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At the championship level, winning sports teams are carefully constructed—each athlete hand-selected based on their physical ability, past athletic achievements, and overall reputation. This process of player evaluation has created sports dynasties like Brazil’s national football team, who won back-to-back World Cups in 1958 and 1962, before winning a third in 1970.  What if you… read more

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Federal Trade Commission Fines Herbal Company $12.8MM Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first case challenging an independent retail website in the use of fake paid reviews (See Figure 1). Cure Encapsulations, Inc., and its owner, Naftula Jacobowitz confirmed allegations that they had indeed made false and unsubstantiated claims for their so-called “fat… read more

The digital payments ecosystem is a complex, interconnected and ever-changing network that is exploited by criminals but can also be leveraged by risk professionals to defeat them. Merchant fraud is…

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At last month’s American Banker’s Association Money Laundering Enforcement Conference in Washington, DC, I attended a session where a representative from the OCC discussed the most common gaps in financial institutions’ BSA/AML programs that led to

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Excellent MAC Midwest Training Event in Dallas on October 1, 2015! The program featured experts from across the industry on topics ranging from EMV to new trends in fraud.

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Today’s regulatory environment is uncertain and difficult to navigate. The risk factors for ACH/Check Processing are unique compared to those for credit card processing. As such, it is important to understand those differences and how to best manage your portfolio risk with thorough due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Additionally, banks are facing…

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Operation Choke Point has produced a spike in activity, with last week yielding two major settlements totaling over $6 million after a year of relative calm. As a result, G2 is reprising our 10 Steps guide for avoiding the unlawful activity that got the two defendant banks in trouble.

Recent headlines from CommerceWest Bank and Plaza Bank continue to underscore the need for a strong due diligence process when managing relationships with merchants and TPPPs. Although both cases involve complicity in fraud, they do highlight the consequences of being involved with such acts as well as how to avoid suspicions of impropriety. In the case of CommerceWest Bank, the pleading outlines several steps to ensure the bank is not abetting consumer fraud by taking precautions when working with payment processor customers including…

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