how to fight payment fraud

How the EU plans to tackle payment fraud!

The payments landscape has undergone significant changes over the past decade. The changes have been mainly driven by fast-paced technological advancements. Digital payments in the EU have steadily increased, reaching a value of EUR 240 trillion in 2021 (compared to EUR 184.2 trillion in 2017). This trend has been accelerated

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AMLA goes to frankfurt

AMLA in Frankfurt or to “to set a fox to guard the henhouse”

On 22 February 2024, the EU Council and the EU Parliament voted 28 to 26 to establish the new Anti-Money Laundering Authority in Frankfurt, Germany. This authority, anticipated in the highly regarded EU Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Package, is expected to play a crucial role in combating money laundering within the

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GPay contract

Was Payvision an accomplice to the scammers?

For over four years, we have meticulously examined criminal files to decipher the operations of Barak and Lenhoff´s criminal organization and the involvement of Payment Service Providers (PSPs) in these schemes. In recent months, as we collected information for the ongoing civil proceedings against Payvision and Deutsche Bank, we have

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court room

Criminal trials around Barak´s and Lenhoff´s criminal organizations.

The criminal organization around Gal and Marina Barak, Uwe Lenhoff, Gery Shalon, Vlad Smirnov and their service providers (call centers, marketing affiliates, payment service providers) defrauded tens of thousands of innocent retail investors with their fraudulent websites (optionstarsglobal, xtraderfx, safemarkets, cryptopoint, goldenmarkets, zoomtrader, option888, xmarkets, tradovest, tradeinvest90) during the years

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FCA Letter 16 March 2023

Will the Consumer Duty solve the UK payment industry issue?

In July 2022, the British FCA  (Financial Conduct Authority) confirmed that it would be introducing a higher standard of customer protection, requiring regulated firms (including payment institutions and e-money companies) to put their customers’ needs first.  The new “Consumer Duty” rule consists of three elements: New consumer principle. The new

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ING

ING´s checkered money laundering track record!

There are rumors that ING is eager to do a new settlement agreement with the Dutch authorities for the Payvision money laundering case. ING is quite experienced in doing settlement agreements for money laundering cases letting the shareholders pay the fine.  But considering ING´s checkered money laundering track record it

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Case Study_ payment Institutions

Acquirers are liable for enabling the Wolf of Sofia´s scams

Why are acquirers to be held accountable for illegal activities The digitalization pushed by governments worldwide and praised for its benefits in efficiency and productivity comes with high risks for consumers. Online fraud is by now the most commonly experienced crime. In England and Wales, fraud accounts for approximately 41%

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annual report about Payvision

Open Letter to ING´s ESG Committee

ING ´s ESG Committee is to enforce adherence to ESG principles On March 9, 2023 the Dutch ING Groep NV published its annual report for 2022. In this annual report ING Groep NV talks a lot about social responsibility (compare the section: STAYING SAFE AND SECURE) and about the essential

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We need efficient and effective anti money laundering enforcement in Europe!

EFRI`s open letter to the European Authorities in charge of anti-money laundering. Based on our findings of the activities of some European licensed Payment Institutions  and e-money institutions in the online  fraud industry (in specific Payvision B.V., Wirecard Bank AG, Moneynet Int LTD)  we formulated some recommendations and established an

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ING is phasing out PAYVISION

Another Open Letter to ING and DNB about PAYVISION!

The phasing out process of PAYVISION ends today (June 30, 2022)! On October 28, 2021, ING announced that it would start phasing out the business activities of its subsidiary PAYVISION as a payment service provider (PSP) and acquirer. According to the announcement, this was done after a thorough evaluation of

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