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ABC investigation uncovers evidence of a convicted fraudster who is continuing to take tens of thousands of dollars off foreign students. He promises them visas and jobs, but they never eventuate and one woman found herself deported without a visa. Eddie Kang was sentenced to 12 months in prison in March 2017 after he was convicted of 22 counts of fraud and misleading conduct involving 11 foreign students who paid his companies to secure 457 visas.
Graydon, a leading provider of business data, insights and analytics in Europe, has announced a strategic technology partnership with global financial crime experts, TruNarrative. The partnership will provide a corporate anti-fraud solution to the business community. Graydon Detect is the first solution of its kind in the UK.
MORE than a thousand CommBank and ANZ customers may have unknowingly handed out their log-in details and credit card numbers after downloading malicious banking apps. A Google spokesman declined to say how many times the apps were downloaded or how they made it into the Google Play store. As the banks were impersonated, not hacked, the scam falls outside Australia’s new mandatory data-breach notification scheme passed into law earlier this year.
AN ELDERLY West Australian couple who were “doorknocked” by a salesman spruiking a real estate investment thousands of kilometres away were victims of a “fraud” committed by Westpac, consumer advocates claim. Bank staff inflated the couples monthly income so they could get a loan approved.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has confirmed it recently shut down several “initial coin offerings” (ICOs) which were either illegal or using misleading statements in their marketing and stopped the issue of a product disclosure statement (PDS) for a crypto-asset managed investment scheme.
NSW Police have arrested and charged four members of an alleged organised crime ring that used online banking to create more than 300 fraudulent accounts. The raids come after the Financial Crimes Squad set up Strike Force Kurraka in January to target large-scale identity theft and fraud against financial institutions.
Victorian councils can improve the way they use people’s personal information gathered via their security cameras, an auditor-general’s report has found.
Fraudsters have found a new, innovative way to steal money. As data breaches proliferate, countless stolen identity credentials and other critical information are ending up in the hands of these fraudsters, who are then able to pose as legitimate users behind the cloak of the Internet. Today, synthetic identities – based on a combination of real and false personal data – are being used to defraud organisation’s like banks, lenders, insurers, telecommunications services providers, and even governments.
Cancer faker Kelly Val Smith’s ‘despicable’ deception made impact on family and friends – 17 September 2018
Victims of an Adelaide woman who falsely claimed she had ovarian cancer to dupe hundreds of thousands of dollars out of friends and family have told of the devastating impacts it had on their finances and relationships. Kelly Val Smith was found guilty of four counts of deception and one count of dishonestly dealing with documents between 2007 and 2015.
The major banks face years of rolling litigation and potentially billions of dollars in additional compensation out of the Hayne royal commission, as plaintiff law firms prepare a series of test cases over mortgage lending practices and regulators target other areas of bad behaviour.
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A 43-year-old Nigerian man has been arrested by NSW Police for orchestrating a $3 million business email compromise scam under the noses of authorities from within Villawood immigration detention centre. The arrests and raids coupled with the large amount of cash is a significant embarrassment for the Department of Home Affairs which controls the facility.
Ex-APRA manager accused of rorting credit union while pocketing six-figure salary, court documents reveal – 13 September 2018
A former senior manager at Australia’s banking watchdog APRA is accused in a lawsuit of running an array of scams, including engineering sham payouts for his wife and ripping off the credit union that headhunted him as chief executive.
Bensons Property Group who was defrauded of nearly $1 million in a sophisticated email scam, is suing the Commonwealth Bank and ANZ to recover the money. The fraudsters sent a last-minute email saying there has been a change of bank account and directed payment to a different account and then made other transfers.
Some of the world’s biggest technology companies have warned that a draft government bill intended to counter the use of encryption by criminals and terrorist groups could instead undermine user safety.
Article tells how proceeds of drug crime and ATO fraud was investigated by policy using money trails and phone intercepts. Drugs in kite surfing bag were also seized at the airport and $5m hidden in a home. Several accountants and lawyers involved in the criminal activity could face prison time.
In a shocking breach of trust and responsibility, several international students transferred money into Kate Choi’s bank accounts, thinking they were paying tuition fees. They’d hired Choi to help them navigate Australia’s education system.
