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How to Use Voice Recognition Safely

Voice recognition tools offer a convenient way for banking customers to identify themselves when getting information about their accounts over the phone. In theory, these tools are great — after all, voices are as unique as fingerprints. But unfortunately, there have been some issues with these... (more...)

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How to Convert Documents from Paper to Digital Safely

The move from paper to digital records can seem daunting. Luckily, there are systematic methods to accomplish this transition without too much trouble or a steep learning curve. Essentially, to convert your paper documents to a basic electronic format, all you need is a scanner and a software program... (more...)

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Focus on Fraud Protection and Security to Draw New Clients

Customers want to trust their banks. In fact, they need to trust their financial institutions more than they trust almost any other company or entity. When crafting your marketing plan, make sure you’re talking about your fraud protection and security tactics. That can be a great way to draw new... (more...)

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Do You Know About These Check Fraud Scams?

Although paper check use is declining, check fraud is still popular. In fact, according to some surveys, check fraud is the second most damaging type of scam after home improvement scams. Typically, check scams require the victim to deposit a check in their account, withdraw money, and send the funds... (more...)

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5 Shocking Social Media Scams

Social media. It fills your time with lighthearted fun; it makes you realize you never liked your Uncle Bob or Aunt Diane that much. Regardless of how much you love or loathe social media, if you spend any time there, you need to be aware of potential scams. Just as thieves and pickpockets used to hang... (more...)

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Screening Your Employees: Essential Tips for Financial Institutions

Fraud is a major threat to financial institutions, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always come from the outside. Theft and fraud can also occur internally. To protect your bank, you need to screen your employees. Before hiring your next employee, check out these tips. Understand the FDIC Regulations If... (more...)

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Fraud

When you hear the phrase corporate social responsibility, you may think about a company’s philanthropy and volunteer efforts. You may think about the importance of drafting and following a CSR for branding purposes, or you may even shrug off the idea as an unimportant, overblown buzzword. On some... (more...)

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What Is a Rubber Ducky?

A rubber ducky is just an adorable little bathtub toy for children, right? Well, it used to be, but now, this seemingly innocuous label has been applied to a potentially nefarious hacking tool. The rubber ducky looks like any other USB flash drive, but when you insert the rubber ducky, the computer perceives... (more...)

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How to Protect Your Financial Institution from the Script Kiddies

In the past, hackers had to “work hard” for their gains. They had to create programs and scripts that could steal data or siphon money, but a new generation of hackers doesn’t need to try as hard — meet the script kiddies. These beginner hackers break into computers or ATMs using... (more...)

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What Is Check Kiting?

Also called flagging, check kiting is a form of check fraud. It uses float (the time it takes for a check to clear) to make use of non-existent money in a checking account. In essence, kiting turns bad checks into a form of unauthorized credit, and that’s bad news for banks. Kiting cycles can continue... (more...)

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