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€19 million fraud involving trade in second-hand mobile phones

Posted: 22 January

Recently the Officer of the European Public Prosecutors Office (“EPPO”) conducted 25 searches in six countries across Europe in pursuit of its investigation of an alleged €19 million fraud involving trade in second-hand mobile phones imported from Hong Kong, the UAE and the USA.

Goods from these locations are not eligible for use in margin schemes and so any companies trading them ‘on margin’ are liable to pay VAT at...

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Posted: 11 December

A FAKE person is trying to clone Novaphone Poland. He DOES NOT represent Novaphone.

Do NOT fall for this FRAUD

Fake contact person - Robert Rochowiak

Fake Mobile/Whatsapp: +48 798 556 993

FAKE bank account number on their FAKE proforma invoices:

IBAN: PL05194010764972757100000000

Credit Agricole, Swift: AGRIPLPRXXX

Stay Safe

Sent by IPT Team on behalf of Novaphone

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Why liquidation is NOT the answer to disputes with the VAT man

Posted: 24 November

Why liquidation is NOT the answer to disputes with the VAT man

By Martin O’Neill, Keystone law

Having experienced first-hand HMRC’s attempts to combat serious tax losses, one of the features of tax litigation over the last 15 years has been the prevalence of so-called ‘Kittel’ cases. These are cases in which HMRC seeks to deny repayments of VAT to companies buying goods in circumstances where HMRC has identified a fraud further...

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Warning: Fake Emails from IPT

Posted: 15 February

Please be aware that there are FAKE emails being sent from what appear to be IPT email accounts.

These suspicious emails contain links to a FAKE IPT website as in the images below.

Please do NOT click on the links or attempt to login to the suspicious website.

Fake Email Alert

Please only ever enter your login details via our official IPT website www.ipt.cc. We will NEVER ask you via email to ‘Reactivate your Account.’

If you suspect that you’ve...

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Stolen Goods - iPhone 12

Posted: 12 February

Be aware there has been a recent theft of iPhone 12 in Sweden from a logistics truck. 

Here is the IMEI list so you can be careful not to buy stolen phones. 

Spreadsheet link: http://www.ipt.cc/News/IMEI-lista1280st.xlsx

Note: The client does not wish to be named but has provided us with Police reports and proof. 

Stay safe! 

IPT Team 

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Major VAT scam with memory cards halted in the Netherlands

Posted: 11 February

With the support of Eurojust, the Dutch fiscal authorities have halted a major scam to avoid the payment of VAT via trading companies. By setting up a string of enterprises in the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and Croatia, a network of traders in Secure Digital (SD) memory cards for mobile phones allegedly defrauded the Dutch fiscal authorities for an estimated amount of EUR 9 million between 2017 and 2020. During an action day supported by Eurojust...

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An Update on ITC Malta

Posted: 9 February

It is with regret we must announce that we have made the difficult decision to postpone ITC Malta 2021.
Until recently, we remained hopeful that the situation would greatly improve and allow us to come together again in Malta this year. However, the current safety COVID restrictions associated with hosting events in Malta are understandably rigorous and unfortunately adverse to the special atmosphere we create at ITC.
Rather than proceed...

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Warning: Cloning Attempt

Posted: 27 November

There is someone who is pretending/cloning BOMAX SRL in Italy

Their real email is - [email protected]

The Fraudster is using [email protected].

Right now he is using [email protected]

Please be careful!

Posted by IPT on behalf of BOMAX Srl

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Warning: Scam Alert

Posted: 25 November


We would like to inform you about a scam allegedly organized by a former Turbado/Kulm Worker, Mr. Marek Kovac, through a new Company from Slovakia: MOJA MK SRO

They were ordering stocks form us and we completed small deals successfully then later deals sending fake Payments Copies from Tatra Bank from which money never came (Tatra Bank even confirmed that the TT Copies are fake). We do believe that this Marek Kovac organized all this, by...

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Why Huawei's days in the UK could be numbered

Posted: 26 June

The UK government is inching towards taking a decision on Huawei's role in the UK's 5G and fixed-broadband networks.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - a branch of the intelligence service GCHQ - has documented all the facts ahead of giving its view.

And civil servants at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are weighing up the financial consequences of ordering a ban or new limits.

In theory, a decision could come...

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Eurojust helps Italy and Slovenia unravel massive VAT fraud

Posted: 24 June

Eurojust helps Italy and Slovenia unravel massive VAT fraud

The Hague, 24 June 2019

With the assistance of Eurojust, the Italian authorities seized almost EUR 84 million after unravelling a VAT fraud scheme involving the marketing of technological and computer products in the region of Campania. A total of 49 suspects are under investigation for tax crimes committed through so-called ‘carousel fraud’ by collecting the VAT for themselves...

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Tech Radar Updates

The real total eclipse was better than the pics I shot with my iPhone 15 Pro Max and DSLR, and believe me I tried

Seeing the total solar eclipse in person is an experience far beyond what any photo or video could show, don't forget it.
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The Google Pixel 8a leaks twice, hinting at its design, and four color options

We've got some new and unofficial renders of the Pixel 8a, while tutorials for the phone have also shown up.
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Will we see new iPhones at WWDC 2024?

We break down how this year's WWDC announcements could affect the iPhone.
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I’m a photographer and Leica’s new smartphone makes my iPhone look painfully dull

Leica has launched the new Leitz Phone 3 – and it's packed with photography features that make my iPhone feel boring.
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iPhone 16 camera predictions: every expected camera on every model

Through a combination of leaks and educated guesses, we have a good idea of the iPhone 16 line's likely camera specs.
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Need proof that Samsung's Galaxy software is worse than the iPhone? Here it is

We compare the Settings menu in Samsung Galaxy phones and Apple's iPhone and find Samsung is the loser.
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3 Android 15 features that could make your mobile life much easier

Android 15 could make it easier and faster to access apps, control your smart home, and choose your preferred wallet app.
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Samsung drops another big hint that Galaxy AI features are coming to Galaxy S22 phones

Samsung has confirmed that more devices will become compatible with Galaxy AI soon.
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Google One VPN is shutting down for good – here are the best alternatives

Google’s VPN service, bundled with its Google One subscription, is being discontinued later this year.
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The iPhone SE 4 could be an odd mix of several different existing iPhones

A detailed iPhone SE 4 leak has revealed many of the specs and design features this phone might offer.
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