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Economic crime

Economic crime can cost the community dearly and is often a real risk to the financial security of a business or individual. It varies widely from shoplifting and theft through to identity fraudscams and money laundering. Crime against businesses, particularly against Australia’s small businesses is more commonly committed than against individual households. That said, in 2008 some 806,000 people in Australia were victims of personal fraud, generally identity fraud or scams such as lotteries and pyramid schemes. The AIC examines various aspects of economic crime. The results of its continuing research are available here on this website.


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