Scotland Organised Crime Report

Scotland Police

Scotland Police identify 650 firms, big and small, as fronts for organised crime

BUSINESSES ranging from local pubs to multi-million pound empires have been identified among 650 Scottish firms which are fronts for organised crime.

The revelation about how deep the criminality is entangled in the economy has been laid bare by Police Scotland and other law enforcement agencies.

It is the first clear indication of how far gangsters have infiltrated businesses since the new force was launched in April 2013.

Detectives have listed 150 serious and organised crime groups linked to “seemingly-legitimate businesses” although the final list pooled from 15 partner agencies, including tax investigators the HMRC is not final.

Police announced the new figures, but no name of any individual firm, as they, the Scottish Government and other agencies unveiled a “refreshed” strategy for tackling organised crime, especially relatively recent developments such as people trafficking or cyber fraud.

They did so amid millions of pounds worth of seized drugs and a stash of confiscated weapons, including an Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle and a World War Two-era Sten gun.

But the refreshed strategy makes it more than clear that law enforcement is no longer just pursuing the drugs, guns and cash of gangsters. The new document focuses on the wider threat of a corrupted and criminalised business sector.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Cuddihy said: “The refresh of the strategy is about targeting the “enablers”, the finance or transport specialists, because without them, organised crime can’t function.

“We need to turn the enablers in to inhibitors.”

Police have long sought to use what they call “legally audacious” tactics to disrupt crime fronts in the commercial world, such as taxi and bus firms, nightclubs and tanning salons.

But senior officers stressed their intelligence database no longer simply included such traditional money-laundering vehicles.

The Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh, the purpose-built hub now the envy of much of Europe, brings together 16 organisations. These have all contributed information of criminal front firms.
Mr Cuddihy: “Every day is a school day. All of the experts we have within the the crime campus means we no longer see the word ‘secret’ as an inhibitor.”

The detective stressed that firms on the list could easily turn over millions and employ scores of workers as major industries – such as landfill and rubbish disposal – come under attack from gangsters.

He said: “One of the richest areas is waste management. Here are £50-60m contracts up for offer. So businesses involved with organised crime will go from small firms or a multi-national.”

But Mr Cuddihy stressed that size – some of these firms will have employees who have no idea about the criminal ownership or control – did not make gang fronts untouchable.

Holding a tiny keyring gun – hand-made in Scotland with two 22 rimfire rounds, he pointed at a Kalashnikov. “This is just as lethal as an AK-47.

“Equally a big firm does with 100 people doesn’t have to be stronger than a company with just one person.”

Assistant Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson said: “Organised crime groups are diversifying, they are looking for whatever opportunity they can get to get involved in a business they can make money from.

“The are every kind of business we you can think of. So from from waste management right through to cyber.”

Mr Nicolson stressed that the 650 represent “those firms we know about”. He added: “We have got them documented and detailed and we have work ongoing to better understand what the involvement is.

“When we get to a point when we understand that better, we will take action.”

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson formally unveiled the new strategy yesterday.

He stressed that exact numbers of companies criminalised would fluctuate. He said: “This is extremely important economically. Some of these groups are cash-rich and sophisticated organisations and we need to make sure they don’t infiltrate businesses and use them for their own illegal purposes.”

Mr Matheson highlighted the importance of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, which, among other things, offers advice to firms on how to protect themselves from gangsters.

The most recent intelligence map of organised crime in Scotland identified 232 gangs with 3700 individuals. Some 70 per cent of the gangs were based in the west, 18 per cent in the east and 10 per cent in the north.

Despite diversifying in to new areas, about two-thirds of Scottish crime gangs are still in the drugs business. As widely reported in recent years, indigenous groups are now competing with Chinese gangs to grow cannabis in country and to import benzocaine as a cutting agent – or even cheap substitute – for cocaine.

The launch of the new strategy was on Thursday at the Crime Campus. It came after Mr Matheson had watched an operation to raid on six properties in Fife. Five people were arrested and £1.5m worth of drugs and £85,000 of cash were seized.

New Hate Crime Statistics From FBI

Hate Crime Statistics
Hate Crime Statistics
Hate Crime Statistics

FBI Releases 2014 Hate Crime Statistics

Today, the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2014, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. Submitted by 15,494 law enforcement agencies, the data provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes; however, the UCR Program does not estimate offenses for the jurisdictions of agencies that do not submit reports. Highlights of Hate Crime Statistics, 2014 follow.

