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Criminals Strike SBA Programs Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

August 7, 2020 by Verafin

“While American small business owners and employees are struggling, fraudsters are busy trying to steal the money meant to help those families survive. With billions of dollars in aid...

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Defining Moments in the War on Financial Crimes

June 30, 2020 by Jim Richards

Fifty years ago, the law we now call the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) was passed, and the war on financial crimes truly began. The BSA began with the Currency and...

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Money Mules Moving Illicit Proceeds from COVID-19-Related Crimes

June 11, 2020 by Verafin

“In the past, money mules have been viewed as low-level offenders, transferring small amounts of cash. However, organised, sophisticated money mule schemes have evolved as a [professional money launderer]...

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Analysis & Commentary: FinCEN’s Proposed Burden Estimate for Preparing and Filing SARs

May 29, 2020 by Jim Richards

On May 26, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a Notice in the Federal Register titled “Proposed Updated Burden Estimate for Reporting Suspicious Transactions Using FinCEN Report 111...

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Benefits Fraud Rising as Unemployment Claims Soar

May 28, 2020 by Verafin

“It is deeply troubling to see these reports of fraudulent unemployment claims being filed and allegedly paid by the State Employment Security Department. These are our public tax dollars....

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Industry Advisory: Detecting and Reporting COVID-19-Related Medical Scams

May 25, 2020 by Verafin

On May 18, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released a new Advisory on Medical Scams Related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to alert financial institutions to emerging...

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Economic Stimulus Payments Targeted by Fraudsters

May 8, 2020 by Verafin

“The CARES Act… together with three related pieces of pandemic relief legislation represent at least $2.4 trillion in aid and presents unparalleled opportunities to assist those in greatest need...

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Taking Quick Action Against COVID-19 Crimes

May 4, 2020 by Verafin

Financial crime has proven to be a serious and growing challenge during the COVID-19 crisis. Fraudsters have promptly exploited the pandemic for their gain; with many financial institutions closed...

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Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Financial Crime Management Programs

April 6, 2020 by Verafin

As COVID-19 continues to impact financial systems around the globe, early reports are emerging on how the pandemic is affecting financial crime management programs. Financial institutions should have processes...

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Fighting Fraud Scams in the COVID-19 Crisis

April 1, 2020 by Verafin

“While this crisis has brought out the best in most Americans, there appear to be a few unfortunate exceptions. We will not tolerate bad actors who treat the crisis...