The COVID-19 Fraud-Organised Crime Nexus: Threats, Challenges and Responses

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This webinar, co-hosted by Cifas and RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, considered the threats, challenges and responses to the changing fraud landscape and the nexus between fraud and organised crime.

As much of the UK continues to work from home, spending a greatly increased amount of time online, the demand for electronic devices to work and engage in social contact is booming; and companies and individuals are scouring the internet for scarce resources. These, and other changes and activities, have substantially widened the target population for fraudsters, allowing them to deploy scams that play on people’s fears and exploit the stress of companies and individuals alike.

As a society, we are still in the early stages of a transformation which could last several months or more. Fraudsters are also at the beginning of their own learning of what makes a successful COVID-19 scam, and these methods will be refined and adapted to reflect political and medical developments. During a time where millions around the country are threatened with unavoidable hardship, mitigating these risks and strengthening systemic resilience to fraud are critical priorities.

This webinar brought together cross-sector expertise on fraud to explore both high-level and more granular themes to advance the policy debate in this area.

To discuss these issues, we were delighted to be joined by:

  • Amber Burridge, Head of Fraud Intelligence, Cifas
  • David Clarke, Chairman, Fraud Advisory Panel, and Chair of the COVID-19 Fraud Watch Task Force
  • Nigel Kirby, Head of Group Financial Intelligence Unit, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Sarah Pritchard, Director, National Economic Crime Centre


The panel discussion was moderated by Tom Keatinge, Director, RUSI Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies.

The discussion was followed by audience Q&A.

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