A Brisbane man used two aliases to arrange an elaborate online job scam through various companies to steal the identities of 52 taxpayers. He lodged 62 fraudulent income tax returns and attempted to obtain over $565,000 in refunds. After conducting fake interviews over the phone the fraudster would email applicants to confirm they had been successful in their application for the job. He would also request a scanned copy of their driver’s license, bank account details, tax file number and shirt size. He used this information to fraudulently create myGov accounts. If they already had an account he used the information to take over their account and change the details as required. He would then link the myGov accounts to Australian Taxation Office’s online services where he would lodge false income tax returns in their names. The man was charged with 106 offences and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
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A Bangladeshi national created documents using the then Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship seal in an effort to extract fees for visa applications, which were never lodged. He defrauded 23 Singapore-based Bangladeshi construction workers. He was also found to have falsely represented himself as an immigration official to seven people in July 2011 during which he told the ‘applicants’ their visa applications had been delayed but would be progressed. Following payment of the initial fee of $1,510, the applicants were asked to pay further fees for medical examinations.
Three Queensland women allegedly submitted several fraudulent applications to attempt to access early release of superannuation totalling $113,500. Police allege that the women, who are allegedly linked to a sophisticated crime gang, collected identity data in order to access the superannuation accounts of unsuspecting victims. The women were arrested following investigations by the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce.
A woman has been charged for allegedly helping a friend “hack” into the online account of a 56-year-old man and transferring $239,000 worth of cryptocurrency into her own account. In a first of its kind case in Australia, the woman pleaded guilty to dishonestly causing a financial disadvantage by deception and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime. The woman was convicted and jailed for a maximum of 2 years and 3 months.