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Navigating the future of fraud prevention: Insights from the fraud leaders’ summit

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Just last week, I had the chance to join around 100 other fraud prevention experts at the Fraud Leaders’ Summit 2024 right in the heart of London. Spanning over two days, this event proved to be an incredible space not just for networking, but for deep dives into the latest fraud trends, discussing what’s currently making waves, and speculating on future challenges alongside professionals from a wide array of industries.

I’m here to share some key takeaways and reflections from those packed days. It’s interesting to note how some topics, while frequently covered in the media and among our community, still brought fresh insights and reminders of the significant, evolving challenges our UK counterparts are tackling head-on.

A closer look at the main takeaways

Tackling APP scams in the UK: A growing concern

In the UK, Authorized Push Payment (APP) scams have become a troubling trend, reaching levels so alarming that it sparked governmental action to enhance victim protection. During the summit, we dove deep into two particularly insidious types of scams leading to fraudulent APPs that are wreaking havoc: scams born from marketplace ads and the all-too-familiar IT-support cons.

The marketplace scams, where a simple click on a fake ad can lead unsuspecting users to directly funnel money to fraudsters, are notoriously tricky to spot. Financial institutions (FIs) in the UK are recently finding themselves at the frontline, accountable for losses, which amps up the pressure on major platforms, like Meta, to step up their game in fraud detection and prevention.

On the other hand, IT-support scams are thriving unabated. In these scenarios, fraudsters cunningly coax victims into sharing their screen and guide them through various steps until they gain control of the session to complete a transfer. It was quite the revelation for many – especially banking professionals – to learn about technologies capable of detecting such deceit in real-time. Knowing when a customer’s screen is being shared or if a suspicious app runs as they access their banking portal can be crucial in preempting fraud, allowing institutions a golden window to intervene before any real damage is done.


Knowing when a customer’s screen is being shared or if a suspicious app runs as they access their banking portal can be crucial in preempting fraud, allowing institutions a golden window to intervene before any real damage is done.

– Simon Marchand, CFE, C.Adm.


Discovering the simplicity with which this technology can be deployed to safeguard transactions was nothing short of a game-changer for attendees.

Navigating mule accounts and proxy use in fraud prevention

Lately, there’s been a noticeable uptick in concern surrounding mule accounts. Despite advancements in anti-fraud technologies aimed at detecting prematurely opened accounts or fraudulent transfers, criminals have increasingly turned to using mules – a method thought to have diminished in recent years. Back before the pandemic, the risk of involving others in fraudulent activities and the ease of using stolen identities had seen this method decline. However, as financial institutions have tightened their defenses, fraudsters are reverting to this traditional tactic, recruiting individuals to knowingly lend their identities for account creation, even partaking in ID verification processes to sidestep emerging fraud controls.

What stood out in our discussions was the realization that many anti-fraud teams lack the tools necessary to effectively combat these evolving strategies. Enter the potential of advanced geolocation and device fingerprinting technologies – a combination that could revolutionize how we identify and track fraudulent activity. By pinpointing the original location of an account’s activation and noting its subsequent irregular usage patterns, we can start to piece together a clearer picture of mule account operations. The ability to correlate all account activity to a single location or a limited set of devices emerges as a promising avenue to uncover, link multiple mule accounts, and pre-empt potential fraud losses.


For many of us, exploring these solutions opened new pathways and provided a fresh perspective on formulating more robust strategies to counteract these sophisticated schemes.

Bridging compliance and fraud prevention: A shift in strategy

One of the standout themes of the summit revolved around how the lines between compliance obligations and fraud prevention efforts are becoming increasingly blurred. The aftermath of high-profile cases, such as the one involving Binance last December, has amplified the need for technologies that serve dual purposes, encouraging a more unified approach within organizations.

Historically, compliance and fraud prevention might have operated in silos, but there’s a growing realization that technologies exist which can empower both sectors simultaneously. This realization has sparked a shift towards considering solutions that offer both robust fraud defense mechanisms and compliance capabilities. 

A prime example of this shift is the movement away from traditional IP-based geolocation methods, which have proven to be insufficient for the complex demands of modern compliance and fraud prevention. The discussions at the summit illuminated how advanced geolocation technology is stepping up to fill this gap, offering the granularity and accuracy required to meet stringent compliance requirements while also providing a powerful tool against fraud. This technology allows organizations to accurately pinpoint where a user is connecting from, verify if transactions are occurring within OFAC-sanctioned jurisdictions, and even identify potential fraud rings operating from consolidated locations.

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What’s particularly exciting is how this technology offers a pathway to identify and prevent the opening of fraudulent accounts and unauthorized transactions before they result in financial loss or compliance violations. This cohesive strategy not only enhances organizational security but also ensures adherence to regulatory obligations – a win-win for compliance and fraud teams alike.

The summit’s focus on these integrative technologies highlighted a pivotal evolution in how we approach the twin challenges of compliance and fraud prevention. It’s a refreshing change that promises significant benefits for organizations committed to making impactful investments in their operational integrity. 

Reflecting on the Fraud Leaders’ Summit 2024, it’s clear we’re onto something big. Meeting with experts in London opened up a world of possibilities in fraud prevention. From tackling APP scams to decoding the complexities of mule accounts, the summit was a treasure trove of insights. What stood out to me was the understanding around how advanced geolocation and device fingerprinting technologies can help in this space and revolutionize our approach to fraud prevention. 

The path ahead is challenging, but the energy and unity at the summit prove we’re more than ready to take it on. The strategies discussed have set a new standard in the fight against fraud, showing us that together, we’re not just reacting to threats; we’re outsmarting them.

If you’re intrigued by the potential of these technologies or keep to dive deeper into fraud prevention strategies, let’s connect. Our team is ready to explore these groundbreaking solutions with you.

Reach out now and join us in defining the future of fraud prevention.

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