AN INTERVIEW WITH
Dr. Russell G. Smith, Principal Criminologist, Manager, Global, Economic and Electronic Crime Program at the Australian Institute of Criminology and keynote speaker at the 2010 ACFE Pacific Rim Fraud Conference, Nov 14-16 in Melbourne, Australia
What specific fraud themes or trends do you plan to focus on at the conference?
I’ll consider the 21st century drivers of change that have created a criminogenic fraud-risk environment and the effects of the global financial crisis, in particular. Some of the examples relate to how information and communication technologies have been misused for financial gain and how criminals have disseminated consumer scams on an increasingly wide scale. I’ll look at international, Australian and New Zealand general fraud trends, trends in plastic card fraud and the current extent of business victimization. I’ll also look at the ways in which these risks can be addressed including those that derive from the application of conventional principles of crime prevention, as well as the policy and payment card solutions being adopted by businesses. I’ll conclude with some observations on the need for ongoing education and further research in this area.
What do you most hope attendees will take away from the conference?
I’d really like for people to understand how fraud is having an impact on those living and working in Australia and New Zealand – those in government agencies, businesses of all sizes, as well as individuals. I hope that some of the solutions adopted here might be of interest to those from other countries, and that the work we’ve done here – identifying the risks likely to emerge in the future – can be used by others to circumvent fraud through the use of good planning and innovative technological and policy approaches.
What is unique about this group of fraud fighters and how do you plan to customize your presentation to this audience?
Members of the ACFE have unsurpassed knowledge of fraud typologies and the most effective ways in which they can be investigated. I don’t want ‘to teach my grandmother how to suck eggs’ and I’ve tried to focus on new developments that might be less well known in other places, and some of the policy and fraud-control measures that have been developed here in Australia and New Zealand. I’ll also be presenting research that might be well known to locals, but quite hard to locate for people from other countries. Finally, I hope to alert delegates to the work of some of Australia and New Zealand’s most active anti-fraud agencies and organisations.
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