Tony Sales, Retail Fraud Uncovered
Thursday 5 December at 6.45pm
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford,Oxfordshire OX1 2HY
Only one man has stood at both the summit of organised crime and the pinnacle of loss prevention. Meet Tony Sales at this our special event for Christmas hosted at Rewley House, Oxford University.
Tony was one of the UK’s most wanted criminals, on the run for over six years, he stole an estimated £30 million from retailers in online and instore scams, as well as running an organised fraud operation that ruthlessly and systematically exploited the weaknesses of its retailer targets. These activities led him to be branded “Britain’s Greatest Fraudster” by The Sun.
Tony has also been covered in numerous other publications as well as appearing as the subject of several crime documentaries and provided technical consultancy for film and TV productions on real life crime.
His biography, written by a leading true crime writer, is due out in 2014.
Now a reformed character, Tony Sales works identifying opportunities for fraud and has found that online trading has brought twice as many opportunities for the fraudster and made it easier to commit fraud today than ever before. Tony is an expert on financial fraud around credit cards, asset financing, mortgage fraud and banking. Recently he romped through the security systems of a well-known high street bank and demonstrated how easy it is to open a bank account in minutes using fake ID. He had the bank’s permission to try, but they were still shocked at how easy it was. And of course a fake bank account on the black market is worth about £30,000. Not bad for 10 minutes work.
The fundamental reason why fraud is so simple is that those engaged in the battle to defeat fraud and the people that are targeted are fundamentally honest people. They may have an understanding of how fraudsters go about their work, or even come into contact with them through their professions, but unless you have actually seen the world through the eyes of a criminal it is impossible to fully understand how he thinks and to anticipate his methods.
We live in an increasingly complex world involving many online and offline transactions from credit card purchases to mortgages and business financing. As a former member of “underworld royalty”, Tony Sales is uniquely placed to help business combat crime. In this presentation Tony uses his unique perspective to discuss how fraudsters select targets and commit their crimes, picking apart systems and then ruthlessly exploiting the flaws and human weaknesses.
His cross-over from elite criminal to top level consultant, trusted by the inner sanctum of banking and retail with their most sensitive information, has been remarkable. Now he is retained by some of the biggest retail operations in Europe, and has advised businesses with total sales of more than £10 Billion per annum.
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The meeting is on Thursday 5 December 6.45 for 7.30 and ends around 9.00.
It will be held at:
1 Wellington Square
Oxford,Oxfordshire OX1 2HY
A special Christmas event with mulled wine.Sandwiches and mince pies are available from 6.45pm.
Meetings are open to non-members and free.
A Note about Parking
On street parking is very restricted in and around Wellington Square. The closest Car Park is Gloucester Green or we suggest you park where you normally would for Keble Road (it is only a 5 minute walk from there) or try St Giles.