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Fundingshield reports an estimated $3 Billion in wire and closing fraud attempts in the first 4 months of 2018

Fundingshield reports an estimated $3 Billion in wire and closing fraud attempts in the first 4 months of 2018, triple the $1 billion reported to the FBI for all real estate related wire fraud losses for the first 9 months of 2017. This report leverages Fundingshield’s industry-leading proprietary software, analytics and transaction database of wire account information and transaction closing history. Furthermore, this projection is specific to lender wire and closing fraud attempts, and does not capture the much higher volume of wire fraud attempts against consumers in housing transactions.  Wire and closing fraud victims overwhelmingly underreport losses because of reputational risk concerns. “The rising fraud attempts come while lenders expand their efforts
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Categories: News Letters and Press.

FS Newsletter 123: Mortgage “Purchase Market” Drives Closing Agent Stress

The current “purchase mortgage” market is causing mortgage banks across the country to re-examine their in-house closing party review processes as they have less control of closing agent selection. Additionally, this adds stress operationally and increases risk through closing agent review, compliance, risk management and wire fraud prevention if not actively utilized and deployed at the loan transaction level.    Mortgage Participants: All Mortgage lenders doing purchase (non-refinance) transactions & any lender that cannot force the use of its preferred closing agents across all closings. Investors or Warehouse lenders concerned about closing agent controls. Problem: The purchase market is causing
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Categories: News Letters and Press.

FundingShield News Alert 9/14/2017: Equifax Data Breach Impact on Mortgage Funding & Third Party Risk

As the mortgage industry lenders implement the requirements to meet the New York Cyber Security requirement (DFAS) and the FFIEC CAT, the Equifax breach highlights the existing risk surrounding data integrity, fraud and the need for enhanced controls.  Consumer finance and mortgage banks will have to manage the ongoing threat of fraud which the mortgage press and our clients have reacted to by showing an increased demand for third party diligence, oversight and controls.   National Mortgage News Reported Monday September 11, 2017 the Seven Aftershocks of the Equifax Breach of which one of the 7 points highlighted was precisely Third-party
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Categories: Press Releases.