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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 as well as unmatched prospects for fraud, misuse of the funds,... 

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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 or limiting branch access and large numbers of citizens still sheltering... 

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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 in place to minimize the impact of a pandemic and ensure... 

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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 as an opportunity to get rich quick.” – U.S. Attorney General... 

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Fraud Risks in Turbulent Times

March 20, 2020 by Verafin

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, financial institutions have been encouraged to remain steadfast in their ongoing scrutiny of potentially suspicious behavior and to diligently report suspected fraudulent activity. On March 16, 2020, FinCEN released a... 

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“Tell Me About Yourself.” Employment Scammers Targeting PII

February 27, 2020 by Verafin

“While hiring scams have been around for many years, cyber criminals’ emerging use of spoofed websites to harvest [personally identifiable information] (PII) and steal money shows an increased level of complexity.” – Internet Crime Complaint Commission (IC3) Public Service Announcement... 

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Deconstructing the Currency Transaction Report

February 18, 2020 by Jim Richards

With FinCEN reporting increases in BSA report filings year over year, it is likely that over 16 million Currency Transaction Reports, or CTRs, were filed in 2019, each one reporting one or more cash transactions made by or on behalf... 

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Heartbreaking: Romance Scams on the Rise

February 14, 2020 by Verafin

  “In 2018, confidence/romance fraud was the seventh most commonly reported scam to the [Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3)] based on the number of complaints received, and the second costliest scam in terms of victim loss.” – IC3 Public Service... 

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Redefining Fraud: Combating Evolving Business Email Compromise Schemes

January 23, 2020 by Verafin

In their search for the path of least resistance, fraudsters have discovered that trickery and deception are highly effective strategies. As noted by FinCEN, Business Email Compromise (BEC) is one area of financial crime where these tactics reign supreme, and... 

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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...