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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Investigation Houston

Did ING and PAYVISION partner in crime?

Ruthlessness reaches a new high! Despite being aware of ongoing criminal proceedings for culpable money laundering,  despite pledging to the Dutch prosecutor to try hard to remedy compliance shortcomings (under the oversight of DNB), and despite being very well aware of the dirty kind of business PAYVISION was in, ING

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WArning issued by FCA

Mass of public warnings and Payvision ignored them all !

The Pursuit of Justice for Victims of Payvision/ING Since 2019, the European Fund for Retail Investors (EFRI) has championed the cause of over 300 victims, seeking reimbursements from PAYVISION, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ING, one of Europe’s leading banks. PAYVISION, akin to WIRECARD, facilitated numerous cyber trading platforms, acting as

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Money flow in the card systems

Why do scammers need to work with card companies!

The only purpose of doing scams is to get hold of victims’ money.   With the “Follow the Money” approach becoming a well-known investigation tool for the prosecutors, opaqueness, and complexity in structuring the money flow from the victims to the scammers are critical for cybercriminals.  The more opaque and

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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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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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Holding credit card companies accountable

Holding VISA accountable for processing illegal transactions!

EFRI always was convinced that payment companies like PAYVISION or Wirecard willingly and knowingly process illegal transactions for Cybercriminals are to be held accountable. The European supervisory authorities massively fail to do this job. So victims have to go legally against the fraud-enabling payment processors. EFRI supports victims that  filed

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