FDIC-related scams pre-date COVID-19 Pandemic stress has escalated the effectiveness of FDIC-related fraud All age groups are targeted As seen in the above video, scammers representing themselves as officials of government agencies is a common tactic. Victims are caught off-guard by the scammer’s aggressive tone and threats of legal repercussions, raising the victim’s anxiety and…Read More
Check fraud of all types is on the rise Perpetrators have many profiles and approaches Preemptive solutions for check fraud As noted many times both here and in the general media, check fraud persistent and pervasive — and now compounded by fraudsters constructing corona virus-related scams. Financial institutions should be on high alert for scams…Read More
Scammers from overseas find success despite of language gap What seems absurd to you and I will eventually snag someone A story on how a YouTuber fooled a scammer Hello Wow!!! Congratulation. This is a fairly typical fraud scheme that many, if not all of us, have encountered within our email inboxes. While we would…Read More
According to Frank on Fraud, there are 16 main types of check fraud On the surface, check fraud growth defies logic A huge amount of check fraud goes unreported – – up to $1.2 billion in losses per year, in fact FRANK ON FRAUD is a terrific (and entertaining) blog by Frank McKenna, the Co-Founder…Read More
Fraud looms large in the months ahead as consumers confront economic stress worldwide While there are fewer fraud victims, the impacts are greater Multichannel account access makes account takeover easier for fraudsters Javelin Strategy & Research has made available their 2020 Identity Fraud Study (available for download here). The data presents a sobering outlook: The…Read More
The federal government has created a helpful anti-fraud page The site contains PROACTIVE as well as REACTIVE solutions Check fraud attempts continue to grow, necessitating consumer vigilance The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (under the jurisdiction of the US Department of the Treasury) has rolled out an easy-to-use check fraud and forgery resource…Read More
In April our post featured “celebrity fraudster” Matt Cox as he described his methods for perpetrating check fraud. He knows of which he speaks; he is the author of the book Shark in the Housing Pool: On the Run With the Secret Service’s Most Wanted (out of 15 Amazon reviews, it has 14 five-star ratings — but let’s remember that the author is a professional fraudster…)Read More
It is important to understand that while check fraud is a significant problem in the US, similar trends are occurring in Europe as well. In Europe, there was a shared view of paper checks as a payment vehicle on the road to the junkyard years ago — only to find out that it remains a popular payment method in many countries.Read More
You get a text from Costco offering you stimulus checks or packages because you’re a loyal customer. Great news, right?
The old saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably not true” comes to mind…Read More
The negative impact of check fraud really hits home when it happens to you, a friend or relative. Unfortunately, as we see in the following drama, you don’t get the Hollywood ending if you’re unprepared.
A former colleague of ours, Eric Oliver, used to work for VSoft and Fiserv…Read More