ACUANT BLOG

IACSP Interview with Acuant’s Paul Townsend, CISSP

Originally published in the June 2022 issue of IACSP. "In a new interview we speak with digital identity expert Paul Townsend, CISSP of Acuant, a GBG company. Here we discuss the key changes to the fraud landscape impacting US government...

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Following the Money: Preventing Money Mules & Laundering

Read an excerpt of our newest eBook, Following the Money: Preventing Money Mules & Laundering, below. What is a Money Mule? Though awareness of drug mules may be more common, they are not the only type of (human) mules exploited...

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How Fintechs Can Protect Data Privacy During Onboarding

Approximately 149 million Americans don’t think companies do enough to safeguard their information. Overcoming this consumer skepticism with a secure and consent-based data collection policy will be instrumental for fintechs when onboarding new and repeat customers. Acuant and IDology attended...

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KYC, AML & What it Means for Crypto

While the terms AML and KYC are sometimes thrown around interchangeably, they differ in meaning and in practice and are far less established when it comes to the crypto space. Currently, there is no cryptocurrency-specific federal mandate in the United...

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Why First Impressions at Customer Onboarding are Key to Building Trust

Research has confirmed that not only do humans base a significant amount of their short and long-term judgments on their first impressions, but they form those judgments very quickly. In fact, a series of experiments by psychologists from Princeton University...

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3 Types of Identity Fraud to Watch Out For

The stealing of identities and identity data continues to be a primary and successful target for fraudsters. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)1, there were 5.74 million fraud reports in 2021 in the United States, up from 4.87 million...

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Acuant Compliance Sanctions Update 5.9.22: The Russia-Ukraine Crisis

New sanctions packages are still being announced as part of ongoing attempts by global leaders to halt Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine. To learn more about previously imposed sanctions, read our introductory sanctions blog and our 3.7.22, 3.21.22, 4.8.22 and...

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Acuant Compliance Sanctions Update 4.28.22: The Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Additional global sanctions have been introduced by world leaders as Russia’s military assault on Ukraine continues. For previously imposed sanctions, read our introductory sanctions blog and our 3.7.22, 3.21.22 and 4.8.22 sanctions updates. Continue reading to learn about some of...

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Acuant Compliance Sanctions Update 4.8.22: The Russia-Ukraine Crisis

New sanctions have been announced by the United States, United Kingdom and countries in the European Union as Russia continues—the initial attack was at the end of February of this year—its aggressive assault on Ukraine. For previously imposed sanctions, read...

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How to Reduce False Positives with Sanctions Screening

Sanctions screening is a key control in the prevention of financial crime risk which financial institutions (FIs) may otherwise be exposed to. Screening should be undertaken to assist with the identification of sanctioned individuals and organizations, as well as the...

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Acuant Compliance Sanctions Update 3.21.22: The Russia-Ukraine Crisis

As the attack on Ukraine continues, additional sanctions have been announced by the United States, European Union and United Kingdom, to name a few. For previously imposed sanctions, read our introductory sanctions blog and our 3.7.22 sanctions update. Continue reading...

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NFTs & the Threat of Rising Fraud

The popularity of cryptocurrency continues to skyrocket. In an estimated 567% increase from the prior year, 2021 saw a $15.8 trillion total crypto transaction volume1. NFTs also exploded that same year. Trading of NFTs increased by a significant 21,000% compared...

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