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Fraud Prevention Blog

Fraud during the time of Pandemic

Posted by Sean Trundy on Thu, Jul 30, 2020 @ 11:27 AM

Cashiers and Tellers Report Unable to “Feel” whether Money is Real or Not

During our twenty years of selling counterfeit currency detection equipment, one of the most common “objections” to our presentations that we have heard from companies both large and small is that they didn’t need our counterfeit detection products because they can train their frontline people to recognize fake money by hand – be testing how the paper feels.surgical gloves and cash

Topics: authenticating drivers licenses, counterfeit fraud

Could This New Technology Prevent Counterfeiting?

Posted by Sean Trundy on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

Scientists out of the National University of Singapore have found a method of utilizing nanohole technology to potentially prevent the counterfeiting of documents, credit cards, currency, and ID cards. The new technology was designed to incorporate over 34,000 nanoholes on an "ultra-capacity nano-photon sieve" surface. This surface would ensure that holograms could not be replicated by counterfeiting fraudsters.

Topics: counterfeit news, counterfeit money, counterfeit fraud, counterfeit detection, counterfeit credit cards, counterfeit ID, counterfeit fraud prevention

Reliable Detection Processes for Fake Bills

Posted by Sean Trundy on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 12:40 PM

Counterfeit money has been around as long as authentic money. Even some of the very first western coins were not exempt from counterfeiting, and realistic-looking plated copies have been found. Prior to paper money, counterfeiting was actually quite time-consuming and involved mixing nearly worthless base metals with genuine silver or gold. With the advent of paper money, counterfeiting became easier and more profitable. Today’s fraudsters simply need the right kind of paper, a good printer and decent computer graphics skills to print their own fake bills.

Topics: counterfeit money, fake money, counterfeit fraud, counterfeit detection, counterfeit money detectors

Empower Point of Sale Employees With Fraud-Fighting Technology

Posted by Sean Trundy on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @ 01:52 PM

Employees tasked with running cash registers and point of sale (POS) systems are a store’s first defense against check and currency fraud. Training point of sale employees to detect fraudulent identity documents, counterfeit money, and other problematic materials is an essential part of bolstering a company’s resistance to loss and theft. However, even the best training programs cannot take the place of specially designed fraud resistance equipment. Items like counter-mounted ultraviolet lights provide valuable support in loss prevention and company security.

Topics: fraud protection tips, retail fraud, counterfeit money, fake money, counterfeit fraud, counterfeit detection, fraud prevention protection, counterfeit fraud prevention, counterfeit money detectors, fraud prevention

Consumers Express Concern Over Protecting Financial Information

Posted by Sean Trundy on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 07:24 AM

Counterfeiting and identity theft are major concerns for the public, and safety of private financial information is very important to the American people. According to a recent survey commissioned by a major credit card company, 77% of those polled explained that they worry about their financial and Social Security information being compromised.

Topics: identity theft, fraud protection tips, credit card fraud, fraud news, counterfeit fraud, fraud prevention protection, counterfeit fraud prevention, fraud prevention

Making the Case for Ultraviolet Counterfeit Detectors

Posted by Sean Trundy on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 08:39 AM

For as long as governing bodies have released official documents and notes, counterfeiting has been an accompanying issue. This deceptive practice dates all the way back to ancient Rome, when counterfeiters would actually shave small flecks of gold and silver off of coins in order to make their own money. In this perpetual game of cat-and-mouse, it often seems like counterfeiters are always able to stay one step ahead of countermeasures

Topics: counterfeit money, counterfeit fraud, counterfeit detection, counterfeit credit cards, counterfeit ID, counterfeit fraud prevention, counterfeit money detectors

Oct, 7 2014- Is Your Business Prepared for the Holidays?

Posted by Alisha Acosta on Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 12:54 PM

The holiday season is nearing meaning the busiest time of the year for retail businesses is arriving. This is the time of the year in which spending increases but also the times of the year when businesses are more susceptible to transactional fraud in the form of counterfeit currency, counterfeit credit cards and identity theft. It is important that your business is prepared to handle the influx of transactions that will come at this time of year and the possible fraudulent vulnerabilities that business are susceptible to during this season.

Topics: identity theft, counterfeit money, fake money, counterfeit fraud, fraud prevention protection, counterfeit money detectors, fraud prevention

May 30, 2013 - Peru is Counterfeit Currency Capitol

Posted by Sean Trundy on Thu, May 30, 2013 @ 03:27 AM

Topics: counterfeit money, counterfeit fraud, counterfeit detection, counterfeit money detectors

Apr. 02, 2013 - BSA Compliance - Identity Theft Verification

Posted by Sean Trundy on Tue, Apr 02, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

Bank Secrecy Act compliance is more important than ever to companies that deal with “covered transactions”.  The cost of fraud has exceeded one trillion dollars and is on the rise.  The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) was put in place to assist government agencies with stopping money laundering. 

There are three main requirements that the BSA insists of financial institutions to maintain Bank Secrecy Act compliance:

  • 1. Keep records for cash purchases of negotiable instruments
  • 2. File reports of these purchases
  • 3. Report any activity that may be indicative of tax evasion, money laundering or other illegal activities

Topics: regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, bank secrecy act, counterfeit fraud

How much fake money is in circulation?

Posted by Sean Trundy on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 @ 04:41 AM

Most people associate the United States Secret Service with the protection of the President and others whose continuing well-being is deemed to be in the national interest.   Abraham Lincoln did not, however establish the Service for protection but, rather, to fight currency counterfeiting that ran rampant during the Civil War.  Historians estimate that one thousand out of approximately thirteen hundred banks then in operation were the victims of the Confederacy’s attempt to destroy the Union economy by circulating counterfeit money.

So, is counterfeiting as big a problem today as it was during the Civil War?  No.  The Federal Reserve estimates that as of February 29, 2012 there was approximately $1.09 trillion in circulation, of which $1.05 trillion was in Federal Reserve notes.  Up to two thirds of U.S. currency in circulation worldwide is held outside of the United States, so approximately only $303 billion circulates domestically.   Let us assume that the entire amount of $261 million of counterfeit currency seized by the Secret Service in 2011 was removed solely from circulation in the United States.  If so, it means that less than 0.086% of currency circulated in the U.S. in 2011 was fake money ($261 million/$303 billion) .  Furthermore, authorities reported that 6.5 counterfeit banknotes are passed as real currency out of every 1 million banknotes in U.S. circulation.  Again, this hardly seems like a significant sum and certainly not one that would generally signal a cause for alarm, right? 

Topics: counterfeit money, counterfeit fraud, counterfeit detection, counterfeit money detectors