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Web-conferencing and instant messaging tools are seeing greater usage among travel and tourism trade players who are determined to keep business dialogue alive as the appeal of face-to-face meetings diminish against a backdrop of Covid-19 infection fears.
Sheryl Lim, founder of Singapore-based travel agency Travel Wander, found herself turning to online presentations to keep her regular clientele informed on new adventure tours and destinations as well as reach out to potential new customers.
“Our usual marketing efforts involve conducting product presentations at specific venues but as soon as Covid-19 happened, people started to refrain from going out or meeting other people,” Lim recalled.
“We were in a fix because as a small company, we cannot stop moving and must keep up our marketing efforts. Out of sight, out of mind, as the saying goes, so we must maintain contact with our customers and the marketplace now so that when travel confidence returns, they will consider Travel Wander for their travel planning.”
With print or radio ads priced out of her budget, she turned to web-conferencing tools.
“The travel planning business is a very personal one, where clients prefer meeting face-to-face. But the pandemic has presented us with an unusual situation, and webinars are a good solution that enables us to keep up with sales and marketing communications,” she said.
Travel Wander conducted its first presentation two weeks ago, focusing on the joy of active holidays. The content, delivered through slides and a narration, explained what active holidays were all about, and dispelled myths around such tours. Six people attended it. A week later, a webinar on Sarawak drew 10 people.
Lim has planned a third on Kazakhstan this week, and aims to conduct a weekly session and is working on improving the format to facilitate conversations. The webinars are promoted to regular clients who then spread the word within their social circle.
The product webinars have allowed Lim to determine which destinations were more popular, based on webinar sign-up performance.
For other travel companies that are already utilising web-conferencing, the current pandemic has underscored the value of this mode of communications.
Adam Kamal, general manager of Malaysia’s Suka Travel, said his team is now working remotely from home, relying on WhatsApp video conferencing to address urgent matters, on top of their usual web-conferences with overseas suppliers and outstation agents.
The remote work arrangement was necessary as the government had on Monday evening issued an order to temporarily shutter businesses and restrict movement to fight against Covid-19.
Adam said he introduced and encouraged web-conferencing when he joined the agency last November, and applauded the convenience and cost savings it offers.
“Web-conferencing allows our partners to pull up documents, charts and pictures as they speak. (It also) saves time and costs as we can do meetings virtually. If it were face-to-face meetings, we would have to rent space to hold a seminar and pay for light refreshments,” he said.
Bayu Buana Travel Services Indonesia, which now has 50 per cent of its staff working from home, is encouraging continued reliance on web-conferencing tools to keep dialogues open with airline partners and clients during these trying times.
Agustinus Pake Seko, president director of Bayu Buana Travel Services Indonesia, said his team is familiar with web-conferencing, as there are regular online global meetings with BCD Travel, which the company is part of.
Laurens van den Oever, CMO at research firm ForwardKeys, opined that the “one good thing to come out of the coronavirus” is the emphasis on the value of “how to be savvier with our digital offerings, such as travel alerts, impact reports and newsletters”.
“In every business, you need to invest in the necessary tools and equipment for your team. Different time zones, cultural barriers, epidemics and pandemics should not impede the running of your business nor throw you into the Dark Ages,” Oever said.
The ForwardKeys team relies on a suite of communication services, such as Zoom, Slack, WhatsApp and webinars/web information sessions for internal interaction, and Zoom mostly by its analysts to connect with external clients.
“These have helped us a lot (in maintaining business communications, especially now) with all the travel limitations and tradeshow cancellations due to the (outbreak),” he added. – Additional reporting by S Puvaneswary and Mimi Hudoyo
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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Singapore’s crime rate highest in 9 years; online scams up by 54% – The Independent News
Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans SINGAPORE — The crime rate in Singapore in 2019 is at its highest since 2010. While other types of crimes decreased, online scams increased by 54.2 percent from 2018. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) released the Annual Crime Brief 2019 on Wednesday (Feb 5). Overall, the country’s crime […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com
#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Video: Dh4 billion online scam bid busted in Dubai raid, 9 arrested – News
Operation Fox Hunt: They had run 81 fake businesses across 18 countries around the world.