In its 2018 to 2022 corporate plan, ASIC has reaffirmed its intentions to keep a close watch on the cryptocurrency space, especially ICOs and other token offerings to minimise consumer harm. With plans for a closer look at regtech in the coming years, and a greater focus on technology and digitisation of systems. It will also be monitoring the outcomes achieved by the ASX’s blockchain replacement of the old CHESS system.
HACKERS have obtained the credit card details of some 380,000 British Airways traveller’s during a two-week data breach that has left them vulnerable to financial fraud. The hack once again puts the spotlight on the strength of the IT systems at major companies, as they expand their digital services.
Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research report shows rise in retail theft and fraud in Maitland – 7 September 2018
Maitland has recorded a mixed bag of results from the latest crime statistics, with a significant drop in steal from motor vehicle offences but a rise in retail store thefts and frauds which has jumped by 31 per cent. Detection and loss prevention deployment has increased respectively.
The frequency of business email compromise (BEC) attacks is exploding as large financial returns continue to motivate cybercriminals to find new ways of exploiting human weaknesses. BEC volumes were up 80 percent quarter-on-quarter, according to the latest Mimecast Email Security Risk Assessment(ESRA), which analysed more than 142 million emails that had been cleared by potential customers’ incumbent email systems.
New scamming methods targeting taxpayers has the fraudsters initiating a three-way telephone conversation between the scammer, the victim, and another scammer impersonating the victim’s tax agent. During July and August the ATO received over 7000 scam reports, with close to $190,000 being paid to scammers and over 1600 people handed over their personal or financial information.
A group of alleged Eftpos bandits are taking advantage of a security loophole in the machines to rip off shops for thousands of dollars with stolen credit cards.
A new and more efficient payments system will be a magnet for fraud. Here’s how to prepare – 5 September 2018
The launch of a New Payments Platform, owned by both the banks and Reserve Bank, will make payments instant.
It isn’t yet fully adopted, but when it is it’ll allow any financial institution to transfer money from any of its accounts to any other account near instantaneously. Those transfers will be impossible to reverse. It will make them magnets for fraud.
A Canberra woman accused of setting up fake bank, health insurance and phone accounts and using them to rack up tens-of-thousands of dollars in expenses is now facing 16 additional counts of fraud. She used the names of strangers and her ex-partner to create phone numbers, bank accounts, private health insurance accounts and file a tax return.
An analysis of some of the world’s top cryptocurrency exchanges, by cybersecurity researcher Dr Vidy Potdar, has found that many of them are still making some relatively basic security mistakes. The most basic errors still being made were lax password policies and underuse of HTTP security headers.
‘Paid By Coins’ is set to dramatically shake up the crypto sector by finally giving Aussie’s some options when it comes to using Bitcoin, Ethereum and the multitude of other coins out there. It’s the paypal for cryptocurrency. This system is going to be big news for many Australian retailers.
A group of alleged fraudsters made a frantic across-town attempt to get $300,000 out of the country as the tax office closed in on their $100 million-plus crime ring, a court has heard. Scores of dummy directors, people who are named as a sole director but have nothing to do with a business, have been unearthed as part of the investigation of Philip Whiteman.
Globetrotting three-carat diamond at the centre of largest bank fraud in Indian history – 30 August 2018
A three-carat gem was shipped at least four times between shadowy companies allegedly controlled by Indian billionaire Nirav Modi. The practice of round-tripping – trading goods repeatedly to give the appearance of distinct transactions – was central to the largest bank fraud in India.
Email fraud has devastating consequences for businesses: a recent Proofpoint survey revealed that more than 1 in 3 email fraud attacks on Australian businesses (35%) led to loss of funds to cybercriminals. DMARC (or Domain Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance) is the passport control of the email security world and confirms sender identities to stop fraud. Australian businesses need to look at DMARC and to a multi-layered approach to solve the full email fraud challenge.
831 clients of management consultant AON Hewitt Australian financial advice arm, were shovelled into high-fee super funds without their consent. Counsel assisting the royal commission said it represented four breaches of the Corporations Act, which amounted to more than 3000 breaches in total.