Royal Gibraltar Police Guide to Basic Cyber Safety

Businesses and the general public are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals using a variety of methods. Although this type of criminal actiity has been around for several years, the methods employed by criminals evolve constantly, with scams becoming increasingly sophistiated as we ourselves become wiser as to what is and isn’t legitiate. Gibraltar is not immune from the threat of cyber-crime, and in recent months, there has been an increase in the number & type of cyber-based and traditional scams targeting our community generally.

We believe that preventing through education is key, and so we’re delighted to bring you this information guide which we hope will assist in preventing you from becoming a victim of crime. This booklet looks at some of the main risks to our online activity, and describes most of the scams that have been targetting/contiue to target our community. We hope this information will increase your awareness, improve your understanding of how some scams work, and provide you with some basic tools that you can use to protect yourself/others online.


Fraudsters are targeting online advertising platforms where items are acquired for free

Fraudsters are targeting online advertising platforms where items are acquired for free. The fraudsters will list items on the website and advise any purchasers that they have recently moved from the area they were originally living in and can arrange a courier to dispatch the items for a fee.
The payment requested for this service is usually via Money Transfer such as MoneyGram or Western Union, or an e-money voucher. The items they were promised are not received and any attempts to contact the individual to gain a refund are unsuccessful.


IT Auditor As A Business Protector

Following GACO’s successful Cybercrime seminar Tuesday 6th October 2015, Dr John Mitchell has kindly made his presentation available to members to download. Dr John Mitchell is an international authority on corporate governance, risk management, the impact of regulatory and compliance issues on the delivery of corporate services and cyber crime.

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The Wolfsberg Group: Financial Crime Risk Assessments

Financial Crime Risk Assessments are one element of the Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) toolkit and serve to highlight key risk areas, how well those risks are managed and support a risk-based allocation of resource to the highest risk areas, as well as the establishment of action plans for managing identified risks.

The Wolfsberg Group of International Financial Institutions has prepared FAQs on the key aspects of financial crime risk assessments. The Group hopes that these FAQs will contribute to the promotion of effective risk management while supporting the prevention of the abuse of the financial system for criminal purposes.

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Why Is Cash Still King? A Strategic Report On The Use Of Cash By Criminal Groups As A Facilitator For Money Laundering

Almost all criminal activities yield profits, often cash, that criminals seek to launder through different means. These are carried out by transnational Organised Crime Groups regardless of their ethnic origin or geographical location, therefore defying categorisation. Money laundering activities are so diffuse for a relatively simple reason: Organised Crime is a commercial activity working for financial benefit.

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Cybercrime | Article by Chas Foster

Cybercrime - un crime sans frontières

Have you heard these terms:

  • TOR-The onion router- an anonymous dark web access browser
  • Silk Road 2-web site to enable purchase of drugs, guns, women
  • The Slur market-allows anonymous trading of confidential information
  • The Dark (or Deep) Web-first developed by US military to keep messages encrypted and hence secret

If not, good, you are unlikely to be a hacker.

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GACO & GFIA Global Tax Enforcement Conference

With an attendance of around 150 delegates the GACO & GFIA Global Tax Enforcement Conference organised in cooperation with DQ, Latham & Watkins LLP and Pinsent Mason was a huge success locally. It was a landmark day-long conference with high profile international and local professionals.

During the whole day, a professional Panel including international tax specialists from the US, UK, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the attache representative of the IRS Criminal Investigation assigned to the US Embassy in London, practical topics of US & UK FATCA as well as the future CRS were debated at round tables in a passionate way involving the public from the first to the last minute.

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GACO Letter to Minister for Financial Services and Gaming Regarding FATCA

Dear Albert,

RE: FATCA REPORTING We understand that the Government of Gibraltar, unlike other Overseas Territories, has thus far not issued any Guidance Notes to the industry in respect of FATCA and/or UK FATCA reporting.

As key dates in relation to FATCA are fast approaching, ( there are still questions raised in the industry and amongst our members to which we haven't received answers.

We are therefore approaching you requesting further clarity and guidance on this subject matter.

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