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Indian impersonating as AFP officer hoodwinks international student taking away $38,000 cash

AFP scam

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 14 September: Investigators have been told a 27-year-old woman, an international student, was contacted by an ‘Indian appearance’ man claiming to be from Australian Federal Police on 16 August and hoodwinked into handing over $ 38,000 cash. Police are investigating the case.

Detective Senior Constable Damian Faggian, Stonnington Crime Investigation Unit, Victoria Police says, “It just goes to show you how convincing these people are. The victim, in this case, is a well-travelled and intelligent woman but they were still able to convince her to hand over her life savings.

“We certainly hope to make some arrests in this investigation but if we can’t

it is important to get this information out so no one else is taken in by this scam.”

Victoria Police media release says the impersonating man claimed she had a number of credit card debts that if not paid would affect her visa status and any future plans involving overseas travel.

While the victim was on the line, the call was transferred a number of times until a female voice answered and gave the victim instructions on what to do.

The woman was told to withdraw $20,000 from her bank and take the money to the Princes Gardens on Chapel Street in Prahran where she would be meet by an AFP officer.

At the park, the woman handed over the $20,000 in cash to a man but was told she still owed another $20,000.

The victim explained that she only had $18,300 left in her account following which the man told her that she only had to pay $18,000 and she could keep the $300.The victim went back to the bank and withdrew the balance of her account. She then went back to the park and handed over the money to the same man she had met up with earlier.

The woman contacted the police after questioning the legitimacy of the transaction of cash.

Victoria Police say, “The man that took the money is perceived to be of Indian appearance, approximately 178cm tall with dark coloured hair, a beard, big eyes and a thin build.”

Investigators have released an image and CCTV footage of a man they believe will be able to assist with their enquiries.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling said AFP employees will never ask for money transfers, Bitcoins or online vouchers such as iTunes and GooglePlay.

“Scammers take advantage of people’s trusting nature and fear of doing the wrong thing when in many cases it is their first time dealing with authorities,” Detective Superintendent Crossling said.

“Victims can feel an array of emotions – from helplessness and humiliation to anger and guilt – but it is important to know you are not to blame and help is available.

“We are urging anyone who falls victim and suffers a financial loss to report the incident to their financial institution and to local police in the first instance. In some circumstances, banks or authorities can help have funds returned.”

Anyone who recognises the man is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at – www.crimestoppers.com.au

Two charged following counter terrorism operation in Melbourne

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 18 March 2021: In a joint counter terrorism operation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Victoria Police and the AISO ( Australian Security Intelligence Organisation), and other agencies which form part of the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) have charged two men following an operation yesterday.

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Three males were arrested in Epping and Pascoe Vale this morning. Those arrested were 20, 19, and 16 years old respectively. An AFP media release says, “It will be alleged that a 19-year-old Epping man attempted to engage in a terrorist act. He was interviewed by police in relation to suspected terrorism offenses. A 20-year-old Epping man also remains in custody while a 16-year-old Pascoe Vale youth was released pending further inquiries.

A 19-year-old Epping man has been charged with an attempted terrorist act, intentionally cause injury, act in preparation of terrorist act, and membership of a prescribed terrorist organisation (ISIS). A 20-year-old Epping man has been charged with one count of attempted terrorist act.

Both are expected to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today. A 16-year-old Pascoe Vale boy has been released without charge.

The trio was arrested yesterday as part of a Victoria Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation. The operation is ongoing, however, at this time police do not anticipate further arrests. Furthermore, the arrests are not linked to any previous operational activity.

Victoria police have urged anyone with information about an extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you may think the information may be. Report any suspicious activity to Triple Zero (000), Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.

International travellers urged to declare excess of $10,000


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 12 September: International travelers into and out of Australia are being reminded of the need to declare any cash they are carrying in excess of AUD $10,000 or more, to help make travel at airports smoother.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF) are continuing to observe international travelers with undeclared currency – particularly at the Sydney International Airport, says an Australian Federal Police (AFP) media release.

Under Australian law travelers can carry an unlimited amount of cash into and out of Australia – however, amounts of $10,000 or more Australian dollars (or foreign currency equivalent) must be declared first by completing an online form.

