Category Archives: Crime

‘Marathon’ Probe Of Politicians In Enormous E-ktp Corruption Scandal Puts Indonesia’s War On Graft To The Test

By | April 7, 2017

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Kanupriya Kapoor A corruption investigation into dozens of politicians is a cause for concern in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, but no other country has taken such a tough stance against graft over the past decade, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said. The anti-graft agency, known by its Indonesian initials KPK, has put… Read More »

Canadian border guards seized 415 fraudulent passports, visas in 2016

By | April 6, 2017

The Canada Border Services Agency seized 415 fraudulent passports and visas last year as people tried entering the country with fake documents. The agency outlined the numbers in documents tabled this week in the House of Commons. Conservative MP Glen Motz asked the government in early February for a monthly breakdown of fake passport discoveries, as well as a breakdown by… Read More »

USA – Passport Scheme Lands Columbus Man Behind Bars

By | April 6, 2017

A Columbus man has been sentenced to prison after admitting to running a fake passport scheme.  Prosecutors say Kristian Afana, also known as Leonard Ovono, was sentenced to a year in prison on Wednesday. The local U.S. Attorney’s Office says Afana paid people to apply for passports while using provided photographs of other people, and even drove some people… Read More »

Australia – Fraud Cases Are Stretching Sydney Police Resources to The Limit

By | April 3, 2017

FRAUD cases are stretching inner-west police resources to the limit. Newtown police crime prevention officer Senior Constable John Tikisci said mail and identity fraud had been “going through the roof in the last five years”. “Police resources are tied up with preventable fraud matters when they can be directed towards reducing domestic violence and alcohol-related crimes which have… Read More »

Spain – Huge Credit Card and Social Security Fraud Unravelled by National Police

By | April 2, 2017

OFFICERS of the National Police have arrested 73 people across Spain in connection with an internet travel agency which it is estimated obtained at least €1.5 million by use of fraudulent credit cards. A single bank reported the possible use of a forged credit card to the National Police and this led to an investigation which discovered that… Read More »

UK Financial Fraud Data for 2016 Published

By | March 30, 2017

Financial fraud losses across payment cards, remote banking and cheques totalled £768.8 million in 2016, an increase of 2 per cent on the previous year, figures from Financial Fraud Action UK show. The new data shows banks and card companies prevented £1.38 billion of fraud last year, equivalent to £6.40 in every £10 of attempted fraud being stopped.… Read More »

Hong Kong – Syndicate Racked up HK$650,000 in Shopping Spree on Stolen Credit Cards

By | March 30, 2017

Police have arrested four suspected members of a fraud syndicate that used stolen credit cards to rack up HK$650,000 in bills on shopping sprees in Hong Kong. Authorities said the gang had been in operation since October last year and was involved in at least 28 cases in Sham Shui Po. Officers were investigating whether the syndicate was… Read More »

UK – Crackdown on Contactless Card Security Flaw Welcomed by MPs

By | March 30, 2017

Contactless card fraud may be going undetected because people may wrongly assume cancelled cards can no longer be used. Photograph: Barclaycard/PAThe City regulator has set out measures to tackle fraudulent payments on contactless cards which have been reported lost or stolen. In a letter to the Treasury select committee, published on Thursday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said… Read More »

ATMs Drive Debit Card Fraud To Record Heights

By | March 29, 2017

Fraud detection and prevention is no cottage industry. As debit and credit cards grow in the field, making inroads to consumers where they’d not been held before, so too has the opportunity grown for skimming and pilfering. And FICO has seen an alarming uptick and uptake in skimming and other practices designed to separate debit cardholders and their funds. In… Read More »

USA – Strain Confiscates 15 Credit Card “Skimmers” Off Gas Pumps

By | March 29, 2017

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said the department’s Weights and Measures division is seeing an increase in skimming devices at gasoline pumps. “Our inspectors seem to be finding one or two skimmers on a weekly basis. Consumers are also alerting our office more often which helps us track down these devices,” said… Read More »

India – Fake Passport Agents’ Gang Busted By Anti-Terror Squad

By | March 28, 2017

After three passports were recovered from possession of slain terror suspect Saifullah, the Uttar Pradesh ATS launched a crackdown on fake travel documents and arrested a gang involved in the clandestine trade. Inspector General UP Anti-Terror Squad Asim Arun said, “Fake passports can affect national security. Acting on specific tip-off, a number of teams were formed, which found… Read More »

USA – 2 Indian-Americans Sentenced for Credit Card Fraud

By | March 28, 2017

Two Indian-American men were sentenced by a US court for a $200 million international credit card fraud, one of the largest-ever exposed by federal authorities, said officials. Vijay Verma and Tarsem Lal, both of Iselin, New Jersey, were sentenced to 14 months in prison and a year of house arrest, respectively, after previously pleading guilty to their roles… Read More »

Australia – Identity Theft: Ruthless Gangs Use Fake Driver’s Licences and Medicare Cards for Crime Sprees

By | March 12, 2017

BIKIES, drug bosses and terrorists­ are taking over the identities of innocent people using fake NSW driver’s ­licences and Medicare cards to carry out crimes and avoid police detection. A joint investigation by NSW and federal police, called Project Birrie, has for the first time established the links between identity fraud and serious crimes from 1710 fake documents… Read More »