Category Archives: Crime

EAST Publishes European Fraud Update 3-2018

By | November 15, 2018

The European Association for Secure Transactions (EAST) has just published its third European Fraud Update for 2018.  This is based on country crime updates given by representatives of 15 countries in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), and 3 non-SEPA countries, at the 46th EAST meeting held in London on 9th October 2018.  Payment fraud issues were reported by fourteen countries. … Read More »

Germany and Sweden take action against cyber fraud gang

By | September 14, 2018

With the support of Europol and Frontex, two suspects were arrested on 12 September in a series of coordinated raids across Germany and Sweden in an investigation targeting a Syrian organised crime group suspected of cyber fraud. House searches were carried out in Aachen, Dortmund and Essen (Germany), and in Nörrköping, Malmö and Helsingborg (Sweden), where police recovered some… Read More »

Bahrain – IT expert jailed for illegally renewing smart cards

By | July 16, 2018

An Asian IT expert who was working as a sub-contractor with the eGovernment Authority will spend next three years behind bars for attempting to illegally renew four smart cards. The accused only received BD40 from a cafeteria man to renew the smart cards, according to court details. “I discovered a loophole in the eGovernment Authority’s system, where I… Read More »

Delhi: Metro staffer, two others held for recharge card fraud

By | June 7, 2018

Delhi Police have arrested three persons, including a contractual employee with the Delhi Metro, for allegedly distributing recharged Metro smart cards to passengers for half the rate. According to the Delhi Metro Police, the accused — identified as Rajesh Maurya (26), a contractual employee posted in Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) unit of Delhi Metro, Anil Kumar (27) and… Read More »

Toll Fraud – How A Criminal Network Made A Fortune Through The Fraudulent Use Of Counterfeit Fuel And Credit Cards

By | May 15, 2018

On 6 May, 24 suspects have been arrested in Spain by the Spanish National Police and the Guardia Civil in an international operation involving Spain and France and supported by Europol. The organised crime group was specialised in using counterfeiting fuel and credit/debit cards to avoid paying toll fees and in selling these cards to truck drivers and… Read More »

Indonesia – Former Home Minister Denies Involvement in Electronic ID Graft

By | January 30, 2018

Jakarta. Former Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi denied having been involved in massive graft surrounding a project to procure electronic national identity cards, known as e-KTP, as he testified at court on Monday (29/01). The Rp 5.9 trillion ($413 million) project run under Gamawan’s former office in 2011. Two of the ministry’s former officials were convicted in the graft case, which also implicated,… Read More »

Pakistan – Over 58,000 fake CNICs detected by NADRA

By | January 28, 2018

ISLAMABAD:  The Interior Ministry on Saturday informed the Senate that the country’s top database authority detected more than 58,000 fake or suspicious national identity cards, which have now been “temporarily digitally impounded in NADRA’s database”. The upper house of parliament was informed that during the re-verification drive it had been noticed that not only some Pakistanis had obtained… Read More »

India – Thane: 77 seized fake smart card licences had same address

By | January 19, 2018

THANE: Investigations into the fake license case revealed that of the 253 licenses seized from the accused, nearly 77 had the same address of Angaon Bhiwandi and Kalwa area. The police had on Tuesday recovered as many as 253 fake licenses made by accused Sunil Chaudhari who is the proprietor of the Chaudhari Driving School based in Mulund.… Read More »

More Chinese nationals arrested in Pakistan ATM heist

By | January 11, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The arrest of two Chinese nationals involved in ATM skimming on Wednesday has alarmed security officials who have apprehended numerous Chinese individuals committing cybercrimes in Pakistan since last year. The two foreigners were apprehended stealing financial data from a Karachi ATM owned by Pakistan’s largest bank, Habib Bank Limited, which has been previously targeted. “The two Chinese… Read More »

