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Court of Appeal dismisses Unexplained Wealth Order appeal by Zamira Hajiyeva

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Zamira Hajiyeva – the wife of jailed Azerbaijani banker Jahangir Hajiyev – to discharge the Unexplained Wealth Order made against her by the National Crime Agency (NCA). On Wednesday 5 February, the Court of Appeal upheld the earlier...
Posted On 07 Feb 2020
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Fraudsters targeted in Project OTELLO national law enforcement campaign

The National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) in collaboration with the City of London Police is spearheading a campaign targeting fraudsters responsible for duping members of the public and businesses out of billions of pounds. The campaign, named Project OTELLO, also involves...
Posted On 05 Feb 2020
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Site hosting stolen credentials taken down in wake of international operation

A website which provided access to more than 12 billion personal credentials to cyber criminals for as little as $2 per day has now been taken down following a detailed investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in collaboration with various international law...
Posted On 22 Jan 2020
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Westminster Magistrates Court grants NCA £1 million Account Freezing Order

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has obtained a £1.13 million Account Freezing Order as part of an investigation into a Leeds businessman with suspected links to serious organised criminals. Granted on Thursday 9 January at Westminster Magistrates Court, the Account Freezing Order...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020
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Fraudsters end 2019 with lighter pockets thanks to NCA’s asset denial teams

In December, the National Crime Agency (NCA) managed to claw back millions of dollars from a fraud involving no less than 700 victims. The agency’s illicit finances investigators also retrieved hundreds of thousands of pounds in two other cases where the money is believed to have...
Posted On 06 Jan 2020
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Hacker tried to blackmail Apple by threatening deletion of 319 million accounts

A cyber criminal who tried to blackmail Apple by claiming that he had access to a huge cache of iCloud and other Apple accounts has been sentenced following an investigation conducted by the National Crime Agency (NCA). Kerem Albayrak, 22, from North London, demanded Apple give...
Posted On 24 Dec 2019
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UK and US-based investigations target harmful international cyber campaigns

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has formally charged the leader of an organised cyber criminal group for their involvement in a malicious campaign affecting Government, infrastructure, business and the public globally. UK and US-based investigations by the National Crime...
Posted On 24 Dec 2019
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Tasking to improve fraud response issued by National Crime Agency

The National Crime Agency’s (NCA) director general Lynne Owens has issued a tasking to improve the response to fraud. The tasking, which is made under the Crime and Courts Act 2013, follows a discussion with chief constables and other partners at the National Strategic...
Posted On 23 Dec 2019
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Heathrow Airport security worker among three charged over £2 million cocaine smuggling attempt

An airport security worker is among three people charged in connection with an attempt to smuggle cocaine worth more than £2 million into the UK via Heathrow Airport. Airport employee Junaed Ghani Dar, 41, from Slough, was detained at Terminal 2 along with Michael Williams, 34,...
Posted On 16 Dec 2019
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Account Freezing Orders: The Guilt-Free Means to an End

The National Crime Agency (NCA) was no doubt happy to announce that it had reached an out-of-court settlement with billionaire property tycoon and philanthropist Malik Riaz Hussain that sees the latter handing over a £50 million house overlooking Hyde Park and £140 million...
Posted On 11 Dec 2019