Joint efforts in combatting card fraud

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29 June 2015

The Romanian Ministry of Home Affairs organised the CEPOL course 18/2015 on Combatting Card Fraud from 12 to 15 May 2015. The activity was held at the Siqua Hotel in Bucharest (Romania). Participants from 23 EU Member States attended the course and had the possibility to exchange their experience and knowledge in the fight against this form of cybercrime.

EU countries involved in elaborating strategies and programmes to prevent cyber-attacks need to focus now on joint actions to develop legislative measures due to the rapid evolution of cybercrime and its cross border nature. In this regard, CEPOL plays a significant role to help creating a network of law enforcement authorities at EU level.

At the official opening of the course, Mr. Gheorghe Cornescu, Romanian Deputy State Secretary, stated that only a genuine exchange of ideas and opinions can support the development of actions to prevent and combat cybercrime.

Trainers and lecturers included experts from Italy, UK, the United States Secret Service, the FBI, the Council of Europe, CEPOL, EUROPOL, Visa, American Express, the Romanian ministries of Public Finance and Justice, the Romanian Intelligence Service and the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police. The course addressed a variety of topics related to card fraud such as:

  • EMPACT projects on cybercrime;
  • Capacity building on cybercrime;
  • Non-cash payment card fraud at European level;
  • Forensic of skimming devices;
  • Cybercrime legislation of credit card fraud;
  • Cooperation with the private sector;
  • Virtual currency;
  • Banking malware;
  • Underground forums to sell credit card information;
  • Digital forensic on cybercrime credit card frauds;
  • Recovery of losses in cybercrime card fraud.

Participants also visited the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), where they got an overview of their role as a platform to support the exchange of information for EU Member States in disrupting organised crime groups.


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