  • Law enforcement agencies submitted incident reports involving 5,479 criminal incidents and 6,418 offenses as being motivated by bias toward race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity in 2014. The numbers are down from 2013 when 5,928 criminal incidents were reported involving 6,933 offenses.
  • There were 5,462 single-bias incidents involving 6,681 victims. A percent distribution of victims by bias type showed that 48.3 percent of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ racial bias, 18.7 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ sexual-orientation bias, 17.1 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ religious bias, and 12.3 percent were victimized due to ethnicity bias. Victims targeted because of the offenders’ bias against gender identity accounted for 1.6 percent of victims of single-bias incidents; disabilities, 1.4 percent; and gender, 0.6 percent.
  • There were 17 multiple-bias hate crime incidents involving 46 victims.
  • Of the 4,048 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against persons in 2014, intimidation accounted for 43.1 percent, simple assault accounted for 37.4 percent, and aggravated assault for 19.0 percent. Four murders and nine rapes (all nine from agencies that collected data using the revised rape definition) were reported as hate crimes.
    • Beginning with the 2013 data collection, the UCR Program’s revised definition of rape is “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” [This includes the offenses of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object as converted from data submitted via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).]
    • The UCR Program’s legacy definition of rape is “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.”
  • There were 2,317 hate crime offenses classified as crimes against property. The majority of these (73.1 percent) were acts of destruction/damage/vandalism. Robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, arson, and other offenses accounted for the remaining 26.9 percent of crimes against property.
  • In the UCR Program, the term known offender does not imply that the suspect’s identity is known; rather, the term indicates that some aspect of the suspect was identified, thus distinguishing the suspect from an unknown offender. Law enforcement agencies specify the number of offenders and, when possible, the race of the offender or offenders as a group. Beginning in 2013, law enforcement officers could also report whether suspects were juveniles or adults, as well as the suspect’s ethnicity when possible.
    • Of the 5,192 known offenders, 52.0 percent were white, and 23.2 percent were black or African-American. The race was unknown for 16.0 percent. Other races accounted for the remaining known offenders: 1.1 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native; 0.8 percent were Asian; less than 0.1 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 6.9 percent were of a group of multiple races.
    • Of the 1,875 offenders for whom ages were known, 81.0 percent were 18 years of age or older.
    • Of the 975 offenders for whom ethnicity was reported, 47.6 percent were Not Hispanic or Latino, 6.5 percent were Hispanic or Latino, and 1.7 percent were in a group of multiple ethnicities. Ethnicity was unknown for 44.2 percent of these offenders.

• Most hate crime incidents (31.6 percent) occurred in or near residences/homes. Nearly 18 percent (17.8) occurred on highways/roads/alleys/streets/sidewalks; 8.6 percent occurred at schools/colleges; 6.3 percent happened at parking/drop lots/garages; and 3.6 percent took place in churches/synagogues/temples/mosques. The location was considered other/unknown for 11.9 percent of hate crime incidents. The remainder of hate crime incidents took place at other specified or multiple locations.

Report Contains Info on Offenses, Victims, and Offenders

According to the FBI’s latest report, law enforcement agencies reported 5,479 hate crime incidents involving 6,418 offenses to our Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2014. And these crimes—which often have a devastating impact on the communities where they occur—left 6,727 victims in their wake.

The latest figures are down from 2013, when 5,928 criminal incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported.

Hate Crime Statistics, 2014 provides information about the offenses, victims, and offenders. Among some of the highlights:

  • Of the 5,462 single-bias incidents reported in 2014, 47 percent were racially motivated. Other motivators included sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, and gender. (See above chart.)
  • Of the 6,418 reported hate crime offenses, 63.1 percent were crimes against persons and 36.1 percent were crimes against property. The remaining offenses were crimes against society, like illegal drug activity or prostitution.
  • The majority of the 4,048 reported crimes against persons involved intimidation (43.1 percent) and simple assault (37.4 percent).
  • Most of the 2,317 hate crimes against property were acts of destruction, damage, and vandalism (73.1 percent).
  • Individuals were overwhelmingly the most common victim of a single-bias hate crime, accounting for 82.4 percent of the reported 6,418 offenses. The remaining victim types were businesses, financial institutions, religious organizations, government, and society or the public.
  • Also during 2014, law enforcement agencies reported 5,192 known offenders in 5,479 bias-motivated incidents. (In the UCR Program, “known offender” does not imply that the suspect’s identity is known, only that some aspect of the suspect was identified by a victim or witness—such as race, ethnicity, or age.)

And while 15,494 law enforcement agencies contributed to UCR’s Hate Crime Statistics report in 2014, only 1,666 agencies reported hate crimes within their jurisdiction (the remaining agencies reported zero hate crimes).

