Category Archives: Crime

Russian Hacker Went From Poverty To Making Millions In Stolen Credit Cards. Now He’s Facing 27 Years In Prison

By | April 22, 2017

Born almost dirt-poor in Russia’s Far East, Roman Valerevich Seleznev still turned himself into a multi-millionaire by being one of the best in his field. That field, however, was stealing and selling credit card data. On Friday, in a Seattle federal courtroom, before a judge sentenced Seleznev to 27 years in prison, his attorney and prosecutors recounted his… Read More »

Brussels Prosecutors Investigate Congolese Passport Deal

By | April 20, 2017

Brussels prosecutors are investigating a deal between Belgian company Semlex and the Democratic Republic of Congo to supply biometric passports, a spokesman for the prosecutors’ office said on Thursday. He said the investigation had started in early 2017 but declined to give any further details. A Reuters special report last week showed that $60 of the price of… Read More »

USA – Fugitive Pleads Guilty In $200 Million Credit Card Fraud Scam

By | April 18, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. – A New York man today admitted his role in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced. Habib Chaudhry, 49, of Valley Stream, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to Count One of… Read More »

Middle Easterners Issued 10,000 Fake Venezuelan Passports, Official Says

By | April 18, 2017

Venezuela illegally issued nearly 10,000 false passports to Middle Eastern citizens former director of the country’s migration office Colonel Vladimir Medrano Rengifo told a Florida-based Spanish language newspaper. Many of the fake passports and visas were distributed through Venezuela’s embassy in Damascus, the capital of Syria. “Today we don’t know where these people are, nor what they are doing,”… Read More »

Fake Passport Row: CBI Files FIR Against MEA Officials

By | April 18, 2017

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against unknown officials from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for issuing fake passports to 12 people. The FIR report states that the CBI received a tip-off that unknown MEA officials have committed criminal misconduct by abusing their official position as public servant and entered into a criminal… Read More »

Shoney’s Might Be Latest Victim Of Credit Card Breach

By | April 17, 2017

Multiple sources in the financial industry have found a pattern of fraud on customer cards, with the latest victim of a breach looking to be Shoney’s, a 70-year-old restaurant chain that operates primarily in the southern United States. Krebson Security reports that the privately held restaurant chain includes approximately 150 company-owned and franchised locations in 17 states, from Maryland… Read More »

India – Debit Card Fraud: Bulgarian National Arrested For Using Cloned Card at ATM

By | April 16, 2017

The cyber cell of the Mumbai police Saturday arrested a Bulgarian national for allegedly trying to use a cloned debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM in Juhu. The accused, who had come to the city on a tourist visa nearly a month back, was tracked down on the basis of CCTV footage. The police are now… Read More »

India – Dear Mumbaikar, Here’s Why You Should Not Reveal Card Details Over Phone

By | April 15, 2017

Mumbai: In yet another instance of cyber fraud in the city, a 52-year-old man from Ghatkopar was duped of nearly Rs 3 lakh by an unknown person. The accused withdrew the victim’s money from his bank account through online shopping, PayTm etc. The victim, Arun Kamble, a resident of Nalanda, Ghatkopar, received a phone call from an unknown… Read More »

Trinidad and Tobago – Cops Crack Card Skimming Ring

By | April 15, 2017

A massive operation by Fraud Squad on Thursday led to the arrest and charges against three people in connection with multi-million dollar credit card fraud, card skimming and phishing ring activity across the country. The trio, Akeil Sullivan and Jenna John, of Embaccadere, San Fernando and Melissa Carrington, of Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, were charged yesterday by… Read More »

India – Ats Arrests Lucknow’s Asst Passport Officer Sudhakar Rastogi

By | April 13, 2017

Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of UP Police claimed to have arrested Assistant Passport Officer in Lucknow Passport Sewa Kendra, Sudhakar Rastogi in Lucknow for indulging in alleged irregularities in issuing passports.  An FIR was registered against him at ATS Gomti Nagar police station under section 419,420,467,468 and 471 of IPC along with 12,Passport Act. ATS sources said that the… Read More »

Nigeria – Danbazau Reads Riot Act to Corrupt Immigration Officers

By | April 13, 2017

The Interior Minister, retired Major General Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau has warned corrupt officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to desist from exploiting passports’ applicants or else lose their jobs. The minister, who sounded the warning while commissioning the second passport office in Kanoon Thursday, said he was aware that some officers of the service had developed the habit of collecting… Read More »

Congo President’s Adviser Received Payments From Gulf Companies

By | April 13, 2017

In June 2015, the Belgian company Semlex signed a deal to supply biometric passports to the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. A few weeks later two companies based in the United Arab Emirates made payments totaling $700,000 to private bank accounts held in the name of Emmanuel Adrupiako, a Kabila adviser who helped… Read More »

Bank Card fraud on the Increase in Namibia

By | April 10, 2017

By Magreth Nunuhe WINDHOEK – The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has recorded a loss of approximately R13 million through debit, hybrid and credit cards due to fraud in 2016, while the number of incidents related to card fraud over the past two years increased by 46 percent from 2015 to 2016. Card fraud includes lost or stolen cards; forged… Read More »

Indonesia’s Parliament Allegedly Embezzles Over $170M From Planned National ID Program

By | April 10, 2017

Indonesia’s notoriously corrupt parliament is embroiled in scandal after two officials were arrested for their part in skimming more than $170M from the country’s digital ID card program. In an indictment handed down last month, the country’s Corruption Eradication Commission accused two senior home ministry officials of facilitating payouts benefiting more than 37 lawmakers and high-ranking government officers,… Read More »

India – Homemaker Held in Fake Canadian Passport Case

By | April 8, 2017

MUMBAI: A homemaker is in police custody after she was deported from Canada for flying with a forged passport. Though Bindu Patel (34), an Ahmedabad resident, cleared the immigration check at the city’s international airport on December 15, 2016, she failed to convince the authorities in Canada the next day, after landing there. Patel was provided a fake… Read More »

USA – Thieves Steal Thousands From ATM Cards

By | April 8, 2017

Thieves late last month struck two Lake Arrowhead residents, skimming their ATM cards to make purchases for thousands of dollars. In one case, a Lake Arrowhead resident learned on March 30 that unidentified persons attempted to make several purchases totaling $6,000 with his credit card, according to a report from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station. The bank approved… Read More »

‘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 »