Category Archives: Crime

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 »

Indonesia – KPK Names Setya Novanto as Suspect in ID Card Graft Case

By | July 17, 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has been officially named as a suspect in the electronic ID card (e-KTP) graft case.  Setya’s suspect naming was announced by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Agus Rahardjo during a press conference at KPK headquarters on Monday, July 17. “KPK officially names SN as a suspect for abusing his authority and… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK names Setya Novanto suspect in e-ID graft

By | July 17, 2017

  The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Setya Novanto a suspect in the electronic identity card (e-ID) graft case, which reportedly caused Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses. KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo broke the news in a press briefing held at the anti-graft body’s headquarters in South Jakarta on Monday… Read More »

Australia – Bank card theft soars: $450m swiped on tap-and-go fraud

By | July 15, 2017

THIEVES are making off with $450 million in card and tap-and-go fraud every year, and Victoria Police admit they would drown in a tsunami of crime if everyone ­reported the offence. Top fraud investigator Superintendent Pat Boyle said thousands of cases of deception and fraud were not being reported. Paywave and card identity crime are so prevalent that… Read More »

Bulgarian Came To Costa Rica To Clone Debit Cards In ATM Scam

By | July 13, 2017

Using ‘modern devices’ to clone debit cards with which he stole at least ¢34 million colones (US$59,000 dollars), Boyco Kirilov Tsvetanov, 39, a Bulgarian national, was arrested by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) in an apartment in Trejos Montealegre, Escazu. Karla Chinchilla, head of the Banking Unit of the OIJ Fraud Section, said the Tsvetanov entered Costa… Read More »

Indonesia – The e-KTP Case and Indonesia’s Struggle to Fight Corruption

By | July 7, 2017

Jakarta, GIVnews.com – Thursday (6/7) saw two special events concerning the ongoing high-profile corruption case which allegedly implicate a number of lawmakers including those with well-placed positions. The first event was a group of several members of the House of Representatives (DPR) visiting the Sukamiskin prison in West Java where notorious corruptors are held. The second occurrence was a… Read More »

India – Man’s SIM card swapped to empty bank account of Rs 13 lakh

By | July 7, 2017

MUMBAI: The owner of an Andheri-based hearing aid manufacture lost Rs 13 lakh to a bank fraud recently. Cyber criminals involved in SIM-swap frauds cancelled the victim’s registered mobile number and reactivated it with a new SIM card to hack into his bank account. The fraudsters deactivated Rakesh Ojha’s mobile number, claiming loss of SIM. Within an hour of deactivation, the fraudsters used a… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK Signals Naming New Suspect in e-ID Project Corruption Case

By | July 6, 2017

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – Agus Rahardjo, Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), has indicated that there will be a new suspect named in the investigation of corruption on the procurement of national electronic identification (e-ID) card project. “Yes,” Agus said after inaugurating three KPK advisors at the KPK building in Jakarta on Thursday (7/6). However, he can not confirm… Read More »

Indonesia – E-KTP Corruption Case State Losses Expected To Rise

By | July 3, 2017

The on-going e-KTP corruption case has seen state losses reach Rp 2.3 trillion (US$172 million) in June, but officials predict that number is likely to increase as investigations continue. The e-KTP program, which sees identification cards replaced with e-cards that are harder to counterfeit, has been widely panned with a slow roll-out across the countries and several officials… Read More »

One arrest in Dublin in Europe-wide card fraud probe

By | June 24, 2017

Over 70 people were arrested across Europe One person was arrested and six homes in Dublin were searched by gardaí as part of a Europe-wide operation earlier this month targeting criminals involved in buying goods over the internet using stolen payment card details. In total, details of over 100 compromised US-issued payment cards were also recovered in Ireland during… Read More »

USA – $33K stolen at Columbia ATM; Sheriff says gang may be behind skimmers found at others

By | June 21, 2017

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department says card skimmers used to steal people’s card information are being found on automatic teller machines on a weekly basis, and that this crime is happening nationally. Sheriff Leon Lott explains how to spot a skimmer the next time you pull up to an ATM. [email protected]   RICHLAND COUNTY, SC A woman accused… Read More »

USA – In 24 minutes, thief runs up charges on credit card after robbery off St. Marys Road

By | June 21, 2017

Yet another court case illustrates a crucial safety tip to stave off credit card fraud. The advice is pretty obvious, but not everyone adheres to it. A suspect in Muscogee Superior Court faced charges Monday of robbing an insurance agent on Matilda Lane — just off St. Marys Road near Buena Vista Road — and using the agent’s… Read More »

Cybercrime: Debit/credit card fraud in Navi Mumbai drops by 22% from Jan-May 2016

By | June 20, 2017

Debit and credit card frauds in Navi Mumbai fell to 300 between January and May this year from 365 in the corresponding period last year — a drop of 22%. The Navi Mumbai police have attributed the drop to increasing awareness programmes. After demonetisation in November last year, cybercrimes, including card frauds, have seen an upward swing in… Read More »