Economic Fraud Web Site

State officials are hoping to use the Internet to do a better job fighting computer fraud.

Florida State University and the Saint Thomas Law School have teamed up to create a Web site that tracks fraud investigations and economic crimes throughout the country.

Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist says that gives investigators in any state the chance to see what's happening in other jurisdictions and look for patterns.

"It makes it so that investigators don't have to work in isolation. It makes it harder for scammers to avoid authorities by running to different states. Scam artists use the latest technology to take advantage of unsuspecting victims and this gives us the opportunity to fight back."

The Web site also allows consumers and businesses to receive regular alerts about the latest frauds circulating around the country.

You can check it out for yourself at www.fraudupdate.com.

The Internet site is one of the first projects from the newly created "Center for the Study of Economic Crimes," a joint project by Florida State and Saint Thomas University.


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