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Payment fraud takes a ride on public transit

January 13, 2020

While public transit lets riders save on gas and turn commute time into reading, work, or Candy Crush time, it lets fraudsters test stolen data. Readers of this blog are doubtless aware that no shortage of account numbers, complete with names, passwords, maiden names, SSNs, PINs, fingerprints, and other personal data, are available for sale on [...]

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TBT: A Peek Inside the Brainstorming Session
(Branding a Bank for the Rising Generation)

January 9, 2020

Originally posted on October 31, 2013 Here’s a macabre thought to start your day: Older customers will die sooner than younger ones. It’s a fact of life that has many a financial institution concerned. Rightly so. I wouldn’t dream of suggesting that bankers’ concern is only for the bottom line. Surely many wish their customers [...]

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From bezels to bombs: ATM fraud runs the gamut

January 6, 2020

Some thieves take on smart ATMs with high tech gadgetry. Others, you could say, have a shorter fuse. The United States Department of Justice recently sent notifications to 2,000 residents in my home state of Utah. Recipients are presumed victims of one Alexandru Cosmin Licsor, freshly extradited from Romania. The purpose of the letter was to inform [...]

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(TBT) New Year’s resolutions: the most popular, the most broken

January 2, 2020

  Originally posted December, 29, 2016  The New Year is nearly upon us. I need hardly point out that, for a lot of us, that means making and promptly breaking one or more resolutions. For a bland definition of the ubiquitous New Year’s Resolution, look no further than Merriam-Webster: A promise to do something differently in [...]

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Bootstraps and the unbanked

December 30, 2019

I shall open this week’s post by quoting Neal deGrasse Tyson. Tyson is a bestselling author, director of the Hayden Planetarium (part of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York), and, according to People magazine, the sexiest astrophysicist alive.  (One wonders why People felt the need to qualify “sexiest astrophysicist” with “alive.” It’s hard to imagine [...]

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