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Cross‐border fraud and the case for an “Interfraud”

Mark Button (Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 25 May 2012



The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the growing problem of cross‐border fraud, assess the structures that have emerged to deal with it, identify weaknesses and make the case for a new international body to lead the fight against cross‐border fraud.


This paper reviews various primary and secondary resources drawn from around the world to assess the current infrastructure for addressing cross‐border fraud.


The paper finds various gaps as well as examples of good practice in the fight against cross‐border fraud. However, to have a meaningful impact it is concluded a new international body is required.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is largely focused upon the English speaking world and the European Union and does not explore the nature and response to the problem beyond these areas, other than in current international led responses.

Practical implications

The findings have implications for national and international bodies in considering appropriate ways forward in creating stronger infrastructures to counter cross‐border fraud.


This paper will be useful to policy‐makers and the law enforcement community in considering options for the future and is the first to advocate a new international capacity to fight cross‐border fraud.



Button, M. (2012), "Cross‐border fraud and the case for an “Interfraud”", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 35 No. 2, pp. 285-303.



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