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‘Scambaiting’: why the vigilantes fighting online fraudsters may do more harm than good

By Jack Mark Whittaker, PhD Candidate, Criminology (Cybercrime), University of Surrey
Mark Button, Professor of Security and Fraud, University of Portsmouth
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Fraud has reached “epidemic” levels in the UK over the past 12 months, costing up to £190 billion a year and constituting what the Royal United Services Institute has called a “national security threat” in need of an urgent institutional response.

But it’s clear that the police are struggling to keep pace with fraudsters. A 2018 Which?

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