The Dubai Police have arrested an African gang of nine cyber-scammers that had run 81 fake businesses across 18 countries around the world. They created a ‘wealthy’ image on social media – then duped people into transferring money in exchange of false job opportunities.
– Dubai Police???? ??? (@DubaiPoliceHQ) February 3, 2020
Dubbed ‘Fox Hunt’, the operation revealed the hidden online fraud network that managed to siphon off more than Dh32 million worth of money transfers.
The fraudsters were busted at their UAE residence, where the e-crime team of the Dubai Police found laptops and mobile phones full of sensitive information on individuals and companies – including bank accounts and credit cards details, as well as documents and files of the gangs’ illegal activities.
Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said the arrest marks a new important achievement for the team.
“As gangs constantly change their criminal methods, the Dubai Police exert all efforts to qualify elites of officers and employees specialised in dealing with the latest technologies to tackle emerging crimes,” Maj-Gen Al Marri said.
Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said Operation Fox Hunt is “a unique and extremely professional” hit as it prevented the gang from abusing 800,000 e-mail addresses and foiled their bid to steal Dh4 billion.
The scam: Social media users were targeted
>Scammers disguised themselves with a ‘facade of wealth’ and used social media to celebrate illegitimate wealth under the names of others
>They reached out to social media users, promising they would help with job opportunities
>Victims received phishing e-mails that deceived them into transferring money to complete fake recruitment procedures
OPERATION FOX HUNT
>Some victims reported the incident to the Dubai Police’s anti-cybercrime platform (www.ecrime.ae)
>Thorough investigations led to identifying the group
>Police teams closely monitored the gang and put the details of their IDs, bank accounts, residence, and cars in the spotlight
Raid foiled bid to steal Dh64m from 1,126 credit cards
As the Dubai Police closely monitored the group, they received a tip claiming that one of the suspects intended to leave the country. The CID team immediately drew a plan and set a zero hour to make the arrest.
Captain Abdullah Al Shehi, deputy director of e-investigations at the Dubai Police, said the arrest foiled the gang’s bid to drain out the balance of 1,126 credit cards with an estimated total value of Dh64 million.
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Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Cisco, the makers of Webex, had warned users of the online conferencing service that a vulnerability allowed unauthorised remote users to listen in on private online meetings – without having to enter a password. The vulnerability, which was rated as high severity by Cisco in a […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com
#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Covered Security wants you to be smarter about online threats — for your employer’s sake
I took a five-minute online quiz created by a Boston startup, Covered Security. It’s designed to give you the cybersecurity equivalent of your credit score — basically, how do your online security habits compare with the average person’s, and how do they compare with the habits of security experts? Let’s just say I have some improvements to make before I reach the “average” mark on Covered’s grading scale.
What Covered is trying to do is motivate people like me to change. Not because we’re a danger to ourselves, but because we’re a danger to our employers.
“Normal people are compromised at a rate that is 124.7 percent higher than security professionals,” says Covered’s founder and CEO, Chris Zannetos.
Unfortunately, it can be tough to get people to change bad habits, such as using the same password for multiple accounts or using easy answers to the security prompt questions for password recovery (like mother’s maiden name.)
As for getting them to pay for new security software or services that might make them less vulnerable? Forget about it, Zannetos says. People are complacent about security until a hacker breaks into their Facebook account and starts messaging all of their friends or cracks a bank account and wreaks havoc.
So Covered is focusing on employers, who have a lot more at stake — billions of dollars, trade secrets, brand reputations, and stock prices. Corporate information security executives, Zannetos says, “always say that people were the soft underbelly of their security program. They are a gateway for hackers to break into the organization,” such as when employees hastily respond to an e-mail that looks like it’s from the boss requesting password information, or asking them to review an attached file. (Oops — malware, which can give the bad guys access to everything on your machine.) So Covered is planning to sell to companies, rather than to individuals, and it already has a handful that are using its software, including Aflac, the Georgia insurance company.
Covered Security was founded in 2016, and it’s still small — fewer than 10 employees, Zannetos says. The objective, he explains, was to create “a FitBit for online security. Could we make it simple, fast, and personally rewarding for people to improve their own security habits?”
