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The Bank Secrecy Act Doesn’t Really Exist

January 15, 2020 by Jim Richards

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade! But most importantly, Happy 50th Anniversary of the Bank Secrecy Act! Yes, the (so-called) Bank Secrecy Act was passed fifty years ago this October. As every BSA/AML professional knows, the Bank Secrecy Act was first made... 

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Crime Trends & Technology: Reflections & Perspectives for 2020

January 7, 2020 by Verafin

As we move into the next decade, it is critical for financial institutions (FIs) to reflect on recent trends in fraud and compliance, and gauge what potential challenges lay ahead. In a special year-end presentation, we took a look back... 

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Defying the Digital Revolution: Conventional Check Fraud Continues to Challenge Financial Institutions

November 26, 2019 by Verafin

Despite the current prominence of digital banking channels, check fraud remains a popular means for criminals to exploit financial institutions and their customers. Fraudsters’ options in this vein are numerous: stealing and cashing checks, duplicating legitimate checks, doctoring counterfeit checks,... 

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RPA: Improve Efficiency and Increase Productivity by Automating Routine Tasks

September 4, 2019 by Verafin

Financial crime management programs are increasingly challenged by limited time and resources, with BSA/AML and Fraud investigators often spending more time manually collecting data than investigating potentially suspicious activity. Institutions should consider how artificial intelligence, such as machine learning and... 

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6 Indicators of Employee Fraud for Financial Institutions

August 2, 2019 by Verafin

The threat of Employee Fraud is on the rise, as financial institutions are increasingly being targeted by internal fraudsters that take advantage of their positions for personal gain. With access to customers’ personal identification information, consumer and corporate bank accounts,... 

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Banking on AI for Financial Crime Management

July 5, 2019 by Verafin

Encouraged by peer adoption and industry recommendations, financial institutions are rapidly deploying AI solutions for financial crime management. Machine learning and robotic process automation (RPA) are being leveraged for both BSA/AML compliance and fraud detection solutions to improve efficiency and... 

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Elder Financial Abuse: SAR Trends

June 12, 2019 by Verafin

In February 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a study on elder financial abuse, Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation: Issues and Trends. The study utilizes information from Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to identify emerging trends in... 

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Threat from Within: Employee Fraud

February 25, 2019 by Verafin

In Report to the Nations: 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) report that employee fraud, or occupational fraud, “is likely the largest and most prevalent threat” faced by organizations. When employees...