Pandemic Profiteering: How Criminals Exploit the COVID-19 Crisis   [open pdf - 596KB]

From the Foreword: "Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Member States have imposed extensive quarantine measures, including travel restrictions, limitations to public life and lockdowns. However, law enforcement agencies are requested to perform their duties under any circumstances. In many cases, their responsibilities have even been extended to maintain public order and safety and to support health authorities in their work. [...] Needless to say, this situation also has implications on the internal security of the EU. Criminals have quickly seized the opportunities to exploit the crisis by adapting their modes of operation or developing new criminal activities. Organised crime groups are notoriously flexible and adaptable and their capacity to exploit this crisis means we need to be constantly vigilant and prepared. [...This report] provides an overview of how criminals adapt their misdeeds to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is based on information Europol receives from the EU Member States on a 24/7 basis and intends to support Member States' law enforcement authorities in their work."

2020 European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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