February 22, 2018

The Legal, Community Policing, and Resource Challenges of Dealing with Advance Fee Fraud

Advance fee fraud is a growing crime creating serious economic and emotional impact on its victims. There is a lack of research regarding the legal, community policing, and resource challenges of dealing with advance fee fraud which would aid in reducing this crime. The purpose of this qualitative study is to determine through interviewing fraud investigators who have dealt with advance fee fraud, based on their experiences the answer to these challenges and gain insight based on the theoretical foundation of the study. The guiding research question for the study is what are the legal, community policing, and resource challenges of dealing with advance fee fraud? Telephone interviews were performed using a sample of 17 participants from associations where the individuals have experience and education in dealing with advance fee fraud. Upon analyzing the data, multiple themes emerged regarding the legal, community policing, and resource challenges of dealing with advance fee fraud. The main themes that emerged were (a) jurisdiction, (b) resources, (c) awareness, (d) lack of cooperation, (e) law enforcement, and (f) businesses, individuals and communities are needed for fusion centers to be effective. The subthemes are (a) difficult to prosecute, (b) extradition, (c) complexity, (d) police, and (e) time. The recommendations for further research would include a quantitative study based on the legal, community policing, and resource challenges of dealing with advance fee fraud.

Miller, Kim, Ph.D., The legal, community policing, and resource challenges of dealing with advance fee fraud. Doctoral Dissertation.  Capella University, 2016, 173; 10036422

Dr. Kim Miller, PhD, CFE is Senior Professor of Criminal Justice, Community Justice Specialist in the Department of Criminal Justice & Public Safety in the School of Community Ministry at Missional University. Her academic credentials include a B.S in Criminal Justice and a M.S. in Criminal Justice, Kaplan University (USA); and a PhD in Public Safety in Criminal Justice, Capella University (USA). In addition, she is a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Licensed Private Detective.

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