Fraud prevention and control in Australia
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The prevention and control of fraud are two of the great challenges for Australia now, and in the years to come. Success in dealing with fraud will enhance Australia's business reputation, save resources in the public sector, and reduce the personal hardship that fraud causes to countless victims each year. Some of the types of fraud include: commercial fraud, fraud against governments, consumer fraud, migration fraud, securities fraud, superannuation fraud, intellectual property fraud, computer and telecommunications fraud, insurance fraud, plastic card fraud, charitable contribution fraud, identity-related fraud, advance fee fraud, art fraud, health care fraud, the list goes on and on, and new opportunities for deceptive conduct arise all the time. While crimes of deception are well-established in history, technological, social, demographic and economic developments have brought about changes in the form fraud takes and how it is perpetrated. Scams and cons have been around as long as commerce itself, but now, many are facilitated by digital technology.
Speech given at the Australian Institute of Criminology Fraud Prevention Conference, Gold Coast, 24 August 2000, by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/