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The Prevalence of Invoice Fraud in Businesses

July 16, 2020

Pymnts.com looks at the startling emerging story of a Germany payments company called Wirecard, where as much as $2.1 billion may be unaccounted for.

The story notes that “even the largest companies with the most resources to digitize and combat fraud are not immune to the risk — from both within and outside of, the organization.”

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COVID-19 Scams: Masquerading as the FDIC

June 23, 2020

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 clouding their judgement to extract money from them. The scammers have adopted a new angle, utilizing the pandemic to their advantage.

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Best Practices for Detection of Counterfeit, Forged, and Altered Checks

June 16, 2020

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 and fraud schemes that target the institution itself and/or its customers. It is equally important for financial institutions to evaluate their current check fraud processes and technologies and identify any possible gaps.

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Dissecting a Scam: “Let’s Tell the Scammer I Already Have the Money.”

June 9, 2020

This is a fairly typical fraud scheme that many, if not all of us, have encountered within our email inboxes. While we would normally mark the email as “spam,” delete it from our inbox, and move on with our day, there is a reason fraudsters continue to utilize this scam. The emails are sent to a large number of email addresses in hopes to find a less technically savvy individuals.

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Frank on Fraud: Check Scams On the Rise – – With Many Losses Unreported

June 2, 2020

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…

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Genesis of the Coming Identity Fraud Crisis (Javelin Study)

May 26, 2020

Javelin Strategy & Research has made available their 2020 Identity Fraud Study (available for download here). The data presents a sobering outlook:

The results of Javelin’s 2020 Identity Fraud Survey serve as a wake-up call—one that will force financial institutions, businesses, and the payment industry to reevaluate how identity fraud is managed. Total identity fraud reached $16.9 billion (USD) in 2019, yet the dollar loss is only part of the story. To have a more fulsome understanding of identity fraud a comprehensive evaluation of the drop in number of victims lead to several unsettling findings. Criminals are targeting smaller numbers of victims, while inflicting damage that is more complex to prevent or remediate.

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HelpWithMyBank.gov Delivers “Bank Friendly” Check Fraud & Forgery Resource

May 20, 2020

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 at HelpWithMyBank.gov that represents a valuable and easily accessible tool for banks and their customers.

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Return of the “Celebrity Fraudster”

May 12, 2020

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…)

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“Cheque” Fraud: Not Only a US Problem

May 6, 2020

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.

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Costco is Sending Freebies and Stimulus Checks?!! Nope – It’s a Scam

April 28, 2020

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…

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