Category Archives: Online Fraud Detection

Forensics Worker Stole Cameras

As reported on the Evening Standard website, a forensics specialist working for the Metropolitan Police has admitted stealing cameras from work to sell on eBay.

A search of Greg Brinklow’s home found three cameras, and subsequent investigation of his online trading account led to sales of three more being uncovered.

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Microscope Needed to Spot Counterfeits

According to Mail Online, a Chinese-run website is selling counterfeit designer goods so close to the real thing that only a microscope could reveal they were fakes.

High-quality copies of clothes, bags and shoes from luxury labels including Chanel and Hermes are being sold for less than one per cent of the genuine products’ retail prices.

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Trader Sold Fake Apple Products

According to the Cheshire Standard website, an online trader avoided jail despite admitting to selling thousands of fake Apple products.

Andrew Peter Twigg set up a company to sell spare parts and accessories for Apple iPhones and iPads via an eBay store and his own company website.

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Sailor Stole SBS Watches

The Portsmouth News website reports that a Royal Navy sailor has been jailed for stealing specialist diver watches and selling them on eBay.

Joshua Cheetham stole a number of the high spec timepieces, which operate at underwater depths of 300 metres, whilst working as a storeman on warship HMS Kent.

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Paramedic Stole Defibrillators

The BBC News website reports that a paramedic stole thousands of pounds worth of defibrillators from an ambulance service and sold them on eBay.

Scott Sutherland – jailed for three years – stole the equipment while working at North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) in 2017 and 2018 and returned to steal more in 2020.

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Trucker’s Ebay Strap Scam

According to the Ipswich Star website, a lorry driver sold £3,000-worth of stolen ratchet straps – which are used to secure loads on heavy goods vehicles – on eBay.

Slawomir Lobocki – who has been given a suspended jail term – was caught out after a transport company noticed its straps were being sold online and arranged for a test purchase to be made from him.

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