The investigation of credit card fraud in Cyprus: reviewing police effectiveness

Papadopoulos, Andreas (2010) The investigation of credit card fraud in Cyprus: reviewing police effectiveness. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of dissertation is to examine the current situation about the extent of the credit card fraud in Cyprus and the effectiveness of the Cyprus Police in investigating this type of crime. In the first place the literature around the credit card fraud is examined in order to gain an insight in this type of crime in the world economy but particularly in Cyprus and consequently set the context of the problem of fraud in Cyprus. Furthermore a primary research follows which is consisted of 16 recorded interviews and another three interviews in the form of written replies focusing on the experiences of the various police departments engaged in the investigation of credit card fraud as well as the adequacy of the legislation, effectiveness of international cooperation, training and technology and staffing. The research covers the competent departments on each of the above factors. In addition 48 questionnaires were sent to 12 chosen large rural police stations with the aim of collecting information about the involvement of the police in the recording and investigation of credit card fraud as well as their professional qualifications and their confidence in investigating such cases. The research shows that the Cyprus Police seems to have the capability in dealing with face-to-face credit card fraud, however, this is not the case for internet/online fraud nevertheless it could be argued that changes in the structure, modifications in the legislation, improvements in international cooperation and establishment of better training and supervision could increase the effectiveness of the Cyprus Police in the investigation of such cases.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/905

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