What you can Do

What you can Do

International crime can affect you too. Find out how to stay safe.

You might think transnational, organized crimes belong to another world, far from your own.
In reality, they can affect you on a day-to-day level, without you even being aware. But there is a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family. Not only can you increase your level of safety but you will also help reduce the profits being driven into organized crime.

Reduce your impact on the environment

Imagine you’re on vacation and looking to buy a souvenir to take back home. You want something beautiful, exotic – perhaps a piece of coral, an ivory figure, a wood carving, or some traditional food or medicine.

But do you really know what’s behind these products?

some of the most innocent-looking products, if not illegal themselves, can have links to serious crime. A piece of ivory, for example, not only points to the poaching of an endangered species, but can be linked to other offences such as corruption and smuggling.
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The illegal wildlife trade is an industry worth a staggering USD 20 billion per year (Source: UNEP-INTERPOL Report: The Rise of Environmental Crime). The profits rank alongside those from trafficking of humans, small arms and drugs. Unfortunately environmental crime profits are high and the risk of prosecution remains low, so it has become a source of easy money for organized crime groups.

An individual’s livelihood, a community’s safety, a nation’s economy: all of these are at risk from the effects of environmental crime. But there are ways that you can help. Responsible choices will stop the demand, and will help to stop environmental crime in its tracks.

BECareful - don’t let scammers trick you into making payments to their accounts

Criminals hack into email systems or use social engineering tactics to gain information about corporate payment systems, then deceive company employees into transferring money into their bank account.

Protect your corporate systems from hacking attempts

  • DO use anti-virus, firewall and other tools and scan computers and devices regularly to prevent malware infections.
  • DO keep your personal and business computers up to date: pay attention to security alerts, update security patches, conduct periodic systems checks.
  • DO make sure that your email accounts are well protected and don’t share the passwords.
  • DON’T click on attachments or links you aren’t expecting, even if they have innocuous sounding names (invoice, for example). They often contain malware giving access to monitor your email/computer activities.
  • DO enable spam filters and block all access to suspicious or blacklisted websites.

Be vigilant of suspicious or unexpected ‘urgent’ payment requests or changes

  • DO look carefully at the sender’s email address. Criminals often create an account with a very similar email address to your business partners so keep your eyes peeled!
  • DO spread the word so any colleagues dealing with bank accounts are aware of the scam.
  • If you receive an email concerning a change of payment method or bank account, DO contact the payment recipient through another channel (phone) to verify this claim. DON’T reply directly to the email.
  • DO verify the authenticity of websites before providing any personal or sensitive information.

Avoid becoming a target

  • DON’T post sensitive or personal information on social media. This can be used by fraudsters to target you.
  • DO shred all confidential documents and dispose of them properly.
  • DO use different passwords for every account, change them regularly and enable two-factor authentication on all your accounts whenever possible.
  • DO use strong passwords which include numbers, symbols, capital and lower-case letters.

I paid the money – now what?

  • Gather all documentation regarding the transaction and emails/invoices received and DO report the incident as soon as possible to your local police.
  • DO immediately alert your bank to the fraudulent transaction. The bank should immediately try to re-call the funds.
  • DO consider consulting a civil lawyer in the country where the money was deposited into the beneficiary bank account. This might be of help to address the bank in trying to recover the money and/or launch a civil complaint regarding the account holder.

Financial crime

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The issues

Theft, fraud, deception, blackmail, corruption, money-laundering… The possibilities for making money illicitly are seemingly endless. To so-called white collar criminals, the risks appear low and the returns high.
Financial crime ranges from basic theft or fraud committed by ill-intentioned individuals to large-scale operations masterminded by organized criminals with a foot on every continent.  These are serious criminal activities whose importance should not be minimized as, over and beyond their social and economic impact, they are often closely linked to violent crime and even terrorism.
We are all impacted by financial crime which has taken on a whole new dimension with the rapid advancement of digital technology.
Criminal gangs operate transnationally to avoid detection, and stolen funds cross many physical and virtual borders before they reach their final destination. This is where our global police networks play an essential role.




Cyberattacks know no borders and evolve at a fast pace while the Internet also facilitates a range of more traditional crimes.


The issues

Hacking. Malware. Botnets. The Darknet. Cybercrime as a service. Words and phrases that scarcely existed a decade ago are now part of our everyday language, as criminals use new technologies to commit cyberattacks against governments, businesses and individuals. These crimes know no borders, either physical or virtual, cause serious harm and pose very real threats to victims worldwide.
Pure cybercrime’ refers to crimes against computers and information systems, where the aim is to gain unauthorized access to a device or deny access to a legitimate user. Traditional forms of crime have also evolved as criminal organizations turn increasingly to the Internet to facilitate their activities and maximize their profit in the shortest time. These ‘cyber-enabled’ crimes are not necessarily new – such as theft, fraud, illegal gambling, the sale of fake medicines – but they have taken on a new online dimension.
Cybercrime is progressing at an incredibly fast pace, with new trends constantly emerging. Police must therefore keep pace with new technologies, to understand the possibilities they create for criminals and how they can be used as tools for fighting cybercrime.
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