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Ep33: “Everyone’s doing it” – the fraud epidemic

Courtney O'Dwyer
03 May 2024
No one wants to be a victim of a scam, especially in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. Yet, whether it’s phishing, benefit fraud, insurance scams, or online romance cons, fraud is only on the rise and now constitutes over 40% of all crime in the UK.

In this episode, hosts Penelope and Rob are joined by experts Nicola Harding, CEO of We Fight Fraud, and Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University. Drawing on years of research as well as personal experience, they explore what’s causing fraud to skyrocket, and what could be done to curb it.

Dr Nicola Harding @NicolaAHarding

Find out more about Nicola’s organisation We Fight Fraud here:

And explore Nicola’s academic research here:


Professor Michael Levi

Explore Michael’s academic research here:


Further Resources

CIFAS survey:

Fair4All Finance report:


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The Transform Justice podcast is hosted by Penelope Gibbs and Rob Allen and produced and edited by Alexandra Kimmons.