The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued another COVID-19 related alert for financial institutions about cyber-enabled crime and payment fraud schemes that continue to rise during the pandemic. The latest alert, issued July 30, focuses on the exploitation of remote platforms, email compromise campaigns and phishing, malware and extortion campaigns.
The advisory notes the following information should be shared across financial institutions with the following people: CEOs, COOs, chief risk officers, chief compliance/BSA officers, BSA/AML analysts/investigators, IT, cybersecurity units, fraud prevention units and legal departments. The latest alert follows an advisory posted on July 16 about the uptick in business email compromise schemes. These trends align with the uptick in overall fraud reported to financial institutions as noted in the FTC's data on COVID-19 related payment fraud reports. We break down the data in this report.