Category Archives: Fraud

Blind faith

The term “professional enabler” has a menacing tone to it, I always think.  We started hearing it back in 2014, when the UK’s National Crime Agency, in its “High End Money Laundering Strategy and Action Plan”, observed this: “The ability … Continue reading

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Ring ring

Don’t you just hate cold calls?  It’s a rare day when the media does not report on some new fraud being hawked by cold callers, usually in a foreign country so you can’t block their calls without blocking all overseas … Continue reading

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Read all about it

As I prepare to launch my fifth historical crime novel on the world (you can read all about it here), I see that those dastardly money launderers have found a way to do their stuff via Amazon.  Well, why not … Continue reading

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Writing a wrong

Last week I wrote a blog post about French gangster Jacques Cassandri, who is currently on trial for laundering the proceeds of a bank robbery that he claimed,in a book he wrote, to have masterminded.  And this has started me … Continue reading

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Loving laundering

As you tuck into that heart-shaped box of chocolates and gaze at the dozens of red roses currently scenting your surroundings, spare a thought for the victims of romance fraudsters.  I have written about these poor people – poor in … Continue reading

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A family business

I think I have written before about crime – including money laundering – often being a family business.  There are many advantages: for instance, there is absolute loyalty (twice over: blood and business), and there is nothing suspicious about the … Continue reading

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Fare’s fair

With one of the main themes of Easter being forgiveness (the other is chocolate, of course), I have been mulling over the topic of financial redemption.  The week before last we had the story of the unnamed train fare cheat – … Continue reading

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Middle-aged men still in danger

Back in November 2012, the campaigning organisation Action Fraud garnered some excellent headlines for its research by revealing that the people most likely to fall for investment scams are over-confident men aged between 36 and 55.  Although there are still … Continue reading

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Can’t buy me love

You know how I like to mark all the major festivals (Administrative Professionals’ Day and International Mother Language Day are obvious highlights), so it would be remiss of me to let today pass without talking about lurve.  And specifically, of … Continue reading

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Under-promise and over-deliver

I have been (in effect) self-employed now for nearly twenty years.  Unemployable, my nearest and dearest tell me.  And those who are considering the self-employed life often ask me what skills they need and whether they are suited.  To my … Continue reading

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