Category Archives: Crime

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 »

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 »