To record or not to record?

To record or not to record?

A frequent question posed to Duxton Hill, is “Can I record a private conversation or telephone call?”  Most people who record their conversations or calls do so to protect themselves.  These recordings may be used as evidence in civil court cases and criminal...

Dishonesty Is Not in The Eye of The Concealer

Dishonesty Is Not in The Eye of The Concealer

Case Note: Director of Public Prosecutions v Morley [2020] VSCA 313 In regards to Section 191 of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) In criminal proceedings where an accused is charged with fraudulently inducing persons to invest money by concealing material facts, the...

Tracing – The Fraudster’s Enemy

Tracing – The Fraudster’s Enemy

Any good fraudster knows they must ensure the proceeds of their deception are not easily identified. An ill-informed investigator typically gives-up after asset searches on the wrongdoer produces a negative result. A good fraud investigator, however, will know the...

Stage 4 COVID-19 Restrictions – Victoria

Stage 4 COVID-19 Restrictions – Victoria

On Monday 7 August 2020, the Victorian Premier announced Stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne. Those restrictions have forced many businesses to close. But not Duxton Hill. For us, it’s business (almost) as usual. Our Melbourne based fraud lawyers and fraud...

Identity Fraudsters Target COVID-19 Payments

Identity Fraudsters Target COVID-19 Payments

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), its Scamwatch website has received over 24,000 reports of identity fraud through stolen personal information this year alone, an increase of 55 per cent compared with the same time last year....

Andrew Tragardh features in Acuity Magazine

Andrew Tragardh features in Acuity Magazine

Covid-19 Spike in Cyber Threats Cyber scams are not new. Many businesses have been putting in strong security measures to keep their company safe for years. Those who don’t have strong internal controls and competent accounting policies are most at risk of cyber...

Romance Scams

Romance Scams

Recently we have seen several matters coming to Duxton Hill that involve romance scams. In the past year, romance scammers have cost Australians in excess of $28.6 million and account for one fifth of all scams reported to Scamwatch. These scams are particularly...

Duxton Hill in ​Lawyers Weekly

Duxton Hill in ​Lawyers Weekly

Earlier this week Lawyers Weekly published an article about Duxton Hill and how our specialist legal and investigation services will benefit organisations adversely affected by fraud, misconduct, or commercial crime during the COVID19 pandemic. As more firms are...

Effects of COVID-19 on Fraud and Corruption

Effects of COVID-19 on Fraud and Corruption

COVID-19 has caused a significant disturbance in the working environment. With many organisations now working remotely, the risk of fraud and corruption has significantly increased. It is well established that Corporate fraud or employee fraud occur when opportunity,...

Increased Fraud & Corruption Risks During COVID-19 Outbreak

Increased Fraud & Corruption Risks During COVID-19 Outbreak

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, disruptions to the economy may trigger an increase in fraud and corruption risks for your organisation. The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (hereafter, the Commission) believes that increased levels of control and...

Fraud in a Cashless Economy

Fraud in a Cashless Economy

These days the rise of modern technology has led to an increase in complicated fraud cases such as those involving financial fraud, cryptocurrency fraud and online fraud. Fraud crimes reported to police have become increasingly complex and some crimes have sought to...