Genre: Factual, Crime
Duration: 6 Episodes x 30 Minutes
Territory/Rights available: Worldwide
Formats Available: –
Show Format: HD
Produced by: Third Floor Pictures
Episode 1- Fraud (Singapore)
When a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. In one of the biggest white collar crimes that Singapore’s Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) had to handle, 29-year-old businessman Lam Chen Fong was found guilty of cheating 1,153 migrant workers from China of S$8.8m. By offering an irresistible exchange rate, Lam’s Money Changer business, lured migrant workers to transfer large sums of remittance money that he eventually pocketed to pay off his increasing gambling debts.
Episode 2- Insurance scam (Philippines)
45-year-old Levi Dulay is insured for P1.8 million dollars. The large sum of money is enough reason for him to carry out an elaborate body swap to fake his own death in dramatic fashion.
On 16 January 2011, Police found a burning Mitsubishi Adventure belonging to Levi Dulay, along a highway in Caloocan City. Inside was a dead body burnt beyond recognition along with identification documents of Levi Dulay. His wife, Ana Maria, identified the body as her husband’s based on the documents retrieved. Meanwhile, another woman, Leticia Chua, claims the body to be of her missing husband, Gildo Chua. He was last seen riding in Levi Dulay’s car before the vehicle was found burnt.
Episode 3- Online fraud (China)
Between legitimate sales transactions on the popular and trusted e-commerce site alibaba.com, lies a cunning group of conmen who duped online buyers out of more than US$6 million.
The criminal gang used fake IDs to open more than a hundred “Gold Supplier” accounts on the website – a designation that only highly trusted suppliers are certified with. They posed as legitimate companies selling to overseas businesses that source goods through the site. The gang was also found to have used other trading websites for their fraudulent activities.
Episode 4- Blackmail (Malaysia)
In an ordinary hotel in Kuala Lumpur, seedy and amoral blackmail has taken on an organised dimension. Known as the “honeypot scam,” criminals use tiny and well-disguised cameras placed at strategic locations in hotel rooms to blackmail both men and women. A local syndicate is believed to be involved in the activity by hiring attractive men and women to lure the victims to bed before threatening to upload the material on the Internet, according to MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief Datuk Michael Chong.
Episode 5- Chit & Ponzi (India)
Long before the Madoff Scandal and the rise of the Ponzi scheme on the world stage, Chit funds held the public’s attention, particularly in India and Singapore. A Chit Fund is an informal or primitive system of micro financing, such schemes are historically practiced in rural societies. Acting as both a loans and deposits scheme, members of a Chit fund put their savings into a common pool, within prescribed or agreed periods. At the end of each period or credit cycle, the pooled funds are auctioned and the bidder with the lowest bid wins. Such schemes in its historical context usually operated at a personal level, as a quasi-credit co-op between friends or villagers.
Episode 6- Counterfeit (Philippines)
On the trail of counterfeit puppet-masters, we uncover a series of criminal cases focused on everything from counterfeit merchandise to brand name clothing and accessories. But there is a much more sinister problem of counterfeiting that can damage entire economies: we crack into a crime ring responsible for producing high-quality US counterfeit banknotes in the Philippines.