Tagged: consumer protection

Open Banking: UK Fintechs have Asked FCA to Adopt a More Market-led Approach to Open Finance Services

Fintech companies are reportedly urging the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to “break” banks during 2021. A group of London-based startups is asking the FCA to look into ending the control and dominance of traditional banking institutions, specifically their use of consumer data. The companies… Read More

UK’s FCA Issues Warnings about Loan Fee Fraud, Cryptoassets-related and Coroanvirus Scams, especially During Holidays

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued “Three Wise Warnings” for the nation’s consumers. The financial regulator has cautioned that customers should look out for loan fee fraud this Christmas or holiday season. The FCA notes that if you’ve been asked to pay some… Read More

Survey Shows Buy Now, Pay Later Services Might Lead to UK Consumers Going into Debt due to Financial Mismanagement

A new survey from Capco has revealed that consumers must receive proper information and educational materials so that they can responsibly use Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) platforms and services. According to the study, BNPL services must also be regulated properly. Capco’s research found that… Read More

Digital Payments Surge in 2020, while Distributed Ledger Tech is in Focus for Digital Currency Solutions, Efficiency Enhancements: Report

Capgemini has released a new report titled, Payments – Top Trends 2021: Drivers, Opportunities, and Risks Shaping Financial Services. While highlighting key Fintech trends in the payments sector, the extensive report noted that Payments-as-a-Service has gained significant “traction” among small- and mid-tier institutions. It added… Read More

UK Fintech Lanistar Claims it’s Part-Owned by Some of the “World’s Most Influential People,” FCA Removes Warning

After introducing its platform in March 2020, UK Fintech Lanistar has been struggling to establish its operations. As reported recently, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) had issued a warning that Lanistar was not authorized to provide services to consumers. The digital banking Fintech platform attracted… Read More

E-Commerce Fraud Prevention Solution Provider Forter Secures $125 Million via Series E Round at $1.3 Billion Valuation

Forter, an established e-commerce fraud prevention solution provider, has secured $125 million in capital through a Series E investment round. Forter’s latest round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Felix Capital and Itai Tsiddon. Sequoia Capital, NewView Capital, Scale Venture Partners, March Capital Partners and… Read More

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Issues Warning Against Unauthorized Fintech Firm Lanistar

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently issued a warning regarding Fintech firm Lanistar Ltd. The financial regulator has cautioned that they believe the company has been offering financial products or services in the UK without its authorization. The FCA noted that would-be investors must… Read More

Web 3.0 Projects Mysterium Network and Sentinel Form Alliance to Protect Users from Data Hacks, Cybercrime, Surveillance Activities

Web 3.0 related projects Mysterium Network and Sentinel have established an alliance that will focus on protecting Internet users from data hacks, cybercrime, and excessive surveillance activities while they’re conducting activities online. According to a release, the new “decentralized” VPN (dVPN) alliance is currently open… Read More

World Economic Forum Recommends Adopting Clear and Actionable Cybersecurity Guidelines for Fintech Firms

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Fintech Cybersecurity Consortium was established in 2018. It aims to help protect the global financial ecosystem, which now includes large organizations with “high levels of cybersecurity maturity” and fast-growing Fintech firms that are offering emerging technologies such as AI, Big… Read More

Cybercrime and Banking Fraud Alert: State Bank of India, Nation’s Largest Lender, Reminds Customers to Never Share Personal Details with Anyone

The State of Bank of India (SBI) has again cautioned against the increasing number of fraudulent activities targeting unsuspecting bank account holders. The SBI is a multinational, public sector banking and financial services statutory body that’s headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Last year, it was ranked… Read More

Binance Is “Operating a Recognized Market Without Authorization,” the Malaysian Securities Commission Warns, Public Advised Not to Make Investments with Such Firms

The Securities Commission (SC) of Malaysia, which recently warned residents about facing lengthy prison sentences and fines for operating unlicensed Cryptocurrency ATMs, has specifically mentioned that Binance, the world’s largest digital asset exchange, is not authorized to offer services in the country. The Malaysian SC… Read More

Financial Inclusion: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Introduces Project to Help Underserved US Businesses and Individuals

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), an independent bureau within the US Department of the Treasury that serves to charter, regulate, and supervise all national banks  (among other responsibilities), has introduced an initiative that aims to promote greater financial inclusion of unserved… Read More

Scam Alert: Fintech Zopa Warns that Many Fraudsters are Using Emails and Texts to Find and Target Unsuspecting Consumers

Fintech Zopa, which offers online lending services in a fund based fashion, has warned that scammers have been taking advantage of the current situation. According to a report from Action Fraud, victim losses due to the fraudulent activity related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March… Read More

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