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Scam Attacks on Automated Clearing House

A Report by CYS Global Remit FinTech Development Unit 



Published by Finance Magnates, a global provider of news, research, and events centered on Fintech, electronic trading, Payments & Banking, Crypto & Blockchains, and the technology that propels them. 


The Trojan Horse, an enduring symbol of deception, has resonated through centuries. The Greeks, wearied by a seemingly interminable siege, welcomed the colossal wooden structure into their walls, only to unveil a hidden army poised to wreak havoc. Today, a modern iteration of the Trojan Horse infiltrates our financial systems – the authorized payment scam. 


Much like its ancient counterpart, these scams exploit trust and existing systems to gain entry. In the past, financial fraud relied on blunt instruments; brute force attacks, such as stolen credit card numbers, were predominant. Fraudsters manipulated the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network, originally designed for legitimate electronic transfers, to their advantage. 


Picture the ACH network as the impregnable walls of Troy. Once secure for authorized transactions like bill payments and direct deposits, it now confronts a new menace. Scammers deceive victims into authorizing payments they never intended to make, akin to inviting the enemy within, cloaked in the guise of a legitimate transaction. 


The repercussions of these authorized payment scams are dire. Since you technically sanctioned the transfer, recourse to reclaim your funds is often obscure. It's a financial sleight of hand, rendering victims feeling powerless and aggrieved. 


Scammers continually refine their tactics, necessitating perpetual vigilance to stay ahead. It's a rallying cry for the entire financial ecosystem – banks, consumers, and regulators – to collaborate and fortify defenses against these cunning schemes. 


In Singapore, organizations employing SMS as a communication mode must register their Sender IDs with the Singapore SMS Sender ID Registry (SSIR).


Telecom operators will deploy SMS anti-scam filtering solutions within their networks to automatically sift potential scam messages before they reach consumers. CYS Global Remit has fulfilled its legal obligation. Our mobile application, ET-Home, will dispatch SMS exclusively from our registered Sender-ID – “ET-Home” – devoid of clickable links. 


So, how can you, as a consumer, shield yourself? Here are some key tips: 


  • Exercise heightened caution when authorizing digital payments. Refrain from hastily approving payments to unfamiliar entities, especially from unexpected sources. 

  • Regularly scrutinize account statements for any unauthorized or suspicious activity. The sooner you detect anomalies, the quicker you can alert your bank. 

  • Activate account alerts, a valuable tool for promptly identifying unauthorized activity. 

  • Stay informed about prevalent authorized payment scams. Knowledge empowers you to better identify and thwart them. 


Through collective effort, we can reverse the tide on these Trojan ACH scams and uphold the financial system's integrity as a safe and dependable domain. Don’t let the scammers emerge as silent victors in this modern Trojan narrative. Rise to the challenge, safeguard your hard-earned finances. 

 

 


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