
dc.subject Characteristics en_US
dc.subject Risk Assessment en_US
dc.subject Vulnerable Populations en_US
dc.subject Financial Exploitation en_US
dc.subject Economic Crimes en_US
dc.subject Monetary Loss en_US
dc.subject Internet Use
dc.subject Online Crime
dc.title Risk factors for advance fee fraud victimisation en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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