Conversations: Dr. J. Michael Skiba, International Financial Crime Expert

Course Duration: 21 minutes
Course Points: 

Fridays with Fintelekt today features J Michael Skiba, international financial crime expert, with host Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services in a conversation around fraud. Michael, popularly known as Dr. Fraud, has had several years of experience helping individuals and corporations become safer against frauds, scams and schemes.

Michael’s experience shows that in the financial services sector, fraud is more a matter of opportunities, as 96% of people committing fraud have no criminal history. He says that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of the ecosystem due to the transition to work from home, creating gaps in data security and increased stress on companies. This has also reduced the personal thresholds at which people respond to an opportunity to commit fraud.

With increasing automation and the use of technology, his concern is that the human element in fraud management is getting lost. Corporations need to continuously train people and build expertise in running automated platforms. He recommends the creation of a task force with people across various departments to share insights and create a sense of synergy and cooperation in fighting fraud.

To develop a strong deterrent against fraud, Michael feels that it is not just the creation of laws, but the support and proper enforcement of the laws that is critical. The lack of information sharing is another challenging aspect of fraud detection that needs to be addressed.

Listen to the entire episode for more insights on organisational culture, criminal behaviour and rationalisation of fraud from his book “The Psychology of Fraud”. 

Expert Speak: Guy Sheppard, SWIFT and Matthew Redhead, RUSI

Course Duration: 48 minutes
Course Points: 45

Guy Sheppard, Head of APAC Financial Crime, Intelligence and Initiatives, SWIFT and Matthew Redhead, Associate Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, RUSI discuss the SWIFT Institute White Paper: “The Future of Transaction Monitoring: Better Ways to Detect and Disrupt Financial Crime” in this presentation from Fintelekt Asia AML/CFT 3rd Annual Summit 2021, held virtually from July 5-9, 2021.

Conversations: Isabella Chase, Royal United Services Institute

Course Duration: 23 minutes
Course Points: 20

In this episode of Fridays with Fintelekt, Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services is in conversation with Isabella Chase, Research Fellow at Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS), Royal United Services Institute.

Isabella speaks about the motivation behind RUSI’s latest research on understanding and evaluating the impact of the FATF framework on financial inclusion, and how the pandemic triggered a fresh urgency to understand the barriers to financial inclusion as governments around the world rushed to get disbursement and support payments to their populations. The risk-based approach allows for identification of low-risk scenarios and a proportionate application of due diligence controls, but in practice, there are several challenges to achieving the balance between robust financial crime controls with financial inclusion objectives.

The conversation continues on to the January 2020 AML regulations introduced in the UK and their impact on the high-value art world, the roller coaster of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and the similarities in risk characteristics with the early days of cryptocurrencies.

Watch this course until the end for Isabella’s choice of the top three areas that need immediate global attention in the fight against financial crime!

Expert Speak: George Pearmain, Government of Jersey

Course Duration: 41 minutes
Course Points: 40

George Pearmain, Director of Financial Crime Strategy, Government of Jersey covered ways to engage with Media in Relation to Financial Crime Risk, Strategy and Response. George talked about the importance of proactive media engagement. He also shared how the Government of Jersey made significant use of media to get across their message to the common public.

This presentation was part of the AMLC-Fintelekt AML/CTF Summit Philippines 2020, conducted virtually from November 23rd – 27th, 2020.

Expert Speak: James Mirfin, Refinitiv

Course Duration: 28 minutes
Course Points: 25

James Mirfin, Global Head of Digital Identity & Financial Crime Propositions, Refinitiv talks about the Future of Fighting Financial Crime in this presentation from Fintelekt’s Anti-Money Laundering 9th Annual Summit (India) 2019 held on November 7th-8th, 2019 in Mumbai, India.

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