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2014 Marks Largest Online Fraud Losses EVER!

Posted: May 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Indeep Media | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on 2014 Marks Largest Online Fraud Losses EVER!

Romance scams led to biggest financial fraud losses in 2014, ACCC saysAustralians were scammed out of almost $82 million last year, with romance-based schemes accounting for the biggest losses, a report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has found.

The figures showed more than 90,000 scams were reported to the ACCC in 2014, with around one in nine successfully obtaining money.

The biggest losses were experienced by those who had been tricked by romance or dating scams, which accounted for $28 million.

The report found while fewer people were falling into the trap of sending money to a false admirer, the financial losses was far greater, with 3 per cent of contacts accounting for 34 per cent of losses.

In 14 cases, the losses exceeded $500,000. Investment fraud and computer prediction software was the next most popular type of scam.

More than $21 million was lost in scams where people were asked to invest in a scheme or work opportunity, or buy into computer programs that claimed to help the user make money :: Read the full article »»»»


Ebay Australia Helps Snare Welfare Cheats

Posted: March 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Ebay Australia Helps Snare Welfare Cheats

Ebay.au Helps Trap Welfare FraudData from online trading site eBay.com.au has helped Australia’s Government welfare agency, Centrelink, catch out social security recipients who are not declaring big profits from internet sales. Centrelink has cleverly compared its payment records with the activity of nearly 20,000 people who are running profitable eBay businesses.

The government agency identified 25 people who must repay close to $AU900,000 in welfare payments they weren’t entitled to. Centrelink general manager Hank Jongen said some matters had been referred to the director of public prosecutions, but no charges have yet been laid.

Welfare fraud costs Australia more than $AU600 million a year, the Australian Institute of Criminolgy – AIC – says welfare fraud is difficult to measure because it falls outside the two main crime measures of incidents reported to police and victim experience surveys. The AIC says the UK department responsible for social welfare estimated in 2009 that more than two percent of all benefit expenditures, or £3 billion a year, was fraudulently claimed :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Federal Police Break Major Child Abuse Network

Posted: March 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Federal Police Break Major Child Abuse Network

AFP Cybercrime Unit Cracks Major Australian Paedophile Ring

It’s a much smaller world for Australian paedophiles today. No longer safe behind their hideous little peer-2-peer networks, Australian Federal Police – AFP – say they’ve smashed a major child-sex-abuse network of online predators, arresting 21 people from around Australia this week.

AFP commenced Operation Conqueror in January, investigating the production, sharing and distribution of child abuse material – video and images –  on the internet.

AFP, state and territory police officers carried out 36 search warrants in every state and territory as part of the operation, and arrested 21 people, with a further 6 still being sought for questioning.

“The material that’s been seized can only be classed as abhorrent and personally disgusting,” AFP Cyber Crimes operations manager Glen McEwan said. “Tackling this heinous crime is a key focus for the AFP.”

Hundreds of thousands of images and videos were seized in the raids, Mr McEwan said that one property raided had 26 hard drives – ranging in size from 500GB-2TB – filled with illegal images and videos.

Mr McEwan called on the community to continue passing on information and assistance in prosecuting crimes against children.  He says as even though technology evolves allowing criminals to change their techniques, it is just a matter of time before online predators will be caught. Mr McEwan said the images seized were both locally and internationally produced :: Read the full article »»»»