Category Archives: Crime

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 »

USA – 1,000-plus card-fraud cases reported in 2016 in Midlands, why you could be next

By | June 18, 2017

Three men recently purchased $7,000 in liquor and wine at a Columbia store using credit cards that investigators say were cloned. The men on April 11 entered Sam’s Wine and Spirits on Killian Road, loaded up their carts and paid for their merchandise using credit cards that were cloned from someone else’s card and account information, according to… Read More »

Zimbabwe: Fake ID Card Printing Ring Busted

By | June 14, 2017

Police have arrested people in Harare who were allegedly printing fake national identity documents and the suspects will appear in court soon. In a statement yesterday, the Registrar-General’s Office said the system was alert to any shenanigans. “The Registrar-General security got a tip off about criminals who are printing fake national identity documents and sought the assistance of… Read More »

Network Of Payment Card Fraudsters Dismantled: 3 000 Victims Lost At Least Eur 500 000

By | June 13, 2017

A successful operation that took down an international criminal network of payment card fraudsters was carried out by Central Investigating Judge number 5, the Public Prosecution Office at the Audiencia Nacional and National Police of Spain, and the General Directorate Combating Organized Crime in Bulgaria, with the support of Eurojust and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). As a… Read More »

Nigeria – Police Recover Stolen Old National ID Cards

By | June 10, 2017

The Police have recovered the 4,555 old national identity cards allegedly stolen from a store house used by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Calabar, Cross River State was recently. At least four suspects who masterminded the burglary have been arrested by the police and are undergoing interrogation. A statement by The store Spokesperson of the Commission,… Read More »

USA – Man who ran $9M credit card cybercrime ring is sentenced

By | June 9, 2017

A man who ran a $9 million stolen credit and debit card ring was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in prison. Angelo Virtucio, 31, of Quezon City, Philippines received a 63-month prison sentence and two years of supervised release from a judge sitting in federal court in Newark, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.  Virtucio… Read More »