The civil courts in many countries can grant orders to enable victims of fraud to recover their losses. These are often enforceable in other countries, enabling the victim to chase money and assets held by the fraudster in order that the victim may be compensated. In many countries it is easier to satisfy the civil burden of proof than the criminal burden of proof, thus making civil recovery desirable.
Criminal action cannot always be taken against a fraudster. This may be due to jurisdictional or resourcing issues, or because the prosecution authorities do not consider the criminal burden of proof to have been satisfied. The emphasis of criminal action is often on punishment of the fraudster and not compensation for the victim.