Indonesia – More Politicians Grilled as KPK Digs Deeper Into e-KTP Graft

By | January 10, 2018

Jakarta. Antigraft investigators questioned several politicians on Tuesday (09/01) as witnesses in a high-profile corruption case related to a government project involving electronic national identity cards known as e-KTP. The politicians include North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), United Development Party (PPP) politician Nu’man Abdul Hakim and Democratic Party politician Jafar Hafsah. All… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK to grill ex-House speaker Marzuki in e-ID case

By | January 8, 2018

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators are to question former House of Representatives speaker Marzuki Alie as a witness in the multitrillion-rupiah graft case pertaining to the electronic identity (e-ID) card procurement project. Marzuki will be questioned as a witness for suspect Anang Sugiana Sudihardjo, the president director of IT consulting firm PT Quadra Solution that was involved in… Read More »

India – Bangladeshi, 2 others nabbed for running passport racket

By | January 2, 2018

Lucknow, Jan 2 (PTI) A Bangladeshi national was among three arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) for allegedly being part of a gang that got passports made on the basis of fake documents, officials said. In a joint operation by intelligence sleuths and the state police, the ATS arrested Bangladeshi national Yusuf Ali from… Read More »

India – Two Romanians Held for ATM Fraud

By | December 31, 2017

Two Romanian nationals and two locals were arrested on Saturday by the Navghar Police from Safdarjang in Delhi for allegedly duping almost 100 unsuspecting people through an elaborate ATM fraud. The accused cloned ATM card details of victims and have allegedly managed to withdraw about Rs 32 lakh till now. According to the police, Romanian nationals Miu Ionel,… Read More »

Thailand – Over 20 Chinese arrested for having forged Thai ID cards

By | December 30, 2017

The arrest of these Chinese men and women followed the arrest of a Thai state employee of the Ladluang Municipality in Phra Pradaeng, Ms Pilaiporn Phoothong, for preparing fake documents to apply ID cards for these Chinese people. She could help to issue Thai ID cards with Thai names and family names for 29 Chinese, thus enabling them… Read More »

World Bank Announces Settlement with Oberthur Technologies SA

By | November 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2017—The World Bank Group announced the debarment for 2.5 years of Oberthur Technologies SA (Oberthur), a French digital security company (now part of a company called Idemia). The sanction relates to corrupt and collusive practices under the Identification System for Enhancing Access to Services Project (IDEA), a project designed to establish a secure, accurate and… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK slaps travel ban on Setya’s wife

By | November 23, 2017

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has requested the Immigration Office issue a travel ban on Deisti Astriani Tagor, the wife of House of Representatives Speaker and graft suspect Setya Novanto. “Investigators need her statement as a witness for suspect Anang Sugiana Sudihardjo in the [electronic ID graft] case,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said in a statement on Thursday. He… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK probes Setya’s wife in e-ID graft case

By | November 20, 2017

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators are set to question Deisti Astriani Tagor, the wife of House of Representatives Speaker and graft suspect Setya Novanto on Monday, as a witness in the e-ID graft case. Deisti will be questioned as she was the former commissioner of trading company PT Mondialindo Graha Perdana, that, according to evidence obtained by the… Read More »

Ghana – Lack of a central identification card cause of high incidence of fraud – IT expert

By | October 17, 2017

Chief Technical Officer at Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited Kwame Anokye has attributed the high incidence of fraud in the country to lack of a central identification system. He said our current national ID card systems are not harmonised and therefore cannot be verified when someone decides to cheat the system. “In Ghana our number one challenge is our… Read More »

Indonesia – FBI document says House Speaker Setya Novanto asked for bribe from e-KTP case witness who committed suicide: KPK

By | October 9, 2017

Indonesian netizens could only turn to memes to express their shock that House Speaker Setya Novanto could somehow dodge corruption charges yet again after he won a pretrial motion to lift the suspect status placed on him by the Corruption Eradication Committee (KPK) as part of their investigation into the massive electronic identity card (e-KTP) corruption case. But the KPK says… Read More »