Covered’s product is fundamentally about education: What are the ideal things to be doing to protect your passwords and accounts, and where have data breaches occurred recently that may affect you and your account information? The Web-based system gives you pats on the head (“kudos”) when you make small improvements, and your employer can offer prizes to people who have accumulated a certain number of kudos. (Yes, you are on the honor system: You can say that you’re using two-factor authentication — “text me a code so I can log in to my account” — without actually doing it.)
Your employer can’t peer into an individual employee’s Covered profile, Zannetos says. But they can see high-level analytic data about “where the company is weak and where they’re strong, and what behavior they need to incentivize.”
This month, to build buzz, Covered has been giving away gift cards to people who register with the site and start earning kudos.
Danahy, the security entrepreneur, says that while “most people treat the end user as a problem that is not solvable — they will always make mistakes — what Covered is doing has an optimism, and a realism, I think, that you can change that.”
The notion, he says, is that you and I should be more aware of practical behaviors, like using a password repository to create and manage our passwords, as well as read articles about the latest hacker techniques, so that we don’t become victims. Offering kudos and financial incentives to spend time doing that, Danahy says, “gamifies” the process of changing our behaviors. Danahy serves as an adviser to Covered but is not an investor in the company.
Oren Falkowitz, CEO of the California startup Area 1 Security and a former staffer at the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command, says via e-mail that the Covered concept sounds simple. “But the reality is, we humans can’t be taught to be less human. Our innate curiosity, our willingness to trust complete strangers, and our child-like interest in a good story, all work against us in cyberspace.” That’s what makes it impossible, Falkowitz says, to stop phishing attacks without relying on “specific and advanced computer software.”
“The concept of training employees so that they can better avoid being phished or falling prey to other social hacks is not new, and almost every company is doing some level of employee education in this regard these days,” says Maria Cirino, a former cybersecurity CEO and venture capitalist at the Boston firm .406 Ventures. But Covered’s approach and use of technology to change people’s bad habits could prove more effective and measurable, Cirino says. Her firm hasn’t invested. Covered has so far raised a bit more than $1 million from individual investors, and Zannetos hopes to add more to the company’s bank account in the spring.
Covered is in the midst of juggling the four balls that every startup needs to keep in the air: finding investors, closing sales, hiring skilled employees, and continually improving the product.
But the mission — making all of us a little less dumb, when it comes to online security practices — is an important one.
Scott Kirsner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @ScottKirsner.
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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | The cyber pirates of the Caribbean responsible for online fraud that robs Australians of millions
They ride the high seas of the global financial system, preying on everyday Australians and stealing millions of dollars. They are the outlaws of the digital world and authorities seem powerless to stop them.
Jane Smith* had run a successful business for years and was finally in a place where she could think about investing her and her husband’s retirement fund.
They had both worked hard and put aside a sizeable nest egg, but she was worried as she neared retirement age they needed a top-up.
So when a simple offer promising a healthy return popped up on her Facebook feed, she thought she would give it a try.
It sounded similar to something she had heard about from a friend whose son worked for a major investment firm that was using automated trading software on currency exchange markets.
And it came from a firm with a slick-looking website and a friendly investment manager who sounded highly educated and knew current market trends.
Little did she know her savings would be flushed into a river of cash flowing out of Australia and into a global network of offshore accounts, where it would be laundered and channelled into the pockets of highly organised criminals.
Scammers who are smarter than us
Jane’s life has changed irrevocably since she was targeted.
She is now forced to contemplate a future where she and her husband will have to keep working, then when they get too old perhaps turn to the Government for support.
And Jane is far from alone.
Many of us think we are too smart to fall for scammers, but investment scams cost Australians at least $86 million in 2018 — topping all other forms of scams that robbed people of their savings.
Fake investment offers in cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, are becoming more popular, resulting in record losses in 2019, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Trading in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has become a hunting ground for cyber scammers. (Supplied: Hybridreserve.com)
But despite the massive cost, victims say when they report these crimes, action is rarely taken.
An ABC investigation has peeled back the glossy facade of the scam that robbed Jane of her savings, to reveal an extensive global network including shell companies, sophisticated marketing and high-pressure sales tactics all designed to get what it wants — your money.
Fake news and bogus endorsements
For Jane, the scam started at her home in the West Australian city of Bunbury.
From there, it went all the way to the regulatory havens of the Caribbean, Europe and Asia that allow these financial pirates safe harbour.
