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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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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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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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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.... 

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Using analytics to uncover and help human trafficking victims

March 21, 2017 by Verafin

“It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought... 

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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...