Category Archives: Crime

Ghana – Lack of a central identification card cause of high incidence of fraud – IT expert

By | October 17, 2017

Chief Technical Officer at Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited Kwame Anokye has attributed the high incidence of fraud in the country to lack of a central identification system. He said our current national ID card systems are not harmonised and therefore cannot be verified when someone decides to cheat the system. “In Ghana our number one challenge is our… Read More »

Indonesia – FBI document says House Speaker Setya Novanto asked for bribe from e-KTP case witness who committed suicide: KPK

By | October 9, 2017

Indonesian netizens could only turn to memes to express their shock that House Speaker Setya Novanto could somehow dodge corruption charges yet again after he won a pretrial motion to lift the suspect status placed on him by the Corruption Eradication Committee (KPK) as part of their investigation into the massive electronic identity card (e-KTP) corruption case. But the KPK says… Read More »

Japan – Tokyo cops arrest Chinese national in credit card forgeries

By | October 5, 2017

TOKYO (TR) – Law enforcement divisions in multiple districts, including Tokyo and Aichi Prefecture, have re-arrested a Chinese national living in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture who heads an export business over the fabrication of credit cards, reports Jiji Press (Oct. 3). On June 26, Wang Zheng, the president of a cosmetics export business, allegedly received from an acquaintance… Read More »

Zimbabwe – American up for ID fraud

By | September 26, 2017

  An American appeared before a Harare magistrate yesterday for allegedly forging identity documents and illegally staying in the country since 2009. Carlton Sloan Bridges alias Brandon Lee Jones (47) appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Josephine Sande.   He was facing charges of contravening the National Registration Act, which prohibits forging identity documents. Bridges was represented by Mr Admire Rubaya… Read More »

Indonesia – Witness testimony adds pressure on Setya in e-ID case

By | September 15, 2017

The latest hearing in a high-profile graft case implicating House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto adds to pressure on the Golkar Party chairman over his alleged role in corruption in the electronic ID (e-ID) card project. On the witness stand, former Home Ministry secretary general Diah Anggraini said on Friday that Setya had once asked her to tell… Read More »

UK – Skimmer sentenced and deported

By | September 12, 2017

A 42-year-old Romanian man living in the country illegally who pleaded guilty Aug. 23 to numerous counts of criminal conspiracy involving the use of “skimmers” on Camden-area ATMs appears to have been deported. The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested Gheorghe Iordache, 42, whose last known address was in Florence, on April 18. According to online Kershaw County Clerk… Read More »

Canada – Man charged in taxi debit card switching scheme

By | September 7, 2017

  A 44-year-old Scarborough man is facing more than 180 fraud charges in relation to a longstanding scheme that involved stealing taxi passenger’s debit cards. Toronto police fraud investigators allege that starting sometime in the fall of 2015, a taxi driver would steal a debit card from a passenger as they were paying their fare. Detectives say the… Read More »

Spanish authorities arrest members of global credit card fraud network

By | September 1, 2017

Six men were arrested across the country as part of an international crack down on a gang that stole millions of euro and operated in half a dozen countries. Spanish police have arrested six men in the cities of Zaragoza, Madrid and A Coruña in connection with a global credit card fraud scheme. The international crime racket defrauded thousands of… Read More »

India – Complaints of credit cards fraud flood cops in Hyderabad

By | September 1, 2017

HYDERABAD: Tens of customers of State Bank of India, are rushing to cyber crime police of tri-commissionerates in Hyderabad, to complain about fraudulent transactions done with their credit card  details in foreign countries. The cyber crime police of three commissionerates have received over 60 such complaints in the last two months, about fraudulent money being withdrawal from customers’ bank accounts. During investigation… Read More »

USA – 2 sentenced for credit card scheme in northeast Nebraska

By | August 28, 2017

MADISON, NEB. – Two people have been sentenced for a credit card scheme that defrauded people and businesses in northeast Nebraska. The Norfolk Daily News reports that 31-year-old Jorge Navarro and 31-year-old Yaima Lugo, both of Madison, were sentenced Friday in Madison County District Court. Court records say the two had used the cards to make several local purchases.… Read More »

USA – LCSO arrests two credit card skimmer manufacturers

By | August 26, 2017

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office took a major step in cracking down on credit card skimmers on Friday. After a month-long investigation the Economic Crimes Unit uncovered an organization that had manufactured and installed credit card skimmers at multiple gas station pumps. Participants used the information stolen from the skimmers to make cloned credit cards and… Read More »

Australia – NSW Police Force urging people to use contactless payments to circumvent “ghost” terminals

By | August 17, 2017

Wagga businesses and the NSW Police Force is urging people to use the tap-and-go-chip on their debit cards to prevent fraudulent transactions through “ghost” terminals.  Collins Booksellers owner Peter Halicki said he had noticed a big shift in people paying by contactless means and encouraged his customers to make the most of the system. “I’ve definitely noticed in the last 12 months a huge… Read More »

E-KTP Graft Key Witness Dies in US

By | August 12, 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Febri Diansyah announced the death of Johannes Marliem, who was a key witness to the controversial electronic ID card or e-KTP graft case. “It is true, Johannes Marliem is reportedly dead, but we have yet received further information regarding his death considering that it happened in the United States,” said Febri at… Read More »

USA – Attorney General unveils new guidelines to prevent skimming

By | August 11, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday a list of guidelines for convenience stores and gas stations as part of an effort to protect credit card information. The rules are aimed at eliminating skimmers, or devices used to steal credit or debit card information at gas station pumps. The guidelines instruct employees to replace factory… Read More »

Indonesia – Anti-graft body to grill six witnesses in e-ID card graft case

By | August 7, 2017

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to question six witnesses in its investigation into an e-ID card graft case. “The six will be questioned as witnesses in the case against Setya Novanto (SN),” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said here on Monday. The six are Kurniawan Prasetyta Atmaja, chief of national identity number and… Read More »

Philippines – OFW ID project comes under serious criticism

By | July 22, 2017

THE proposed OFW ID card of the Department of Labor and Employment has come under fire from another policy advocate, the Lilac Center for Public Interest. Lilac said the OFW ID card was a ‘half-baked’ project that needed to be returned to the drawing board for further serious technical and social study. “All the signs point to the… Read More »

Indonesia’s graft agency probes missing S$205.5 million in identity card project

By | July 20, 2017

What could be Indonesia’s largest graft probe revolves around the embezzlement of more than 2 trillion rupiah (S$205.5 million), or nearly half of the 5.9 trillion rupiah Parliament approved to pay for the national e-KTP project. KTP stands for kartu tanda penduduk, or identity card in Bahasa Indonesia. The biometric cards were supposed to be issued to Indonesians… Read More »

Tennessee Police Crack National Skimmer Network

By | July 19, 2017

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Tennessee law enforcement arrested more than a dozen people related to an alleged national skimmer network, News Channel 5 reports. The big bust included recovery of high-tech devices including a universal key. The suspects, many of which are Cuban nationals, allegedly stole American identities and around $700,000. “They’re well-organized, well-trained and well-traveled,” Tyler Smith, a… Read More »

Indonesian politician denies corruption allegations after being identified by watchdog

By | July 18, 2017

The speaker of Indonesia’s parliament, once hailed by US President Donald Trump as one of Indonesia’s most powerful men, has denied any wrongdoing after being named a suspect in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pocketed more than US$170 million of government money. Setya Novanto told a televised news conference on Tuesday he would respect the legal… Read More »