Europol steps up efforts to prevent airline fraud

21 September 2016
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Yesterday, Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) hosted the Annual Meeting of the European Airline Fraud Prevention Group (EAFPG).
During the event, which took place at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, representatives of airline companies, online travel agencies, IATA and the payment sector from the EU Member States, discussed recent problems and possible responses, including closer cooperation with police organisations.  
Representatives from Iceland, Morocco, Qatar, South Africa, Switzerland, UAE and the US also joined the meeting. This international network is being set up to help improve public and private sector cooperation to fight organised cross-border airline crimes.
Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s EC3, said: “Compromising of payment cards, personal data and the consequent illegal internet transactions against the airline sector is a growing phenomenon. Successful actions to tackle this problem require a good understanding of the complexity of global payments and close cooperation between public and private entities."
The activities of the EAFPG are crucial for implementing specific countermeasures to reduce fraud incidents and are part of the strategy related to increasing the security of flights in and outside Europe.
The EAFPG members (with representatives mostly from the airline industry) are responsible for fraud prevention and cooperation with law enforcement authorities to combat crimes against the airline sector. Due to the nature of the travel industry, activities are not only focused on the European Union but also on cooperation at a global level.
Europol’s cooperation with EAFPG is an excellent example of a coordinated approach to better protect electronic payment transactions and the security of flights on European territory.
Such events are a part of EC3’s efforts to build up law enforcement and private industry partnerships to fight cybercrime, and in particular electronic payment crimes.