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Online banking scam

(By Sue Lowe)

Eleven new charges relating to a $27,840 swindle in which users of an online banking site were persuaded to send their security passwords to an imposter were laid in court yesterday.

Andrei Aladuskin, 25, a bus driver, of Surry Hills, faces 12 charges of obtaining money by deception and acting as an accessory after the fact. He has pleaded not guilty.

Thousands of Australian internet users are believed to have received an email last month which, although written in poor English, purported to be an official message from the Commonwealth Bank, offering customers a security upgrade to its NetBank internet banking service.

Aladuskin had originally faced one charge of obtaining $1500 by deception. He allegedly transferred the money to his Commonwealth Bank account.

Eleven new charges were laid against him at the Downing Centre Local Court yesterday.

The largest single transfer was of $5000. Most were of about $2000. The bank has not disclosed how many customers were deceived.

Aladuskin was arrested when he entered a branch to withdraw funds. The money has since been refunded to customers.

Aladuskin has been released on conditional bail, with a hearing set for May 22.

Customers of the Sydney Opera House and the online auction house eBay were similarly deceived.

Source: www.theage.com.au

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