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U.S. Court Case: 60 Funnel Accounts Used by Heroin Trafficking Organization

September 27, 2017 by Denise Hutchings

“Narcotics traffickers will attempt to create elaborate financial networks in an effort to launder illegal drug proceeds.” (James Dorsey, Acting Special Agent in Charge IRS Criminal Investigation, June 2017) Heroin Trafficking Organizations Targeted by OFAC In May 2017, Treasury Secretary... 

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Industry alert: NACHA warns of risks in C2C ACH Debits

November 28, 2017 by Verafin

NACHA has turned the risk spotlight on Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C — also known as Account-to-Account (A2A) or Peer-to-Peer (P2P)) debit payments again. Over the past six months we have seen a steady flow of warnings within the industry about the dangers... 

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Finding fraud in fallback transactions

November 20, 2017 by Verafin

Fallback transactions pose a significant danger to financial institutions (FIs) and are something criminals will lean on more heavily as the adoption of chip-enabled cards continues to gather pace. A fallback transaction is the swiping of a chip-enabled card at... 

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Beneficial Ownership FAQs

November 14, 2017 by Verafin

A lot of digital ink has been spilled concerning the collection of Ultimate Beneficial Owner (UBO) information. Most of the buzz around the FinCEN’s final rule on Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Requirements for Financial Institutions, since it was introduced, rests... 

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Beneficial Ownership: 5 Key Compliance Obligations

August 14, 2017 by Verafin

For many years, financial crime investigators have warned of possible links between shell companies and international money laundering activity. In the 2013 report How Shell Companies Aid Terrorism, Crime and Corruption, the Open Society Foundations discussed how shell companies are used to launder billions... 

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No Jackpot: Recognizing Lottery Scam Activity

August 14, 2017 by Verafin

Congratulations! You’ve won the lottery! Wait. How have you won a lottery you don’t remember entering? Who cares! It’s a lot of money, right? Unfortunately, not in this case. There’s a catch… there’s always a catch. This is a variation... 

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Four key indicators for uncovering fraud in your loan charge-offs

August 1, 2017 by Verafin

Auto loan fraud is a hot topic. Given the potential size of the problem, it is hardly surprising. At the Barclays Global Financial Services Conference in September 2016, JPMorgan Chase provided insight into the state of auto lending risk. In... 

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Business Email Compromise (BEC) Fraud

July 12, 2017 by Verafin

Business Email Compromise (BEC) has become a big earner in the criminal world and a serious fraud threat for financial institutions (FIs) and their corporate customers. It is a threat serious enough to prompt the FBI, in May 2017, to... 

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Romance Fraud Scams

July 9, 2017 by Verafin

Crime prevention is regularly focused on statistics and numbers. High dollar losses make for eye-catching headlines, sometimes making it easy to forget that fraud has a very human impact. If there is one thing we know about criminals, it’s that... 

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ACH Payments: Mitigating the Risks of Faster Fraud

June 12, 2017 by Verafin

ACH payments have become one of the primary means of noncash payment in the past fifteen years. As consumers demand more convenience and flexibility in their banking options — these popular electronic money transfers create potential risks for your financial institution....