Category: Fraud

Finance industry and police team up to stop over £45 million of fraud in 2020

Staff working in bank, building society and post office branches stopped £45.3 million of fraud through the Banking Protocol in 2020. The scheme has prevented victims from losing £142 million of fraud and led to 843 arrests since its launch. Over 7,800 emergency calls were made last year, protecting customers from losing an average of £5,749 each to criminals. Branch staff at banks, building societies and Post Offices worked with the police to stop £45.3 million of fraud through the Banking Protocol rapid scam response last year, bringing the total amount of fraud prevented to £142 million since the beginning… Read More

Frankenstein fraud, deepfakes & replay attacks

Online fraud has accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic, meaning organisations must be more vigilant in the face of the seemingly ever-increasing threat and its impact on business The coronavirus pandemic has had a big impact on many areas of our lives, not least our relationship with the office. Organisations have had their hands forced when it comes to accelerating digital transformation, while digitally identifying and onboarding both customers and employees has pulled focus on the digital identity sector. It’s good news for digital ID specialists, but the flipside is it’s also a huge opportunity for cybercriminals engaging in identity fraud.… Read More

FICO: 5 Fraud Predictions for 2021

With 2020 seeing an increase in cybersecurity concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, partly due to the influx of people now working from home as well as an increase in the use of digital services, many are left wondering what 2021 will bring. Matt Cox is Managing Director, EMEA Fraud, Cyber and Compliance at FICO, a company that uses predictive analytics and data science to improve operational decisions. Matt has over 20 years of experience within the financial services industry, specialising in fraud and financial crime. Here Matt looks ahead with his fraud predictions for 2021. Predicting the future is… Read More

Fraud Epidemic ‘is now National Security Threat’

This paper explores the impact of fraud on the UK’s national security landscape, and sets out the case for adopting a fundamentally different pathway for responding to the problem. Download the paper here (PDF) Fraud against UK citizens, businesses and the UK public purse has reached epidemic levels – it is the ‘volume crime of our time’. Driven in part by growing public disquiet over the current response to fraud, 2020 saw increased political attention on the issue. The prevailing political narrative, however, fails to convey the full impact of fraud on the UK, beyond the perspective of financial losses… Read More

Three arrests in money laundering, romance fraud and bounce back loan scam investigation

The National Crime Agency’s Complex Financial Crime Team has arrested three suspected members of an organised crime group involved in high level money laundering and fraud. The two men and one woman , aged 48, 43 and 45, were detained yesterday following raids at properties in the Bexleyheath and Dartford areas of London. They were questioned and have been released pending further investigation. This action is part of a wider operation targeting global fraud and the subsequent movement of money taken from victims. The alleged offending involves large scale identity theft, and the use of numerous false bank accounts to… Read More

COVID increases fraud rate by 60%

Top 3 Global Fraud Contributors in 2020: Card cloning, High-Speed Ordering/Spending, and High-Risk Merchant Category Code 34% increase in card cloning fraud rate across industries and regions 13% increase in sporting goods purchases compared to last holiday season due to social distancing and prohibited indoor gatherings 36% decrease in fuel purchases compared to Q1 and 89% Drop in Transportation Sector Transactions 75% of customers plan to maintain new digital banking habits SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Feedzai, the world’s leading risk management platform, has announced its Quarterly Financial Crime Report which contains financial crime indicators and… Read More

Criminals exploit Covid-19 as fraud moves increasingly online

Unauthorised fraud fell by eight per cent to £374.3 million in first half of 2020, as the banking industry prevented £853 million of losses. Criminals are exploiting and adapting to Covid-19 with a rise in online data harvesting and a fall in cheque and contactless card fraud. £207.8 million was lost to Authorised Push Payment (APP) fraud, in line with the same period last year. Finance providers were able to return £73.1 million of APP fraud losses to victims, up 86 per cent compared to last year. £47.9 million of losses were reimbursed to victims under APP voluntary Code in first… Read More

INSIGHT: U.K. Tax Authority Getting Ready to Bite on Evasion

The U.K. tax authority is indicating its intention to enforce legislation and investigate corporations for failure to prevent tax evasion. Mukul Chawla QC and Kate Ison of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP review the current status of inquiries and discuss what action organizations need to take to ensure their procedures are robust and compliant. The focus by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on organizations, under the Criminal Finances Act 2017, for the corporate offense of failure to prevent tax evasion, appears to be making steady progress. The number of investigations and inquiries that HMRC is currently undertaking, and the wide… Read More

What are the repercussions if a financial services firm is found guilty of facilitating tax evasion?

The offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion (also known as the Corporate Criminal Offence or CCO) was introduced with great fanfare following the government initiative; ‘No Safe Havens’, which was part of an international initiative to increase tax transparency. As of 31 July 2020, HMRC announced that they had 10 CCO investigations open and a further 22 ‘opportunities under review’, meaning that HMRC are considering whether to open an investigation. Within these 32 investigations or ‘opportunities’, HMRC have disclosed that over a third relate to businesses within the financial sector. Businesses in the financial sector are… Read More

Eight-year NCA investigation denies organised crime group £17 million property portfolio

Fifty nine properties worth an estimated £17 million have been recovered following National Crime Agency investigations into a prolific organised crime group carried out over almost a decade. In addition to a successful criminal investigation, the NCA conducted four linked civil recovery investigations over an eight-and-a-half year period into dozens of individuals who were suspected of financial links to drug dealers in East Birmingham. NCA officers established that the properties were acquired using the proceeds of crime including heroin importation and distribution, fraud and money laundering. Alam and Ameran Zeb Khan have both been convicted of drug trafficking offences, the… Read More


The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Furlough Scheme”) The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) detrimentally impacted not just public health, the NHS and other vital public services, but the economy as a whole.  The impact of the “lockdown” was that overnight a lot of businesses closed or experienced unparalleled revenue shrinkages. This placed jobs at risk. If employers could no longer generate revenue then they could no longer keep on employees.  The spectre of redundancy loomed.  In response, the government introduced The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the ‘Furlough Scheme’). Instead of mass redundancy, businesses could retain staff, as an alternative to redundancy. … Read More