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Financial crime

The term 'financial crime' covers a wide range of criminal offences which are generally international in nature.

Closely connected to cybercrime, financial crimes are often committed via the Internet and have a major impact on the international banking and financial sectors – both official and alternative.

Financial crimes affect individuals, companies, organizations and even nations, and have a negative impact on the entire economic and social system through the considerable loss of money incurred.

At INTERPOL, our main initiatives to counter financial crime focus on:

The challenges

Organized criminal networks are often behind financial crime, drawn by the prospect of the huge profits to be made.

Law enforcement officers need to react swiftly in order to secure evidence or to freeze and seize illegally obtained assets. However, a number of factors make it difficult, sometimes even impossible to trace the criminal or the illegal assets.

These factors are due to differences between countries in terms of their national jurisdictions, their implementation of international conventions, and the level of expertise of their investigative and prosecutorial authorities.

INTERPOL’s role in addressing these truly international challenges to law enforcement is to:

  • Identify and collect best practices and expert knowledge in this field and to disseminate this information to law enforcement authorities worldwide;
  • Help specialized units to swiftly exchange operational information using INTERPOL’s tools and services;
  • Support operations in the field.
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Financial crime focus of Doha conference


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03 December 2015

INTERPOL training on detecting fake documents aims to enhance border security


25 November 2015

Experts gather at INTERPOL to identify emerging social engineering fraud techniques


18 November 2015

Indian prime minister and INTERPOL Chief discuss cooperation


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Global asset recovery cooperation focus of INTERPOL-StAR conference


06 November 2015

More than 130 detained in global action tackling airline ticket fraud


02 October 2015

Identifying fake documents focus of INTERPOL and Frontex workshop


21 September 2015

INTERPOL training in Senegal tackles corruption and financial crimes


06 August 2015

Corruption and financial crime focus of INTERPOL training in Botswana


04 August 2015

Illegal online gambling in Asia targeted in INTERPOL operation


02 July 2015

Forensic document examination focus of Balkans INTERPOL training


29 June 2015

Global action against online air ticket fraudsters sees 130 detained


05 June 2015

INTERPOL group to field test new ink dating protocols to aid fraud and forgery investigations


02 June 2015

UK initiative underlines role of due diligence in securing official documents


19 May 2015

INTERPOL meeting in Bucharest aims to set the course for European security


30 January 2015

Estonia hosts INTERPOL workshop on anti-corruption and financial crimes


28 November 2014

Global action against online fraud in the airline sector nets 118 arrests


16 September 2014

International cooperation against counterfeit currency and travel documents focus of INTERPOL meeting


22 May 2014

INTERPOL meeting puts document security under the microscope


30 April 2014

Criminal network involved in payment card fraud dismantled with INTERPOL support