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Commonwealth Bank ATM glitches
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One case in Australia on the 1st of March 2011 occurred when Commonwealth bank ATMS were giving customers with a few dollars in their accounts able to withdraw hundreds giving them ‘free money’ due to a computer glitch. But, like most free things, it was too good to be true. Two young men were charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and police warned that more charges will follow if those who took money don’t return it as they could face jail; a 10 year offence for technically committing fraud.

The micro-charging scam
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Fraud doesn’t have to be a large scale crime. This scam occurred when 20 cent charges were made on credit cards. Over 4 years they collected $10 million dollars worth of spare change. So far unidentified but what could be traced based on the bank accounts used was that the scammer or scammers where from various parts of Eastern Europe. This scam was undetectable as they stayed under the radar by never charging over $10 and not stealing from the same cardholder twice according to australiancreditcards.com. It is always easier to repeatedly steal $1 from 1 million people than stealing $1 million from one person. This case shows that credit card fraud is hard to trace, prosecute and sometimes detect.

Man charged with fraud offences at Brisbane Airport
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On August 24th 2006 a Sydney man was charged with 20 fraud related offences in Queensland after allegedly trying to dishonestly obtain a $6000 cash advance at Brisbane Airport according to afp.gov.au. The 47 year old man was charged with 11 counts of dishonestly obtaining a benefit under Section 408C of the Queensland Criminal Code Act 1899.

Hundreds of fake credit cards seized in Sydney
A 34 year old man was charged with importing equipment and blank credit cards capable of producing up to 600 fraudulent credit cards. The man was searched at the Sydney airport after his flight from London. During the search a cardboard box with about 600 blank credit cards, credit card templates and a magnetic strip car reader were located. The AFP (Australian Federal Police) charged the man with being in custody of false instruments, and possessing implements for making false instruments under section 302 and 302A of the NSW Crimes Act 1990 according to afp.gov.au.