X

Police in several states have seized hundreds of illegal Foxtel set top box cards with some investigators now man were claiming that there are between 50 to 100,000 illegal cards in use. Yesterday, two Victorian men were charged with making and selling illegal Foxtel decoders.

 Rodney Doove, 42 from Mount Waverley in Victoria and a 27 year old Ballarat  charged with making and selling unauthorised decoders.They are also charged with making, distributing and selling fake smart cards and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

In a Federal police statement issued today they claim that hundreds of fake pay television encryption cards and set-top decoders were seized in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland after an investigation which lasted six-months.
The AFP also seized $169,000 and several computers from a Sydney property, and 18 boxes of illegal fireworks that were allegedly being stored at a Victorian house.

A 43-year-old man from Mount Waverley and a 27-year-old man from Sebastopol will face court in Melbourne and Ballarat today. They have been charged with making, distributing and selling fake smart cards or ‘gamma’ cards, which allow people to access the Foxtel and Austar pay television networks without a subscription.

 

Police say there may be as many as 50,000 fake pay television encryption cards now in use across Australia. AFP National Manager Economic and Special Operations Paul Jevtovic said the operation reflects the successful cooperation between AFP and private industry in tackling criminal exploitation of intellectual property rights.

Meanwhile a Victorian detective told ChannelNews that the amount of fake Foxtel decoder cars could be closer to 100,000 than 50,000. 

The two men have been charged with making, importing and selling unauthorized decoders contrary to Section 135 of the Copyright Act 1968, and with dealing with the proceeds of crime contrary to Section 400.3 and 400.5 of the Criminal Code Amendment Act 2002.


The head of the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association, Debra Richards told the Sydney Mornikng Herald “piracy endangered employment and investment in pay television. Many people unwittingly bought fake cards, or were sold them in car parks. “I know a story of a grandmother who said, ‘My grandson gave this to me – he got it at a pub’. If someone knocks on your door or gives you a card in a pub, or, as some pirates do, target supermarket car parks, it can’t be right,” she said.

“We’re really pleased in terms of what’s happened. It sends a great message to the market that there are serious consequences to the activity.”

Kim Williams, the chief executive of Foxtel, said  “Today’s actions by the AFP send a clear message to the Australian public that piracy of STV is a serious crime: it is theft and will be treated accordingly.”

hitachi banner 728x90 Fake Foxtel Exposed
4SquareMedia 728x90 scaled Fake Foxtel Exposed
QUEEN 728x90 Fake Foxtel Exposed
BlueAnt PumpAirANC WebBanner 728x90 Fake Foxtel Exposed
728x90 Iconic Fake Foxtel Exposed
Flick of a switch 728x90 1 Fake Foxtel Exposed
Middleton 728x90px Product Fake Foxtel Exposed
240215 SAV R Volution CNewsFeb Leaderboard 1 Fake Foxtel Exposed
3sixT GS24 EDM 728 x 90 px 02 Fake Foxtel Exposed
Martin Logan 728 x 90 Fake Foxtel Exposed
PRO 5 PRICE DROP 2024 Banner 728x90px Fake Foxtel Exposed
Aspire Vero Banner Intel CCF 728x90 Fake Foxtel Exposed
Leaderboard 728x90 1 Fake Foxtel Exposed
Whatmough 728x90 Fake Foxtel Exposed
Banner Z10 Al Wh 728x90px EN Fake Foxtel Exposed
4Square – Channel News 728x90 Fake Foxtel Exposed
Motorola Banner Ads 728 x 90 72ppi Fake Foxtel Exposed126215
Haier 728x90 1 Fake Foxtel Exposed
728x90 Fake Foxtel Exposed
728x90 Fake Foxtel Exposed
Uniden PRO 2k 728 x 90 Option 2 2x Retina Fake Foxtel Exposed
BEL2385 4SQ Dock Banners 4SQ 728x90 Fake Foxtel Exposed


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE