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NCJ Number: 212039 Find in a Library
Title: Swindles, Cons and Rip-Offs
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:32  Issue:10  Dated:October 2005  Pages:16,18,19,22,24,26
Author(s): Pamela Mills-Senn
Date Published: October 2005
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines resources available on both a Federal and national level, such as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI, to support local law enforcement agencies in efforts to combat white-collar crime scams.
Abstract: When reporting a scam, most law enforcement agencies do not immediately consider the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, as well as other Federal or national agencies. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service partners with local law enforcement on a variety of task forces and issues, such as identity fraud task forces. Not all law enforcement agencies are aware of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as a resource to them when confronted with white-collar scams. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has four distinct units that deal with white-collar scams: the Economic Crimes Unit, the Financial Institution Fraud Unit, the Health Care Fraud Unit, and the Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Unit. It is crucial that local law enforcement familiarize themselves with the prevention efforts taking place at the Federal and national level and understand there are vast amounts of resources available to them. There is a tremendous opportunity to join forces and potentially detect and apprehend the individual or groups involved in white-collar crimes, frauds, and swindles.
Main Term(s): Police crime-prevention
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Criminal justice system coordination; Deterrence effectiveness; Fraud; Interagency cooperation; White collar crime
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