Investigations at a glance

Online Investigations:

Keeping an eye on industry related news.

Crime

1.Police in both Victoria and Queensland have been given the authority to unleash a range of extreme laws to control the rise in bikie related violence.  This comes after earlier this week the Comancheros had two of their premises shot at, petrol bombs put in a gym owned by a Comanchero gym and AK47’s being used to fire at the Hell’s Angels clubhouse.  Fearing escalating tensions, the greater public are now calling for more action by Police including a nationally led co-ordination across state borders. New “anti-fortification” laws in Victoria will be introduced this weekend to stop outlaw motorcycle gangs from building fortresses typically known to be created by these groups to utilise as their headquarters.

2. NSW Police are struggling to identify human remains 18 months after being washed ashore on the Lady Robinsons beach near the mouth of the Cooks River.  The dismembered torso was located wrapped in two plastic garbage cans and had been weighted down with a chain.  Police believe the victim may have met with foul play through organised crime however with no matching reports of missing persons they have little to work with.  The victim is male and believed to be aged 22 to 57, possibly from a European background. The torso weighed 52 kilograms and measured 79 centimetres, indicating he was more than 183 centimetres tall.

A photograph of the wrapped torso at the scene can be located here however we warn this may be distressing to some readers.

Missing

man13. 61 year old Rodney Martini has been missing from his care facility in Queenscliff, Victoria, since around 6pm, 31 July 2013. He is in need of urgent medical treatment for his complex conditions. His sister is beside herself with worry. If you’ve seen Rodney please call local Police or 1800 333 000.

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4. 20 year old Dandenong woman Brooke Storace has been missing since 8 August when she was last seen at a medical facility.  On the 15 September she made contact with her family, however Police are now concerned for her welfare as she suffers from a medical condition.  Members of the Public in and around the Melbourne CBD have been asked in a particular to keep an eye out for her. Brooke was last seen wearing a hooded jumper and black tracksuit pants. 

man15. Tasmania police are investigating the disappearance of 29 year old Christopher Dean Watkins who went missing from the Mayfield area in the early hours of Tuesday 7th August 2013.   He is described as being 170cms tall, of medium build, bald head with blue eyes.  Anyone with information in relation to Christopher’s current whereabouts is asked to contact Launceston CIB on 03 6336 3918 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

6. Participants required for missing persons research: Researchers from the School of Health at the University of New England are seeking participants to help them explore what happens to the idea of hope when a loved one is missing. The research team believes that the study will provide insight into the way we understand this type of loss, how services can assist people left behind and what might be useful for people to know if someone disappears. The research team is seeking participants who are over the age of 18 years across Australia for involvement in an online focus group.  More information can be located here.

Online Investigations

alexroe7. Eagle eyed reality TV sleuths have gone online to expose the number of  “Big Brother” contestants portrayed by the 9 network to be everyday Australians but are in fact upcoming actors and talent.  The website “Behind Big Brother” has tracked down the acting portfolios of two of the most recent ‘intruders’ to enter the house, Justynn and Alex “Boog” Roe.    With so many of the contestants now revealed as actors, dancers, models and singers, the viewers and hopeful future contestants are now left wondering whether they should be applying via talent agencies for next years competition.

Scams

8. Bigpond users are the latest targets of an email phishing scam.  The email, claiming to be from Bigpond customer support, falsely states the users’ account has been “disabled temporarily” before asking them to click on a link to confirm ownership of their account.  Like all  phishing scams, this link in fact leads to a bogus login site designed to capture the personal information of Bigpond account holders.

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 9. Facebook users are growing increasingly frustrated by the amount of paid advertisements promoting fraudulent diet pills.  The advertisements, appearing as a “suggested post” on users’ newsfeed, use the stolen images of genuine individuals (who have typically lost weight through a balanced diet and exercise), to promote the bogus products.  Through reverse imaging techniques, Online Investigations identified the female portrayed in the below advertisement as Kenna Shell who confirmed via her Facebook page that her images had been stolen from her online blog and used without her permission to promote the products she never used.

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Facebook Ads such as this one are using stolen images to promote bogus diet pills
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Kenna Shell, who runs an online blog documenting her weight loss confirms her images were stolen

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