Joint Investigation Leads to Fraud Arrest – 1 March 2017

Following a joint investigation between SA Police and Return to Work SA a woman was arrested for fraud offences this morning.

Read the full article (originally posted on the South Australian Police Service Website), here.

 

Hidden Dangers of Background Checks

In her 2009 Article for News Corp Australia, Emily Brayshaw writes about what she claims is a growing trend where employers are using social networking sites such as Facebook to ‘spy’ on their staff, under the guise of protecting the company.

She says that putting aside the legal and ethical implications of such behaviour, using social networks to do background checks on staff will likely result in a warped view because people who use these sites only reveal highly edited versions of their social lives and not much re their professional lives.

Emily goes on to correctly point out that detailed and meaningful background checks re employee integrity should aim to cover a prospective employee’s:

• Qualifications – tertiary, skills certification
• Credit history
• References – past employers, rather than ‘friendly’ contacts

She also correctly adds that an Employer will need to get consent from the employee to conduct any such checks, but these, and ongoing checks, could be made a condition of employment.

In closing Emily provides some handy tips and links to assist with the background check process:

Online resources for conducting employee integrity checks

• Background checks. This site provides information and resources to assist you with conducting background checks within Australia and includes verifying a person’s right to work, criminal history checks, newspaper and media checks and bankruptcy checks. http://www.backgroundchecks.com.au

• NSW Police – Application must be lodged by the prospective employee at police station close to where he/she lives. However, they can nominate for the employer to receive the results of the check. Cost of this check is $52. Time for check 10 business days. The site http://www.backgroundchecks.com.au has information on how to conduct these in your State and in NSW.

• Qualseach – http://www.qualsearch.com.au/print.htm

You will need to contact Qualsearch to be able to participate in the scheme. Cost of this check is $55 plus GST. This fee applies to all qualifications across all universities that the candidate may have done, not just the highest degree. At present, Notre Dame is the only university that has not signed up, but it is looking to become part of the service.

• ASIC register of banned/disqualified persons – http://www.search.asic.gov.au/ban.html

The check is free of charge, can be easily conducted and results are instant.

 

 

Fraud and Cyber Crime UK’s Most Common Offences

In their Article in The Telegraph, posted on 19 January 2017, Martin Evans and Patrick Scott write that according to latest figures from the annual Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW), one in 10 UK residents are falling victim to On-Line Fraud.  This they claim, comprises almost one half of all crimes in the country.

That said, Evans and Scott point out that just a fraction of offences are reported to the police because victims either feel embarrassed or believe little can be done to catch those responsible.  Adding to the problem, many of those who suffer losses are elderly or vulnerable people who fall victim to so-called phishing scams in which they are persuaded to hand over passwords and bank account details.

Victims of online fraud are often targeted by criminals based overseas who use a variety of sophisticated techniques to gain access to their bank accounts or credit card details before plundering their savings.

Evans and Scott also mention that Chief Constable Jeff Farrar, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (UK), acknowledged that under reporting was a problem.

He said: “These latest figures show that there were 1.9 million cases of fraud on UK-issued cards, which is an increase of 39 per cent on the previous year. The vast majority of these are not reported to the police, who have only seen a 3 per cent increase in fraud offences.”

He added:  “The ability to commit crime online demonstrates the need for policing to adapt and transform to tackle these cyber challenges.”