Routine Activity Theory and Phishing Victimisation: Who Gets Caught in the 'Net'?

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Provided by: Griffith University
Topic: Security
Format: PDF
Phishing is the use of fraudulent emails to obtain personal financial information from victims by posing as legitimate financial institutions or commerce sites. This exploratory paper involved interviewing 104 participants, 50 of whom reported having received a phishing email. The theoretical foundation for this research is routine activity theory, whereby crime is considered to be the consequence of the presence of a motivated offender, the presence of a suitable target, and the absence of a capable guardian.
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