The public interest in fraud and corruption is growing strongly. Politicians, government, companies and citizens are become more and more aware of the damage of financial crime that is inflicted on society. Despite all attention , new laws and increasing oversight the damage of financial crime is still increasing. Besides the negative economic impact it also touches upon the security of society because fraud and corruption are closely related to subversive crime.
The world in which law enforcement and investigation authorities operate changes every day. Technological developments make things possible that could not have been imagined twenty-five years ago. Especially the digital and cyber aspects play and important role. Forms of communication, producing things, transporting goods, the way in which transactions take place are changing constantly, not only in legal, but also in illegal businesses. To effectively fight serious financial criminality, international co-operation is a necessity.