Tag: Australian Federal Police

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

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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.

Australian- Indian money laundering network smashed


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 26 September: Australia and India have disrupted ‘a sophisticated transnational money laundering network’ operating between the two countries on 25 September. It resulted in 13 search warrants being conducted across Australia, with a further nine search warrants conducted by the Indian Enforcement Directorate (IED) in India.

“The joint investigation involved members from the Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) Operation Zanella, Australian Crime Commission (ACC), South Australian Police (SAPOL) and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), in addition to the work undertaken by the IED”, says a Australian Federal Police media release.

A 39-year-old man from Ingle Farm, South Australia, was arrested and charged with dealing in proceeds of crime and a 41-year-old man from Tapping, Western Australia was arrested and charged for dealing in property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

“It will be alleged the joint investigation has identified an extensive international Alternative Remittance Services (ARS) network involved in laundering millions of dollars out of Australia on behalf of serious and organised crime. The ARS network is alleged to have used Australian bank accounts, corporate structures and complicit remitting agents to facilitate their illegal laundering activities” the media release says.

The Director of IED commended the active close cooperation of the Australian authorities in dismantling an important international money laundering structure.

“In ongoing bilateral cooperation between the Enforcement Directorate and the Australian Federal Police, a major crackdown was successfully made in Amritsar and Delhi on a suspected hawala and money laundering syndicate linked with narcotic drugs proceeds of crime,” he said.

The investigation is ongoing and police have not ruled out further search warrants and arrests.

- SAT News Service