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Israel enables spy power to track people suspected of having coronavirus – 18 March 2020

The Israeli Government has approved emergency measures for its security service to use mobile phone surveillance technology to track data of people to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Anyone in jeopardy would then be notified by text message to self-quarantine. Civil rights groups have criticised the decision as it raises serious privacy issues.

Shakedowns, blackmail and scams: Fraudsters quick to exploit soft spots in cashless economy – 14 March 2020

Detective Inspector Bowd who leads a 50-strong fraud squad, states that he is running about 40 jobs at any one time. These include drug shakedowns, blackmail & sabotage threats. He tells how crooks have moved from robbing banks to serious organised scams. He also explains how evidence gathering has changed from using court exhibits to using electronic briefs.

NAB fraud suspect faces trial over $26.7m – 12 March 2020

Helen Mary Rosamond was committed to stand trial in the District Court in April on 74 fraud and dishonesty charges with an alleged total value of $26.7 million. She was charged alongside Rosemary Rogers, the former chief-of-staff to ex-NAB chief executive Andrew Thorburn, over the alleged fraud scheme which totalled $40 million.

Mildura flying school allegedly funded with embezzled Chinese loans – 7 March 2020

A Chinese businessman linked to a company embroiled in complex fraud allegations, has invested millions into a pilot training academy in Mildura.  Concerns are raised that Local councils and state and federal governments should be doing more due diligence, when investors promise to deliver economic windfalls in their communities.

Company ‘never existed’: Former ad agency contractor charged over $1 million fraud – 4 March 2020

Jillian Lynch, a former financial director of a national advertising agency has faced a Sydney court after she allegedly transferred almost $1 million into her own bank accounts. In her role as financial director, police allege she improperly handled payroll, accounts and superannuation for employees and contractors.

Australian police are using the Clearview AI facial recognition system with no accountability – 7 March 2020

Australian police agencies are reportedly using  Clearview AI, a private, unaccountable facial recognition service that combines machine learning and wide-ranging data-gathering practices, to identify members of the public from online photographs. The system raises concerns over system’s privacy implications and the legality of the web-scraping used to build the database.

ASIC confirms iSignthis probe amid queries over CEO’s shareholding – 2 March 2020

ASIC is formally investigating the billion-dollar “technical giant ‘ iSignthis’ due to  significant discrepancies in the shareholdings of chief executive John Karantzis. ISignthis, which provides payment processing and verification services, was suspended from trading in October last year for suspected contraventions.

Elderly US woman Patricia Dudding’s online scamming ‘nets $2.45m’ – 2 March 2020

Ms Dudding, of Huntington, West Virginia, is accused of becoming involved in the cyber-fraud scheme in about May 2018. She became an alleged ­accomplice, a so-called “money mule” laundering money from Australian victims and others, sending $US1.6m ($2.45m) to ­Nigeria and spending more than $US100,000 herself.

Clive Palmer to face more criminal charges – 1 March 2020

Businessman and former federal MP Clive Palmer says he will fight fraud charges brought against him by ASIC. Palmer has been charged with two counts of contravening section 408C(1d) of the Criminal Code of Queensland, by dishonestly gaining a benefit or advantage, pecuniary or otherwise, for another person.

Telcos to cop $250k fines for slack mobile number theft controls – 28 February 2020

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has set a new industry standard, that ensures Telecommunications carriers, must implement identity verification steps, when porting someone’s number. This must be done by April 30 to avoid penalities.

Elvis Presley, Homer Simpson and Bob Marley could be installed as Australian company directors, ASIC admits – 28 February 2020

A senate hearing has heard that deceased celebrities could be installed as directors of Australian companies, as ASIC conceded it does not verify the identities of company directors.  An ABC investigation recently revealed how vulnerable Australians (homeless etc) were unwittingly installed as dummy directors.