Travellers can download the Cross-Border Movement – Physical Currency form from AUSTRAC’s website, or get a copy prior to their overseas departure at any international airport or seaport.

Completed forms can then be handed to an ABF officer, located at all international departure points, before leaving the country.

AFP acting Sydney Airport Police Commander Simone O’Mahony said once a form has been completed travelers can carry unlimited amounts of cash.

“These laws exist to stop money laundering by organized crime syndicates, or to prevent the offshore funding of terrorist groups – and we need your help to make these work. All it takes is to fill out the simple form online and you can save yourself and your family stress and a potential fine at the airport,” Detective Acting Superintendent O’Mahony said.

ABF Regional Commander NSW Tim Fitzgerald said undeclared currency can be the result of many factors such as a misunderstanding by travelers or mistrust in financial institutions.

“ABF officers assist travelers at international airports to do the right thing and declare sums over $10,000, however, if the cash is not declared our officers have various means of detecting cash using x-ray, detector dogs, and physical inspections,” Commander Fitzgerald said.

Acting AUSTRAC National Manager Intelligence, Lynne Walker, said declaring currency over the threshold amount is a legal obligation.

“Navigating through an airport can be an overwhelming experience. As part of your travel preparation, remember that if you’re carrying $10,000 or more it needs to be declared. Doing this ahead of time will save you the stress of filling out a form at the airport,” Ms. Walker said.

Further information for travelers can be found on AUSTRAC’s website.

‘Unlawful’ migration agency raided

Search warrants executed at an unlawful migration agency.

By News Desk

Melbourne, 13 December: Investigators today are poring over evidence gathered from a suspected unlawful Melbourne migration agency following a joint Immigration and Australian Federal Police (AFP) operation, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison said recently.

The business is suspected to have been making false promises of permanent residence as well as providing migration assistance while not registered to do so, says a media release.

‘The search warrants that were executed send a strong message to those who seek to defraud migration programs and deceive innocent people,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘My department takes allegations of migration fraud seriously and the department and the courts will act against those who attempt to engage in this behavior.’

Outcomes of visa and migration applications cannot be guaranteed. Migration agents in Australia are required by law to be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). It is an offence under the Migration Act for a person who is not a registered agent to provide migration assistance to another person.

‘The department works closely with other government agencies, both federal and state, to assist in the identification and prosecution of these offenders,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘Instances of alleged criminal activity relating to the immigration portfolio can result in criminal and/or administrative penalties, including imprisonment.’

Clients wishing to find out whether an individual is registered as a migration agent can do so by visiting the Office of the MARA’s website.

Australia apologizes to Dr. Haneef over false terror charge and detention in 2007

Dr. Haneef: Vindicated

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 23 December : Australia has made a formal apology to Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef for his wrongful detention in 2007 over failed terrorist attacks at airports in London and Glasgow.
The move follows the payment of undisclosed compensation to Haneef, who was detained and charged with giving support to a terrorist organisation after his mobile phone SIM card was wrongly linked to the attempted car-bombings, reports AFP.

It further says:

“The AFP (Australian Federal Police) acknowledges that it was mistaken and that Dr. Haneef was innocent of the offence of which he was suspected,” said a statement on the attorney-general’s website.
“The (government) apologises and hopes that the compensation to be paid to Dr. Haneef will mark the end of an unfortunate chapter and allow Dr. Haneef to move forward with his life and career.”
Dr. Md. Haneef, who was wrongly charged of terrorism charges by the Liberal Howard government in 2007 after the failed terrorist acts in Glasgow, is to get a substantial compensation for his wrongful arrest by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Dr. Haneef’s lawyer, Rod Hodgson told ABC Breakfast today that the Australian Government will also tender a public apology to Dr. Haneef apart from the compensation.
Dr. Haneef’s lawyer also said that the amount of the compensation ‘is under wraps’ and the doctor was ‘delighted with the outcome’. Estimates are that the compensation is around one million dollars. In 2007 the AFP spent around one and half million dollars in the case which led to the wrongful terrorism charges against Dr. Haneef.
The compensation deal is expected to remove the ‘stain’ on Australia for wrongfully charging and detaining an Indian doctor which was criticized by human rights campaigners and the Indian community in Australia.