To enhance the accuracy of hate crime reporting, representatives from the UCR Program participated in five hate crime training sessions provided jointly by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI. Since April 2015, DOJ and the FBI provided the training sessions to law enforcement agencies and community groups in several different areas of the county. UCR personnel also worked with states to ensure proper data submission and met with police agencies to provide training and discuss crime reporting issues.

In addition to releasing annual Hate Crime Statistics reports, which give the nation a clearer picture of the overall crime problem, the FBI also investigates incidents of hate crimes—as a matter of fact, it’s the number one priority within our civil rights program. We investigate hate crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction, assist state and local authorities during their own investigations, and in some cases—with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division—monitor developing situations to determine if federal action is appropriate.

The 2016 release of the Hate Crimes Statistics report, which will contain 2015 data, will feature even more information—expanded bias types in the religion category and the added bias type of anti-Arab under the race/ethnicity/ancestry category. The collection of both types of data began in January 2015.

 

Original  Full Report: Hate Crime Statistics, 2014

Report Fraud In Europa ( OLAF )

European Anti-Fraud Office
European Anti-Fraud Office
European Anti-Fraud Office

Where you can report fraud in Europa? Here we provide guidance on where and how you can report the European Anti-Fraud Office website ( OLAF )

What constitutes fraud?

Fraud is a deliberate act of deception intended for personal gain or to cause a loss to another party.

An irregularity is an act which doesn’t comply with EU rules and which has a potentially negative impact on EU financial interests, but which may be the result of genuine errors committed both by beneficiaries claiming funds and by the authorities responsible for making payments. If an irregularity is committed deliberately, however, it’s fraud.

Please report if you suspect:

  • fraud or other serious irregularities with a potentially negative impact for EU public funds, whether EU revenue, expenditure or assets held by the EU institutions.
  • serious misconduct by Members or staff of EU Institutions and bodies.

OLAF cannot investigate allegations of:

  • fraud with no financial impact on the EU public funds. Please report such allegations to the national police.
  • corruption which doesn’t involve Members or staff of EU Institutions and bodies. Please report such allegations to the national police.
  • fraudulent use of the EU logo or the name of EU institutions.

Report

You can contact us anonymously. There are no formalities. Just give as precise and detailed information as possible. You can communicate with OLAF in any of the 24 official EU languages.

 Report Fraud for EU officials (Whistleblowers)

If you are a civil servant working for any of the EU institutions, you have an obligation to report possible cases of fraud, corruption, other illegal activity, or professional conduct which may constitute a serious failure to comply with the obligations of officials.
Whistleblowers respecting the staff regulation on this matter will be protected from adverse consequences. This covers the identity of the whistleblower, as well as the mobility and staff report of the person concerned. Naturally, in order for the Commission to be able to apply such protective measures, the person concerned will need to identify him/herself to the Institution.
You can either inform your hierarchy or OLAF about your suspicions. If you want to inform OLAF directly, please send us an OLAF-FMB-SPE@ec.europa.eu.

For more information about the rights and obligations of whistleblower within  the EU Institutions, please see  Article 22a and 22b of the Staff Regulations

Report online

Online form to report fraud
(in English, French, German, Dutch)
Information on anonymity (press release)

Report by email

OLAF-FMB-SPE@ec.europa.eu

Report by post

OLAF – European Anti-Fraud Office
European Commission
Rue Joseph II, 30
1049 Brussels
Belgium

Report Fraud In United States ( US )

Where you can report fraud in US (United States )? Here we provide guidance on where and how you can report the Federal Bureau of Investigation website (FBI)

 Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Bureau of Investigation

If you would like to report fraud, please contact the appropriate investigative agency as follows:

General fraud and other criminal matters:

Please contact the FBI at (202) 324-3000, or online at https://tips.fbi.gov.

Health Care Fraud and Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, and related matters:

Please contact the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-HHS-TIPS or at www.oig.hhs.gov.

Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft:

Please contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or 1-877-ID-THEFT, respectively.

Securities Fraud:

Please contact the Securities and Exchange Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330 or enforcement@sec.gov

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Mail Fraud, Lottery/Sweepstakes Fraud:

Please contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-800-372-8347

Internet Fraud and Lottery/Sweepstakes Fraud by Internet:

Please contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov.

Disaster-related Fraud:

Please contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (877) NCDF GCF (623-3423), fax (225) 334-4707 or  disaster@leo.gov

Correspondence may be sent to:

National Center for Disaster Fraud
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4909

State and local fraud matters:

Please contact your local Police Department or State Attorney General’s Office.

