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A systematic literature review of money mule: its roles, recruitment and awareness

Mohd Irwan Abdul Rani (Accounting Research Institute, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)
Sharifah Nazatul Faiza Syed Mustapha Nazri (Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)
Salwa Zolkaflil (Accounting Research Institute, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 5 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide a systematic literature review (SLR) on contemporary cardinal money mule issues.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviews the most common money mule themes in perpetrating financial crime activities, especially its roles, recruitment and awareness. A systematic review protocol called preferred reporting items for systematic review and meta-analysis protocols is adopted for this study.

Findings

Money mules are used by organized criminal groups (OCG) or fraudster to launder illicit funds from outrageous criminal activities. They allow their accounts to be used for money laundering by OCG. The attacker, OCG or fraudsters would layer the stolen funds using money mule accounts. These money mules are recruited using various approaches, oftentimes deceived by opulent lifestyles to captivate the interest of potential money mules.

Originality/value

This paper presents money mule awareness needed by accountant, bank employees and the society. It is an unprecedented SLR on money mule. This paper will be beneficial for future money mule researchers, enforcement agencies and practitioners in banking industry.

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Acknowledgements

The corresponding author would like to extend gratitude to Persatuan Siswazah Wanita Malaysia for the research grant.

Citation

Abdul Rani, M.I., Syed Mustapha Nazri, S.N.F. and Zolkaflil, S. (2023), "A systematic literature review of money mule: its roles, recruitment and awareness", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-10-2022-0243

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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