It began with a fake ABC news story about a bogus endorsement by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest for a financial scheme that promised great riches.
A screenshot of one of the bogus ABC News articles used to publicise the scam. (Supplied: Consumer Protection WA)
There are endless variations of this ad floating around Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks, but the formula remains the same.
A name-brand celebrity like Microsoft founder Bill Gates or Virgin billionaire Richard Branson is ostensibly interviewed by a reliable news outlet, with public comments from supposed clients raving about the money they say they have made:
“Is this really working? Has anyone tried it yet?”
“It really is! I already earned 1352$ [sic] and it just keeps coming. I can’t wait to earn more with the app.”
“I’m very surprised that this is fully legal, with the amount I’m earning.”
Australian versions of the scam also feature former NSW premier and now NAB banking executive Mike Baird.
Jane read the article and was intrigued. She followed the links and found herself on a website using the name HybridReserve.
“HybridReserve set out to allow ANY person sitting at home or in the office to be able to invest modest sums of money and offer them the 100% support and guidance needed for beginners,” the site claims.
“Confusing terminology and complicated technologies, are not our thing.”
She started off with small amounts, but as the returns flowed in and she received some early payouts, she was encouraged to invest more heavily.
She eventually deposited $670,000 over several months into HybridReserve’s online trading platform, believing it was being invested on her behalf.
But once the money was deposited, her investment manager suddenly became hard to contact, despite the previous daily calls and emails.
And heading over to their office to speak to him was not an option.
HybridReserve lists a main address in the picturesque Caribbean nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The tiny nation lies in a chain of tropical islands that also includes famous offshore tax and regulatory havens such as the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and The Bahamas.
When the ABC called the only number listed on HybridReserve’s website that was still connected, the man who answered claimed no knowledge of HybridReserve.
He said he was only there to “connect” callers to other agents, but also that he was available for anything the ABC “wished to do that considers trading, and such”.
He then said he would put the call through to management, and hung up the phone.
A very busy address
The address listed by HybridReserve — Suite 305, Griffith Corporate Centre, Beachmont, Kingstown — is well known to authorities and IDCare, a not-for-profit identity theft and cyber fraud support service.
The man who answered the phone said he was in St Vincent and the Grenadines, at “Suite 305 Griffith”, but later backtracked, saying he could not reveal where he was located.
In the past two years IDCare has dealt with 41 complaints linked to that address out of 583 cases of alleged investment fraud.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) also lists 12 business names or entities associated with this address on their companies you should not deal with list.
It is a modest office block that sits in a semi-industrial part of the capital, Kingstown, next door to a private medical centre.
The ABC does not suggest all firms linked to this address are involved in fraud, as there are legitimate reasons for incorporating your business offshore.
But a number of brokers who are the subject of complaints by Australian investors have this listed as their main address.
Griffith Corporate Centre is advertised online as offering virtual office space and registered office services.
The ABC made repeated attempts to contact the centre, but received no reply.
There are legitimate locations like this one all over the world. Often they are just post office boxes.
They can be used by people who want to incorporate a company in a particular jurisdiction, but either don’t have their own property located there or want to list a different location to their bricks and mortar office.
Bank accounts can then be opened in the names of incorporated companies, which can be useful for people wanting to move large amounts of money around the globe.
This office desk picture was uploaded to Griffith Corporate Centre’s address on Google in September, 2019. (Google: Griffith Corporate Centre)
In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, an incorporated company must have a locally registered office and agent, although the directors and owners can be located offshore.
A firm offering offshore company incorporation services, which is headquartered at Suite 305 at the Griffith Corporate Centre, is Wilfred International Services (WIS).
WIS managing director Merma DeFreitas said the majority of her clients used WIS as their registered office, but she denied knowing anything about alleged fraud committed by firms incorporated at the address.
“Wilfred Services Ltd is the registered agent ONLY and does NOT own or operate any of the entities that are incorporate[d] through our firm,” Mrs DeFreitas said in a written statement to the ABC.
“Therefore our firm is NOT linked to OR aware of any alleged fraud committed against any individuals.”
The ABC requested information about 10 firms that list this address — including HybridReserve — which have had complaints against them registered with ASIC or IDCare.
Mrs DeFreitas said she could not make any comment about these firms as WIS only responded to requests made by local financial regulatory authorities.
