Complimentary webinar, courtesy of Homeland Security Investigations
Financial fraud schemes have become more widespread in recent years, thanks in part to the spread of low-cost communication technology and a boom of social networking that makes it easier to defraud victims on a global scale. For example, telemarketing, identity theft, romance scams, and email compromise scams are frequently coordinated from overseas locations. Losses run into the billions of dollars and affect victims – as well as financial institutions – on a global scale.
As part of its commitment to combat financial fraud schemes, HSI is a participant in the multi-agency International Mass-Marketing Fraud Working Group, which was established in 2007. This webinar will identify the various types of financial fraud schemes, an overview of HSI’s efforts in combatting these schemes, its challenges, common trends, red flag indicators, and who to report these crimes, to include a case study.
The following schemes will be briefly discussed:
Government Impersonation Scams
Tax Fraud Schemes
Investment Scams (Ponzi scheme and offshore investments)
Mortgage Relief/Loan modification
Fictitious lottery/sweepstakes winnings/inheritances Scams
Counterfeit Check Scam
Check Forgery Schemes
Rescue to Grandparent scams
Nigerian 419 scams
Phony disaster relief scams
Email Account Compromise (EAC)
Business Email Compromise (BEC)
HSI works closely with the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and other state and federal law enforcement, regulatory agencies and private partners in combating cross-border fraud.
In March 2009, HSI entered into an agreement with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to create the Project JOLT, Jamaican Operations Linked to Telemarketing task force to identify, disrupt, and dismantle these types of fraud operations that prey mainly on U.S. citizens, many of whom are senior citizens, and where possible, to recover and return lost assets.
In April 1998, Operation COLT, Center of Operations Linked to Telemarketing, an HSI-led interagency partnership was formed to combat telemarketing fraud with nexus in Canada.
This webinar is eligible for 1.5 continuing education credit and/or CFCS credit. A recording of the presentation, slides, and certificate of participation will be available for ACFCS members only.
About the Presenter
Patricia Inglima, Supervisory Special Agent, Financial Crimes Division, Homeland Security Investigations
In her position as Supervisory Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Ms. Inglima oversees HSI financial criminal investigations at the Special Agent in Charge office in Miami. Ms. Inglima is a recognized subject matter expert on issues related to money laundering and financial crimes.
During her 21 years of government service career, she has participated in numerous high profile money laundering investigations targeting transnational criminal organizations as a case agent and supervisor. Prior to this assignment in Miami, Ms. Inglima was assigned to HSI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in the Financial division and as a Congressional liaison on Capitol Hill. Ms. Inglima has also served as the HSI Representative in Rome, Italy and a Special Agent within the HSI-led El Dorado Task Force in New York, NY. Prior to becoming a Special Agent, Ms. Inglima was a U.S. Customs Inspector at JFK International Airport.
Ms. Inglima earned a combined Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Long Island University, C.W. Post campus.