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Blockchain: not the silver bullet against fraud that many expect it to be

BBVA and Ripple in blockchain cross-border payments trial

Anyone that picks up any business publication has no doubt read about blockchain. Conceptualised around the same time as the financial crisis in 2008, blockchain as originally conceived served as a digital ledger to publicly record cryptocurrency transactions and execute contracts.

Barclays backs British fraud fightback

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Barclays has unveiled its new £10 million digital safety drive in the UK as it wants to increase the public’s awareness of financial fraud risks. As part of its plan, it will offer new debit card choices to let customers turn on and off remote spending and change ATM limits. It has revealed a new […]

Hackers cybersquatting on hundreds of UK bank domains

And here go RUB 2 billion...

Cybersquatters have wormed their way onto hundreds of websites and are tricking web users into thinking they’re clicking on to UK high street bank websites. According to research by DomainTools, a DNS-based cyber threat intelligence firm, it found 324 registered domains using the trademarked names of five of the UK’s top high street banks – […]

BBVA buys Mexican payments start-up Openpay

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BBVA Bancomer, a fully owned subsidiary of BBVA, has acquired Mexico-based payments start-up Openpay to tap into its network of more than 15,000 payment reception points across the country. Openpay offers a platform for physical and electronic payments for businesses via its real-time Paynet network. According to BBVA, the start-up manages more than one million […]

Kid me not fraud with GoHenry digital deal

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GoHenry, a UK-based digital banking solution to help young people manage their money, has appointed fraud prevention firm Featurespace to safeguard customers’ accounts. GoHenry was founded by a group of parents to help young people aged six to 18 “learn good money habits”. It is a subscription service, which offers a prepaid debit card and […]

Swift calling time on cybercrime with new payment controls

New addition to Swift's network

Swift has unveiled a new real-time payment controls service to add to its customers’ existing fraud controls. The new fraud and cybercrime prevention service will enable its customers to screen their payment messages according to their own chosen parameters, “enabling them to immediately detect any unusual message flows before transmission”. Yawar Shah, chairman of Swift, […]

Bank of England implicated in Libor rigging by secret recording

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A secret recording that implicates the Bank of England (BoE) in Libor rigging has been uncovered by the current affairs programme, BBC Panorama. Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate) is used by banks to set prices of financial products. Last year, several ex-Barclays workers were found guilty of manipulating the Libor interest rate between 2005 and […]

Credit card complaints in US on the rise – CFPB’s latest report

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Billing disputes and fraud, identity theft and embezzlement are among the most common complaints that US consumers have about their credit cards, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Financial fraud fools UK out of £769m

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Impersonation and deceptive double-dealing play their mischievous part in creating massive amounts of financial fraud in the UK. According to figures from Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK), losses across payment cards, remote banking and cheques totalled £768.8 million in 2016, an increase of 2% on the previous year. Katy Worobec, director of FFA UK, […]

Wells Fargo settles account-scandal claims but runs afoul of federal regulator

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Wells Fargo will pay $110 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by US consumers over a scandal about fake accounts its employees set up for customers without their knowledge. But the trouble continues for the bank, which has received a dim evaluation from a federal regulator.

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