Why harbour in the Caribbean?
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is renowned worldwide for its soft sand beaches and tropical paradise image — which saw it feature as the backdrop to the blockbuster Disney film series Pirates of the Caribbean.
But it is famous for another reason in the global financial community.
The cluster of islands often referred to as SVG is known for its lack of financial transparency, to the extent that firms specialising in offshore businesses, such as offshore-protection.com, spruik it as having “one of the most restrictive confidentiality laws globally”.
SVG has issued public warnings that currency trading businesses registered in its jurisdiction are not regulated by the government, but its response to tackling the problem has so far been limited.
SVG has flagged changes to comply with European Union requirements for good governance, after it was threatened with blacklisting as an uncooperative tax jurisdiction.
But those reforms have focused so far on local taxation and not on “economic substance” reforms, which could require companies to have a physical presence in the country and local staff.
The ABC approached the country’s Financial Services Authority for information relating to businesses incorporated at the Griffith Corporate Centre, but it was not provided.
The Estonian connection
HybridReserve’s international connections are not limited to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The terms and conditions say the website is owned by a company called Singlebell OU, which is incorporated in the eastern European Baltic state of Estonia, and that this firm is fully liable for claims, losses, costs or damages.
Estonia also allows people to incorporate companies from offshore, and this is often done with the assistance of law firms that can register multiple entities at any single address.
But Estonia is more open than St Vincent and the Grenadines, as it does make company records available.
Company documents from Estonia show Singlebell OU is registered to an address in the capital, Tallinn.
ASIC lists another 10 firms all appearing to offer brokerage services linked to this address on their companies you should not deal with — unlicensed companies list.
The address where Singlebell OU is incorporated is an unassuming office building in Tallinn. (Source: Google Street View)
Company records from Estonia show Singlebell OU was registered in March 2018, but the members of the management board changed the following month.
The management’s location shifted south to the Mediterranean.
The new solo management board member, Serge Michou Tchio Daloko, listed an address on the business registration in the Cyprus capital of Nicosia.
But Mr Daloko’s tenure on the board of Singlebell, and its status as a Cyprus-listed company, lasted little more than a year.
In July this year, Singlebell’s management board changed again, shifting across the Atlantic Ocean to Central America.
The new structure saw Mr Daloko replaced on the business registration by a man named Daniel Lopez Romero, who listed his address as a small two-storey building in a quiet residential street in Mexico City.
Exploiting the global network
ASIC executive director for assessment and intelligence Warren Day has spent years chasing criminals who seek to defraud Australians.
Mr Day said criminals registered official companies and bank accounts to look legitimate and move money across the globe to avoid detection.
“What we know is the minute those funds hit those accounts they move on to another account in another country, and then probably another country again, so that the trail goes cold,” he said.
“So it’s very hard for regulators and money tracking authorities such as AUSTRAC to identify where they’ve gone.”
He said these scams had become an “intractable problem” because of the mobility of the perpetrators and the way money could be quickly moved.
“Effectively trying to arrest someone, and let alone get a successful prosecution, the chances of that are low to non-existent,” Mr Day admitted.
ASIC’s Warren Day says the prospects of arresting cyber criminals are almost non-existent. (ABC News: Chris Sonesson)
“That’s cold, that’s really cold news to a victim, and the best thing we can say is, ‘you’ve been scammed’. But the good news is, by you telling us, you’ve prevented other people from losing a lot of money as well.
“I fully acknowledge that’s really cold comfort to the person who may have lost tens to, in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“But the reality is, these people have disappeared, they were never here in Australia, they’re not even in the countries they say they operate in.”
Australia seen as an easy target
The former head of the Australian Crime Commission, David Lacey, has seen first-hand the impact of investment fraud after he started IDCare, a charity that supports victims of identity fraud.
He has seen calls about investment fraud to his service quadruple in the past 12 months.
“Often for a lot of people they are life-changing events,” Mr Lacey said.
“They’re going to have to make decisions like, do they sell their house, are they applying for welfare, are they going to work to a later age — that’s the human toll a lot of these things have.”
David Lacey was the former executive director of the Australian Crime Commission. (ABC News: Chris Gillette)
Mr Lacey said Australia tended to be “a bit slow off the mark” promoting awareness of scams that crossed jurisdictions and may already have been reported by overseas financial regulatory authorities.
