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Elder Financial Exploitation

June 4, 2024 by Verafin

In a recent FinCEN analysis, Elder Financial Exploitation: Threat Pattern and Trend Information, June 2022 to June 2023, two predominant categories of victimization were identified across Elder Financial Exploitation (EFE)-related BSA filings. Elder scams, where the victim does not know... 

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Four Unexpected Insights on Romance Scams

May 22, 2024 by Verafin

  Romance scams are among the world’s fastest growing frauds, driven by immense profits for criminals. In 2023, $3.8B was lost to romance scams and other confidence schemes — a number that may even be underreported. With many victims struggling... 

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Funnel Accounts

April 10, 2024 by Verafin

Funnel accounts continue to thrive as criminal organizations leverage the tactic to exploit the U.S. banking system and quickly move money across great distances at minimal cost — all while enabling anonymity for the depositors. Used as a method to... 

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7 New FinCEN Red Flags to Identify Terrorist Financing

November 17, 2023 by Verafin

World events can shift in a moment. Financial institutions need to be prepared to adapt to the constantly evolving landscape of regulatory compliance, while swiftly identifying potentially suspicious activity. To assist, FinCEN has issued a new alert with 7 red... 

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A Ruthless Scam

September 26, 2023 by Verafin

A prominent virtual currency investment scam, with the demeaning label “pig butchering,” is creating significant financial and emotional harm for countless victims around the world – criminals defrauded victims of more than $2 billion USD in 2022. Known as financial... 

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12 Red Flags for Elder Financial Exploitation

November 9, 2022 by Colin Parsons

“Financial institutions serve on the frontlines in protecting their older customers’ finances, and can play a critical role in helping to identify, prevent, and report suspected elder financial exploitation. Financial institutions’ vigilance matters. Their reporting matters.” – Himamauli Das, FinCEN... 

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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 scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Advisory is the first... 

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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...