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.
08 December 2017

Enhancing border security by detecting illicit travel documents

06 November 2017

INTERPOL meeting tackles social engineering fraud

12 July 2017

INTERPOL Dialogue unites public and private sectors to combat cyber and financial crimes

13 June 2017

153 detained for ticket fraud following worldwide law enforcement operation

26 May 2017

Fake document detection training by INTERPOL enhances security in Americas

13 May 2017

INTERPOL and China to explore areas for strengthening security and policing capabilities

23 March 2017

INTERPOL training on fake document detection to boost security in Southeast Asia

10 March 2017

INTERPOL programme to combat financial crimes in forestry sector launched in Indonesia

10 February 2017

Combating money laundering and terrorism financing in West Africa

07 February 2017

INTERPOL and IACA unite efforts in combating corruption

20 January 2017

INTERPOL launches new project targeting African-Asian wildlife crime links

16 January 2017

Digital currencies and money laundering focus of INTERPOL meeting

04 November 2016

Fake document detection focus of INTERPOL training

12 October 2016

INTERPOL training in West Africa to combat money laundering and terrorism financing

28 September 2016

Identifying cybercriminals at core of INTERPOL-Europol conference

08 September 2016

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation in combating corruption in Africa

01 August 2016

Ringleader of global network behind thousands of online scams arrested in Nigeria

20 June 2016

Criminal networks using stolen payment card data targeted in global operation

06 April 2016

Financial crime focus of Doha conference

31 March 2016

Coordinating efforts to better combat cybercrime focus of INTERPOL working group