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U.S. Court Case: 9 Banks and 50 Bank Accounts Exploited by Human Trafficking Ring

February 21, 2017 by Denise Hutchings

“Follow the money and you will find the trafficker… Financial investigation plays a crucial role in successful investigation of trafficking in persons.” An outstanding financial investigation which was conducted in the recent prosecution of a U.S. based human trafficking ring... 

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Six things to consider when investigating check deposit fraud

February 6, 2017 by Verafin

Good ol’ checks. Even though their use continues to decline, they’re still a thorn in the side of fraud investigators. The Federal Reserve Payments Study 2016 shows the number of check payments in 2015 fell to 17.3 billion, down 2.5... 

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U.S. Court Case: 5 Cyber-Enabled Financial Crimes

December 4, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

Last week, U.S. authorities in conjunction with international law enforcement issued a press release on the dismantling of a cyber criminal infrastructure known as Avalanche. A joint statement by U.S. agencies noted that “this network hosted more than two dozen... 

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Preventing thousands of dollars in fraud loss through early detection

November 21, 2016 by Verafin

The ability to detect account fraud early and take decisive action is more important for financial institutions (FIs) than ever before. In its biennial 2015 Deposit Account Fraud Survey, conducted with commercial and savings banks, the American Bankers Association (ABA)... 

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U.S. Wire Fraud Case: Multiple Companies and Multiple Banks Exploited

October 10, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

Wire fraud that emanates from the combination of identity theft and email compromise has skyrocketed to an escalated threat level in the class of evolving cybercrimes which exploit both financial institutions and their customers. To help shine a spotlight on... 

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Law enforcement benefits from information sharing

September 23, 2016 by Verafin

The value of the information that financial institutions (FIs) provide to law enforcement is immeasurable. In May 2016 FinCEN held a ceremony at the U.S. Department of the Treasury to present its second annual Law Enforcement Awards. In its press... 

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U.S. Bank Account Information Sold on Dark Web Marketplace

August 25, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

A recent online post under the “Fraud” category of a Dark Web marketplace read as follows: “High Balance [redacted bank name] Logins 30K-150K Available…I bring you freshly hacked [redacted bank name] Bank Account Logins. The accounts are notorious for having... 

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The CDD Final Rule: Seven Things to Remember

July 7, 2016 by Verafin

Until now, the lack of any general requirement for financial institutions (FIs) to know and verify the identity of the beneficial owners of their entity customers created the opportunity for criminal exploitation of the banking system through anonymous access. This... 

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EMV Transition: Get Ahead of the ATM Liability Shift

July 6, 2016 by Mauriceo Castanheiro

With the transition to EMV firmly underway in the United States, we thought it would be a good time to discuss progress and the potential impact to your card fraud programs. Liability Shift As of October 2015, Liability Shift (LS)... 

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314(b) Information Sharing Practices Should Adapt the Four COCs of a Fusion Center

May 23, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

“A Fusion Center is an effective and efficient mechanism to exchange information and intelligence, maximize resources, streamline operations, and improve the ability to fight crime and terrorism by analyzing data from a variety of sources.” (Source: U.S. DOJ Global Justice...