New Course Promotion: Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong (Part 2 of 2)

‘Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong (Part 2 of 2)’, organized by Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Hong Kong Chapter) is happening in November this year!

Come join us in advancing our knowledge in fraud! For more information and registration, please email events@hkacfe.com.

Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong is yearly regular course collaborating with ACFE. You may find more about it here.

Event promotion: “Let’s Talk Scams” – National Scams Awareness Week

Live and Online Panel Discussion: "Let's Talk Scams" - National Scams Awareness Week

QUT Centre for Justice welcomes you to a live and on-line panel discussion during National Scams Awareness Week

Date: 2021.11.08 (Mon)
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (AEST)
Venue: Online (webinar details will be given after registration).
Language: English

About this event

Each year, millions of Australians lose money to fraud. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Australians reported over $851 million lost to fraud in 2020, up from $634 million in 2019. While these monetary losses are significant, there are also many wide ranging non-financial harms that result from fraud. The impact can be both devastating and life changing for victims, yet there is a shame and stigma that prevents many from talking about it.

Monday 8th November marks the beginning of National Scams Awareness Week. The theme for this year's campaign is “Let’s talk scams”, and we intend to do this. Please join us for a panel discussion on the topic of fraud and scams, facilitated by Associate Professor Cassandra Cross, with the following leading industry experts from across Australia. The panel will cover all aspects of fraud from policing, to prevention, to support.

The panel will include:

  • Delia Rickard, Deputy Commissioner, - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Sarah Dreaver, Manager, Financial Crime Investigations, Customer Protect – Suncorp
  • Detective Sergeant Karen McAteer – Fraud and Cyber Crime Group, Queensland Police Service
  • Victoria Schiffer, Delivery Manager APAC Security and Tom Rhind, Trust and Safety Manager – Seek

This event will be run in person at QUT Gardens Point Campus and via webinar for those who can't attend in person. A webinar link will follow.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lets-talk-scams-national-scams-awareness-week-tickets-191472197497

Research Project Introduction: Immigration Detention in Hong Kong

The project began in July 2020 and will run through June 2023. This will be the first detailed study of immigration detention in Hong Kong, and will add significantly to comparative analysis of immigration detention in East Asia.

The team, Prof. Surabhi Chopra, Raquel Amador and Chloe Fung from the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, examines the functioning and effects of immigration detention law, policy and practice, with a focus on survivors of torture, victims of human trafficking, and low-income migrant workers.

Based upon their findings, they develop actionable, evidence-based guidelines for improving the system.

This project is funded by the Research Impact Fund of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, which operates under the University Grants Committee (UGC).

For more information, see Immigration Detention in Hong Kong.

Appointment of New Associate Director

The Centre for Criminology (the “Centre”) is pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Ham (“Dr. Ham”) has been appointed as an Associate Director of the Centre with effect from 1st September 2021.

Dr. Ham’s research is grounded in ongoing engagement with community-based organizations and international networks working for migrant rights, sex worker rights and social change. She has published on domestic work, sex work, anti-trafficking, gender and migration, feminist participatory action research, and activist efforts by trafficking survivors, sex workers and domestic workers. Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, Julie worked with the Border Crossing Observatory (Monash University), the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) and with community-based research projects and organizations in Canada, working with sex workers, immigrant and refugee communities, women substance users, low-income urban communities, and anti-violence organisations.

Her recent research explores knowledge production and cultural production by migrants in Hong Kong through participatory and visual methodologies. For more information, see Mobile Methodologies and Migrant Knowledges.

Establishment of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Hong Kong Chapter) Prize for UG students majoring/minoring in Criminology

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Hong Kong Chapter has established the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Hong Kong Chapter) Prize. The HK Chapter is committed to developing the profession and in doing so, the Prize is intended to help HKU undergraduate students to broaden their learning horizons and develop their career path in finance and compliance. ACFE Hong Kong Chapter is a not-for-profit organization holding social and training activities on a regular basis to connect anti-fraud professionals and promoting professional advancement in the prevention, deterrence, detection and investigation of fraud in Hong Kong.

The ACFE HK Chapter has been collaborating with the Department of Sociology and Centre for Criminology, HKU in promoting training and education in the sector. The Prize is hosted by these HKU units. The Department of Sociology has been providing undergraduate Criminology major/minor programmes and taught postgraduate programme the Master of Social Sciences in Criminology, which provides a foundation for advanced research degree studies in the discipline and offers a professional qualification for practitioners in criminal justice and related fields. Working on a similar vision, the Centre for Criminology, has been researching on crime and deviance and offering regular trainings for practitioners in the field.

Details of the Prize are as follows:

Level of study: Undergraduate
​Faculty/Department: All students with a major or minor in Criminology
​Year of study: Year 3 & 4
​Place of origin: Local Hong Kong students
​Selection criteria: Academic merit and an essay of 500 words (on their interests on fraud related issues)
​Number of awards: Three per year
​Award value: A cash prize of HK$5,000, ACFE (Hong Kong Chapter) training package and one year of post CFE qualification training
​Awarding authorities: A shortlist of 15 outstanding students will be invited to submit the 500 words short essay for selecting the awardees

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Centre for Criminology at crimctr@hku.hk or 3917-7459.