The Director of a financing company has received a ten-year ban after heading a false invoice scheme to secure £4 million of illegitimate funds. David Marsden, from Exeter, was the Director of finance company First Capital Factors (FCF). Incorporated in 2009, FCF offered recourse factoring facilities for small and medium businesses where they would buy a company’s…

A total of £503.4 million was stolen by criminals through authorised and unauthorised fraud in the first six months of 2018, new data from UK Finance shows. During the same period, the finance industry prevented £705.7 million of unauthorised fraud, equivalent to £2 in every £3 of attempted unauthorised fraud. Newly-collected data, published for the…

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued credit reference agency Equifax with a £500,000 fine for failing to protect the personal information of up to 15 million UK citizens during a cyber attack in 2017. The incident, which happened between 13 May and 30 July 2017 in the US, affected 146 million customers globally. The…

The winners of the second annual  2018 Credit & Collections Technology Awards have been revealed. There were sixteen winners from the eighteen Awards categories which are covered by four main headings of Credit, Collections, Credit & Collections services and Innovation. The awards ceremony was held at Credit Services Association’s (CSA) annual Gala dinner at the…

An increased focus on compliance risks detracting businesses from making investments to protect their organisation against fraud, according to new research by TransUnion (formerly Callcredit). The research, part of which forms the Fraud Fortress report, revealed that compliance is the area most commonly expected to drive increased expenditure (64%), potentially at the expense of prevention…

One in four (23%) consumers have been victims of fraud when shopping online – with 8% duped more than once, according to the inaugural Shieldpay Fraud Tracker. The cost of online scams is significant. Those which were tricked whilst purchasing an item online lost £608 on average – with one in seven (14%) victims defrauded…

Fraud prevention service, Cifas has released new figures showing that identity fraud has fallen for the first time since 2014.  Cifas members recorded 84,463 cases in the first six months of the year, a 5% drop compared to the same period in 2017 (89,199).  Despite the reduction, identity fraud still represents over half of all…

The finalists for Credit Connect’s second annual Credit & Collections Technology Awards 2018, the UK’s celebration of tech innovators in credit and collections, have been revealed. The Credit & Collections Technology Awards, organised by Credit Connect, brings together credit and collections technology executives to honour the industry’s leading players across 18 categories.  The Technology focused-Awards scheme seeks…

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest statistics for crime in England and Wales which indicate that fraud offences remain stable. Josh Gunnell, Head of Fraud & ID Pre-Sales, TransUnion (formerly Callcredit), said “The volume of fraud offences in the past year has remained relatively stable meaning that the risk of becoming a victim of…

Nearly two thirds (63%) of businesses believe that a malicious data breach by an employee is a significant threat (up from 41% in 2017), according to Callcredit’s 2018 annual fraud report. The study, entitled Building a Fraud Fortress, examines how businesses can protect themselves, their customers and their staff, and finds that fraud leaders are…