Report Fraud in Canada

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Where you can report fraud in Canada? Here we provide guidance on where and how you can report the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website (CAFC)

It’s not always easy to spot a scam, and new ones are invented every day.

If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don’t be embarrassed – you’re not alone. If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre:

Ways to report fraud

By Phone

Toll Free
1-888-495-8501

Hours of operation

Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Time

Online – CAFC Fraud Reporting System

Fraud can now be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) through a new, easy to use, Fraud Reporting System (FRS). You can log into the tool using either:

  • GC Key (User ID/Password)
  • Sign-In Partners (Banking Credentials)

A GCKey account or a Sign-In Partners login uses unique electronic credentials that allow you to communicate securely with the Government of Canada.

This new login is a federal government mandate and all Government of Canada on-line services are to be delivered through the GCKey or Sign-In Partners, providing increased levels of privacy and security for users. By offering a choice of credentials, the Government of Canada is making its online services more convenient and easier to use. Many individuals already use their online banking credentials regularly and being able to use these same credentials to access Government of Canada services online will simply mean one less User ID and password to remember.

Please note: The Fraud Reporting System has a timeout feature that will log you out if there is no activity within 20 consecutive minutes. Prior to the timing out, the application will pop-up a message asking you to reset your session. If you timed out, you will be logged out of the application. No data will be lost but you will not be able to log back into the application to complete your complaint. If you require additional information to be added to your complaint, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for further assistance.

What is GCKey?

GCKey is a service provided by the Government of Canada that allows you to securely conduct online business with various government programs and services, including reporting fraud to the CAFC. Registering for a GCKey account is simply and easy to do. If you already have a GCKey account, you can proceed directly to the CAFC’s Fraud Reporting System.

What is a Sign-In Partner?

Sign-In Partners are organizations that have partnered with SecureKey Technologies to enable their customers to use their online credentials, such as card numbers or user names and passwords, to access Government of Canada services. Currently there are five Sign-In Partners: BMO Financial Group, CHOICE REWARDS MasterCard , Tangerine, Scotiabank and TD Bank Group.

Banking information is not shared when you use a Sign-In Partner. The technology is designed in such a way that the Government of Canada will not know which Sign-In Partner (or financial institution) you have used. Similarly, the bank will not know which government department or agency its customer contacted.

More information about GCKey or Sign-In Partner.

An extract from a news article about Partner Sign-in:

The bank card number doesn’t give access to your bank account, it is just validates your identity quickly, he says.
We take your name and address so we know you are who you say you are, he adds. There is no access to your actual information.

Report Fraud: List of Where To Report By Country

Report Fraud List by Country

If you have been defrauded, the first thing is to report the theft, but many of us do not know where, and especially how it relates. Here we will give a list of where to report a scam or theft arranged countries:

List of Companies or Departments to Report Fraud

Report Fraud List by Country
Report Fraud

US: The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI )

Tel: 855-TEL-FBI  or  855-835-5324
More info about US Report Fraud can be Read Here…

CANADA: Canadian Anti-fraud Centre (CAFC)

Tel: 1-888-495-8501
More info about Canadian Report Fraud can be Read Here… 

EUROPA: European Anti-Fraud Office ( OLAF )

 European Commission switchboard+32-2-299.11.11
General Directorate+32-2-298.82.51
EN/FR
+32-2-299.62.96
 Spokesperson+32-2-295.73.36
Directorate A – Investigation I
EU Staff, New financial instruments, Centralised expenditure, External aid
+32-2-298.47.64
Directorate B – Investigation II
Trade customs fraud, Tobacco & Counterfeit goods, Agricultural & Structural funds
+32-2-295.14.85
Directorate C – Investigation support
Workflow management, Training & Communication, Operational analysis & Forensics, Legal advice
+32-2-295.09.50
Directorate D – Policy
Policy development, Fraud prevention, Inter-institutional & External relations, Strategic analysis, Reporting, Joint operations, Hercule
+32-2-295.86.18
           More Info About European Report Fraud can be Read Here… 

UK:  Report Crime In England, Wales and Northern Ireland

        Most use site for report scam or theft in UK:
        Report Fraud: from Police.uk
                              from Report-it.org.uk
        Tel: 999
        Other useful phone numbers:
OrganisationTelephone number
Crimestoppers0800 555 111
Anti-terrorist Hotline0800 789 321
British Transport Police0800 40 50 40
Victim Supportline08 08 16 89 111
Action Fraud0300 123 2040
NSPCC Helpline0808 800 5000