But he said there also needed to be a focus on deterrence.
“What we haven’t seen is perhaps the deterrence and the intervention that we would like to see, to send a message — a very clear message — to criminals offshore that Australia is no longer an easy target,” he said.
“At the moment, we think there’s a bit of a gap.”
Trying to track the scammers
Australian authorities were notified about HybridReserve, but the information seemingly failed to filter back to Jane’s bank — the Commonwealth Bank — or even ASIC.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it received 25 reports about HybridReserve last year, and first notified ASIC on January 1 — but it only publicly listed HybridReserve as an entity you should not deal with on November 25.
This is despite details about HybridReserve being listed on the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) investor alerts portal on March 4, at least a month before Jane made her first major transfer.
Belgian financial authorities flagged it even earlier, in February.
Australia is seen as an easy target for cyber fraudsters. (Reuters: Kacper Pempel/Illustration)
Mr Day said ASIC was working with the ACCC to better streamline how they exchanged information.
He also said ASIC did not automatically list scams from IOSCO on its blacklist, but it was in the process of reviewing that policy.
“There are so many scams operating at any one time, we would flood our own blacklist,” Mr Day said.
“Our experience at ASIC has been that often the scams that are being perpetrated against a citizen in Belgium, or Spain, or Portugal, or the UK, don’t necessarily mean that they’re being perpetrated on people in Australia.
“That obviously now is changing, the behaviour is changing, and we are reviewing our practices in that space.”
No red flags were raised for Jane
HybridReserve instructed Jane to transfer her money into two Australian accounts set up in the names of shell companies.
Neither of these were registered with the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre’s (AUSTRAC) remittance register, which is required for firms whose business is transferring money overseas.
The woman said the fake stories looked so authentic she believed the scam was real. (ABC News: Anthony Pancia)
One transaction alone was more than $300,000, which Jane said should have raised red flags.
She even called the transfers “HybridReserve” on her Commonwealth Bank statement.
Jane was also told to send her money to a German account, registered to a firm based in Berlin.
German financial authorities flagged that firm two months after Jane made her first transfer, telling the company to desist from conducting money remittance and specifically naming HybridReserve.
The Commonwealth Bank said it were only notified by Jane some months after her last transfer that she had been the victim of a scam and wanted to try to recover the money.
“Unfortunately despite our efforts, we were unable to recall the funds concerned,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
The Australian Banking Association said in a statement banks worked closely with AUSTRAC to protect the Australian community from serious crime and terrorism.
“The financial intelligence and information provided by banks significantly contributes to Australia’s intelligence picture, helping AUSTRAC and our government partners in their work to detect and disrupt criminal activity — here and overseas,” the statement said.
Mr Lacey said while banks played a critical role, they should be the very last line of defence, and multinational companies which profited from selling ads and server space to criminals should also step up.
“For investment fraud to succeed for a criminal, there’s a lot of enabling activities that need to occur,” he said.
“We’re seeing a lot of very large multinational companies involved in … assisting in advertising investment fraud offerings, so they’re receiving money from criminals who are paying to advertise their investment frauds so that Australians can fall for these scams.
“If your organisation is enabling these things to occur … you need to be asking yourself the question whether or not your products and services are involved in that criminal enterprise.”
He said many clients had expressed an interest in a class action against such firms.
Jane’s money remains lost at sea
While she waits for justice, Jane’s money remains unaccounted for as it travels the world in the hands of the cyber pirates.
It has been more than three months since she contacted police, but they had not yet taken a formal statement.
She said she felt let down by the Australian law enforcement system and the banks.
“Three months later, they [have] failed to understand whose jurisdiction this whole case falls under,” she said.
“It’s just handballing and no action. In three months … they haven’t even taken a statement from me, or contacted any international authorities, or held anybody accountable.
“All financial institutions have to be responsible enough to keep their database up to date of all these scams, in order to protect their customers, their clients’ money.
“I think they let us down.”
*Name has been changed to protect the woman’s identity
- Reporting: Rebecca Trigger
- Video and graphics: Claire Borrello
- Digital production: Liam Phillips and Rebecca Trigger
- Editor: Liam Phillips
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