The reporting experiences and support needs of victims of online fraud

Cassandra Cross, Kelly Richards, Russell G. Smith

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Although fraud has been practised throughout history, the advent of the internet has created new and effective avenues for targeting potential victims. Victims of online fraud experience substantial financial and other harms, resulting in annual losses in Australia of more than $2b, significant organisational disruption and devastating human suffering. Prior research in this area has generally been conducted through victim surveys and the analysis of official administrative datasets, but little research has involved speaking with victims of online fraud about their experiences. This paper presents the results of in-depth interviews conducted with a sample of 80 individuals from across Australia who lodged complaints of online fraud involving losses of $10,000 or more over the preceding four years. Their stories illustrate the financial impact of fraud and the emotional, psychological, interpersonal and physical impacts of their victimisation. They also document the barriers they faced in reporting these crimes. The paper concludes by identifying the support needs of victims of online fraud.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalTrends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
Issue number518
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Fraud and procurement
  • victims of fraud
  • online fraud
  • victimisation
  • financial crime
  • cybercrime


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