Don't Become a Victim of Fraud

Things you should never keep in your wallet


When Jane Santucci parked by a popular hiking trail near her home in Indiana this summer, she hid her purse under a folded beach blanket locked in her car—something she’d been doing for years without incident.

This time, a thief broke in. Among the things lost along with Santucci’s wallet: her credit card, driver’s license, Starbucks gift card, warehouse club card, library card, checkbook and medical insurance card.

“It is unbelievable how many things you don’t think about” that are in your wallet, said the 33-year-old from Terre Haute. That is, “until you need it and remember it was in there.”

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Protect Your Customers From Cyber Monday Scams

5 ways to stop cyber Monday from becoming a fraudster's field day


Cyber Monday is nearly upon us, and while it's expected to break records as scores of shoppers flock to the Internet for gifting needs, the onslaught might have another, more insidious consequence. 

Fraudsters are expected to be on the prowl big time too. And they’ve been given some new motivation as chip cards, also known as EMV cards (short for Europay, Mastercard, and Visa), start their phase in, following an October deadline.

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MagSpoof vs American Express

A $10 tool can guess (and steal) your next credit card number


When Samy Kamkar lost his American Express card last August and received its replacement in the mail, something about the final digits on the new card set off an alert in the hacker lobe of his brain. He compared the numbers with those of his previous three American Express cards—as a universally curious security researcher and serial troublemaker, he’d naturally recorded them all—and a pattern emerged...

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Money Laundering in China, From Fine Art to Casinos

China busts $64 billion underground banking ring

CNN Money

Chinese officials have busted the country's largest-ever underground banking ring, involving transactions totaling $64 billion.

Some 100 suspects from eight gangs have been detained since police in eastern China launched the investigation last September, according to official state media.

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Arms Fraud in Nigeria

Nigeria will arrest its ex-security chief for $2 billion arms fraud while Boko Haram ran riot


President Buhari has ordered the arrest of Nigeria’s former national security adviser for allegedly stealing up to $2 billion in fraudulent arm dealings which deprived the Nigerian army of ammunition and equipment at the peak of its battles with Boko Haram’s insurgents.

It follows an audit of arms and military equipment procurement since 2007. The probe is said to have unveiled fraudulent practices by high-ranking officials including the former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki, who had already been sacked in July a few weeks after Buhari took office.

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Fingerprint Algorithms

What hackers can do with your fingerprints


Fingerprint scans are being used to authenticate transactions on various payment platforms. 

Credit card fraud has been a persistent problem in recent years, particularly in the U.S. where the transition to EMV chip-enabled credit cards has only just begun. 

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