Tagged: scams

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Larger Crypto Market on Track to Grow Despite FTX Collapse, Global Recession Fears

  Bitcoin (BTC), the flagship cryptocurrency, has fallen from a high of nearly $70,000, which it reached in late 2022, to just over $20,000 at the time of writing. Meanwhile, Ethereum (ETH), the second-largest crypto-asset by market cap and the largest smart contract platform, has… Read More

European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) Identify Good Practices for Financial Education Initiatives on Scams, Cybersecurity

The three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA – ESAs) published a joint thematic Report on national financial education initiatives on digitalization, with “a focus on cybersecurity, scams, and fraud.” The Report identifies good practices “that national competent authorities and other public entities can… Read More

CertiK Unveils Underground Ring of KYC Actors for Hire, Used by Rogue Devs to Scam Web3 Projects

CertiK has unveiled “an underground ring of KYC actors for hire, used by rogue developers to scam Web3 communities.” Basic KYC verifications “are regularly effective at annoying honest retail users, but unfortunately less so at stopping determined criminals from defrauding victims and laundering their stolen… Read More

Visa Report: Even Savvy Consumers Get “Tripped Up” by Language of Fraud

It’s not your “imagination.” Digital scams are “everywhere in our daily lives.” And as the holiday season approaches, fraudsters are “counting on you to let your guard down and take the bait,” according to an update from Visa (NYSE: V). Whether in the workplace or… Read More

Over $2.3B Lost to Web3 Scams, Exploits in 2022, Over 377 Cyberattacks Reported

So far in 2022, $2,338,910,183 billion has been “lost to various scams and exploits in the Web3 world and a total of ~377 attacks recorded this year,” according to an update shared by CertiK. Just like in July, August has “seen the same number of… Read More

FBI Warns that Cybercriminals Are Exploiting Vulnerabilities in Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Platforms

The FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] is warning investors that cybercriminals are “increasingly exploiting vulnerabilities in decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms to steal cryptocurrency, causing investors to lose money.” The FBI has “observed cybercriminals exploiting vulnerabilities in the smart contracts governing DeFi platforms to steal investors’… Read More

Kyle Ferdolage: Lead Trust and Safety Analyst at N26 Says They’re Raising Awareness About Potential Scams

The past 12 months have seen phishing attacks rise 29% globally to reach a new record of 873.9M attacks, with the highest uptake of over 400% in the retail and wholesale industries, according to the 2022 ThreatLabz Phishing Report by ZscalerTM. The United States, Singapore,… Read More

Kåre Kjelstrøm: CTO at Concordium Explains How Blockchain Tech May Enhance Social Media Platforms

We recently connected with Kåre Kjelstrøm, Chief Technology Officer at layer-1 blockchain company Concordium. Kåre, who has an MS in Computer Science from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, is leading the development of Concordium’s blockchain platform – which embeds encrypted ID into on-chain transactions in… Read More

CBA Introduces AI Tech to Protect Clients from Scams

In a bid to prevent more Australians falling victim to scams, Commonwealth Bank has introduced AI tech to detect suspicious and unusual behavior on its virtual banking platforms, keeping more clients safe by alerting them to potential scams. The new AI technology uses machine learning… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority Says it Is Dealing with Scams Faster

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) says it is dealing with scams faster by scanning thousands of websites daily and shutting them down when a nefarious actor appears. The FCA reports that between May 2021 and April 2022, it added 1,966 possible scams or frauds… Read More

These are the Top Countries Committing Fintech Fraud: Report

Fraud and scams will always persist. While the game largely remains the same the methods will change and adapt as technology allows. The cat and mouse process continues with bad actors looking to part honest money from good people and evade immediate detection. Meanwhile, there… Read More

FTC Reports More than $1 Billion Lost to Crypto Fraud Since 2021

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that more than $1 billion has been lost to crypto scams since the beginning of 2021 impacting over 46,000 individuals. According to the FTC, the median individual reported loss stood at $2,600. The top cryptos involved in the… Read More

Singapore’s OCBC Hit With SGD 330M Additional Cap Requirement Following Phishing Scams

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has imposed an additional capital requirement of around SGD 330 million on OCBC Bank. The city-state’s regulatory authority noted that this latest move was in response to the deficiencies in the banking institution’s response to a set of “spoofed”… Read More

BNPL Fintech Laybuy Appoints Risk Management Professional Jamie Byles as Chief Risk Officer

New Zealand’s Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) service provider Laybuy recently revealed that it has appointed risk management professional Jamie Byles as its Chief Risk Officer (CRO). In this position, which is reportedly a part of Laybuy’s senior leadership team and based in London, Jamie… Read More

Bill Sytsma: Senior Vice President at Callsign Reveals How Authorized Push Payment Fraud Poses Threats for Consumers

We recently connected with Bill Sytsma, Senior Vice President at Callsign, a digital trust pioneer servicing some of the top banks in the US, to discuss authorized push payment (APP) fraud. Bill began working at Callsign in January 2021, where he is responsible for the… Read More

Millions of UK Consumers Now at Risk of Fraud after “Ignoring” Bank Payment Warnings: Report

Millions of UK bank account holders are “putting themselves at a much greater risk” of fraud by ignoring warnings provided by the Confirmation of Payee (CoP) service. This, according to research by Lloyds Bank. When sending funds online to someone that hasn’t been paid before,… Read More

Croatian Lender Robo.cash Comments on Red Flags in P2P Investments, How to Spot Scams

In recent years, the peer-to-peer market has become “a competitive alternative to traditional assets due to attractive returns on investments, their predictability (yield and term are known in advance), ease of management and low volatility.” according to an update from Robo.cash. However, Robocash clarifies that… Read More

Fraudulent Activities are Reportedly being Ignored on Zelle by its Founders

Banking institutions appear to be ignoring the problem of fraudulent activities allegedly being carried out via Zelle, a new report reveals, with large financial service providers that founded the service not really caring or concerned about issues with the digital payments platform. Zelle has quickly… Read More

Meta and Fintech Chime to Reportedly Sue Alleged Phishing Scam Artists Operating in Nigeria

Mark Zuckerberg‘s Meta is teaming up Fintech Chime in order to go after (alleged) Nigerian scammers that the firms claim have been using social media channels to trick or deceive unsuspecting users out of their hard-earned cash. As reported by Newsweek, the lawsuit marks the… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore to Develop a Framework for Equitable Sharing of Losses from Scams

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently noted that banks in the Southeast Asian country have “substantially” implemented the additional measures to enhance the security of virtual banking announced on 19 January 2022. The measures, taken together, offer a “significant” added layer of security to… Read More