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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... 

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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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6 Indicators of Employee Fraud for Financial Institutions

August 2, 2019 by Verafin

The threat of Employee Fraud is on the rise, as financial institutions are increasingly being targeted by internal fraudsters that take advantage of their positions for personal gain. With access to customers’ personal identification information, consumer and corporate bank accounts,... 

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Elder Financial Abuse: SAR Trends

June 12, 2019 by Verafin

In February 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a study on elder financial abuse, Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation: Issues and Trends. The study utilizes information from Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to identify emerging trends in... 

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Unreal Identities Leading to Real Crimes

February 4, 2019 by Verafin

Synthetic identity fraud has become a vehicle for fraudsters to commit a host of financial crimes, such as account fraud, loan fraud or online banking fraud. Criminals combine real and fabricated identification information to create synthetic or fake identities which... 

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How financial institutions can help end elder financial exploitation

June 18, 2018 by Verafin

Elder financial exploitation (EFE) may be the crime of the 21st century. The available numbers paint a scary picture: one 2015 report indicated seniors are defrauded of nearly $36.5 Billion annually, over 12 times the amount previously reported. In August...