COVID-19: Prevent, Detect,

and Mitigate Financial Crime

Criminals are opportunists – they ascertain who is most desperate and vulnerable and where the greatest weaknesses exist and then exploit them.  Every February, one can expect to see articles warning about unscrupulous actors catfishing lonely-hearts or using one of the many dating apps to spread malware or ransomware. 

Consider the extraordinary display of fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a time of great human vulnerability and institutional weakness; in fact, the criminal activity prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to establish the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF), when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region.  Since 2005, the NCDF has received more than 95,000 disaster fraud complaints 

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the $2 trillion U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide economic relief to families and businesses in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Unfortunately, it is not a matter of if bad actors will exploit weakness and vulnerability during this crisis – but the scale of it.  


EXPECTED COVID-19 SCAMS

  • Imposter Scams: fraudulently acting on behalf of an unwitting charity or government agency to solicit donations and/or obtain personal/private information.
  • Product Scams: promoting products that make false health claims to prevent or cure COVID-19.
  • Insider Trading: SEC and FinCEN are receiving reports regarding COVID-19 related to insider trading
  • Phishing Scams: emails sent by a fraudster claiming to be a legitimate company that encourages the recipient to click a hyperlink which enables malware to be downloaded or PII to be collected
  • Administrative fees. The check is a counterfeit check and the victim’s bank account is drained of money.

Learn more about FastStart, the COVID-19-related solution that ThetaRay has developed for financial institutions.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Fighting Financial Crimes Effectively During Unstable Times

July 22, 2020, 11am CET

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Moderator

Yaron Hazan:

VP Regulatory Affairs, ThetaRay

Speakers

Jonathan Halevy:

Director of Sales, ThetaRay

Matis Maeker:

Head of AML/CFT Estonian FSA, Member of the MONEYVAL Bureau

Matthew Redhead:

Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Financial Crime and Security Studies

Mark Schnieder:

Financial Crime Risk Specialist, TransferWise

Combate contra el crimen financiero durante COVID-19: reduzca los falsos positivos, acelere las investigaciones

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Webinar: Fighting Financial Crime During COVID-19 – The New Normal

April 28, 2020

Join our distinguished panel of experts as they discuss:

  • How are regulators showing flexibility in their supervisory approach
  • What new risks do FIs face as workers go remote and criminal activity increases
  • What are leading institutions doing to manage these new risks and comply with regulators
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Webinar: Financial Crime: Reduce the Noise, Accelerate Time to Investigation

May 27th, 2020

As a result of challenges around , ThetaRay created FastStart: offering the power of ThetaRay’s machine-learning platform into a solution that takes weeks to go-live and achieves results like these:

  • 50% acceleration in analyst triage times for high-priority alerts
  • 40% reduction in overall false-positive noise
  • 30% fewer 3rd-party alerts
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