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HOUSEBREAKING and thefts are rising in Scotland as people hardest hit by the recession turn to crime, a nationwide survey has revealed.
NEARLY two million people have their identities stolen every year at a cost to the UK of £2.7 billion, a report indicated today.
AN African fraud gang has succeeded in conning a cash-strapped Scottish council out of £102,000.
The number of fraudulent applications received by financial services firms soared by a third during the first half of the year, research indicated today.
A NEW team of fraud investigators is being trained to tackle the emerging threat of mortgage scams, identity theft and online crime.
FRAUD cases in Scotland have halved in the past year, according to figures released today.
AN OLD Bailey judge has agreed to grant bail to fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir, paving the way for one of the most high-profile fraud trials in years.
WEALTHY crooks are fighting efforts to seize their ill-gotten gains "every step of the way".
MORE than 15,000 people were the victims of fraud during the first half of the year, according to figures released by the national fraud reporting centre.
THREE conmen tried to sell the Ritz Hotel for £250 million in an ambitious scam that was simply "too good to be true", a court heard yesterday.
THE US justice department has dropped a probe into senior executives from insurance group AIG over deals that pushed the business to the brink of bankruptcy.
SAMSUNG, Toshiba and Hitachi were among the nine computer chip makers fined 331 million (£284m) by the European Union yesterday for price fixing.
MILLIONS of Britons are being targeted by organised criminal gangs using the latest mass marketing techniques to defraud them of an estimated £3.5 billion a year.
A NURSE defrauded two overseas trainees out of £4,400 by pretending to enrol them on a Scottish university course, a hearing heard yesterday.
THE fraudster who tried to sell the Ritz for £250 million in a "outrageous and elaborate scam" despite the fact that he never owned it was jailed for five years.
INVESTMENT banking giant Goldman Sachs was last night facing up to fresh evidence that it tried to profit from America's subprime mortgages crash.
SEVEN men charged with running an insider trading ring with information gleaned from the London printers of Swiss bank UBS and UK brokerage Cazenove appeared in court in London yesterday.
EDINBURGH is Scotland's identity fraud hotspot, with those in the capital most likely to fall victim to scams that use their identities to steal money or obtain other benefits.