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IAFCI Presents... The Protectors
36 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
From the Ashes of 9/11 to the Towers of Hope & Humanity: The Stephen Siller Story & the T2T Foundation
IAFCI Presents…The Protectors Podcast Celebrates its 30th episode by honoring the life of NYFD Fireman Stephen Siller and so many others who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11/2001. Mike and Mark welcome to the show Stephen’s brother, Frank Siller, who started Tunnel To Towers Foundation (T2T.org) to honor his brother and others. Over the past 21 years, Frank has helped thousands of first responders, military personnel, and their families who heroically gave of themselves to keep us safe. As this is released on the eve of Thanksgiving, let us “Never Forget” our heroes. This episode has touched our hearts, and we hope it inspires everyone who listens to be thankful and to graciously support T2T, our first responders, and the military. Tunnel 2 Towers: www.t2t.org
39 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Not in My House: Don't Be a Victim of a Ruse Burglary
Local police departments all over the country are alerting residents of a rise in "ruse burglaries." These burglaries can occur anywhere and often end in significant losses for the unwary homeowner. On today's episode of The Protectors, Mike and Mark welcome Detective Jose Mendez of the Skokie, IL Police Department. Detective Mendez is a 23-year veteran and is a member of the Major Crimes Task Force specializing in burglary patterns and offenders. Detective Mendez offers his expertise on the rising trend known as the ruse burglary. He explains what it is, the different forms the ruse burglary can take, and what you need to know to protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors. Enjoy our podcast and pass the knowledge on to others to help prevent this devastating crime.IAFCI LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/iafci-presents-the-protectors-podcast/Guest Contact Info: Jose Mendez Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/jose-mendez-a754024b
40 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
Las Vegas: The City That Never Closes…Not Even For Fraud
It is known as the mecca for entertainment and excitement. But if you are not careful, your luck can run out quickly in Las Vegas. One of the largest entertainment attractions in the U.S., Las Vegas also has a criminal underbelly when it comes to fraud. On today's show, Mike and Mark welcome Las Vegas Detective Marc Evans, a 10-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department currently in the Financial Crimes Unit. Marc will share his knowledge of criminal groups and enterprises lurking in the City of Fortune so you don’t become another victim - Detective Evans is. He is an expert in the field of financial forgeries, identity theft, check and credit card fraud, as well as embezzlement and racketeering. Las Vegas is called Sin City for a reason. Last year alone, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say money lost to fraud increased from $36.5 million to about $70 million. So enjoy your time in the big city, but don’t get targeted by fraud. GUEST CONTACT INFO: www.linkedin.com/in/marcevanslv
18 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
More Power To You! What You Should Know About Powers Of Attorney
Today we go live to the 2023 IAFCI Conference in Baltimore where Mark and Mike welcome back April DeValkenaere. April is the owner and founder of Fortress Financial Education, LLC whose focus is helping clients who have fallen victim to power-of-attorney theft, elder fraud, and other white-collar crimes. Fortress also aids law enforcement in the investigation processes of these crimes in their effort to prosecute these criminals. April stresses the importance of prevention through education - teaching people actionable steps they can take, both in the short term and long term, to be able to advocate for themselves on how to protect their current and future finances. April is also the President of the Wisconsin local chapter of the IAFCI, and today she visits The Protectors for a second time to share her knowledge and experience in an effort to help YOU protect and preserve your own "personal fortress."GUEST CONTACT INFO: https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-devalkenaere-sbwcp-cfci-759334a5 https://protectyourfortress.com/ https://www.consumerfinance.gov/consumer-tools/managing-someone-elses-money/ https://consumer.ftc.gov/consumer-alerts/2018/09/managing-someone-elses-money-new-protection-id-theft-and-fraud
32 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
Exposing The Evil of Human Trafficking
If you think that human trafficking cannot, or is not occurring in your communities, then this is the podcast you need to hear. From sex trafficking to labor trafficking, the evil of human trafficking is embedded in our communities both large and small. You may think it operates in darkness and secrecy, but chances are, many of you may encounter offenders and victims of these crimes on a regular basis. And your conceptions of who they are and how they appear may significantly change after listening to this podcast. Mark and Mike recorded this Live from the 2022 IAFCI Conference in National Harbor, MD and were able to interview two leading experts in human trafficking investigations. Detective Joe Scaramucci is with the McLennan County Sheriffs Dept. Since creating a Human Trafficking Unit in 2014, Detective Scaramucci has conducted sting operations resulting in the arrest of more than 550 sex buyers, and 150 individuals for human trafficking and related offenses, which le d to the identification of 260 trafficking victims. Rochelle Keyhan is the CEO of Collective Liberty, whose mission is to eradicate human trafficking by collaborating across industries, agencies, and service providers to create radical, data-driven approaches that address, disrupt and put an end to all forms of trafficking.GUEST CONTACT INFO: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-scaramucci-92ba24174 https://www.linkedin.com/in/rochellekeyhan www.collectiveliberty.org
42 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
Matters of the Heart: A Journey from Scam Victim to National Advocate for Justice
Our next episode was recorded live on location from the IAFCI's International Conference in National Harbor, MD. Host Mark Solomon sits down with Kate Kleinert, a survivor of a romance scam who became a national champion for awareness and justice. Together with experts Kathy Stokes and Paul Greenwood, the group discusses frauds, scams, and the incredible story of a survivor of a romance scam as told by the victim herself. Think it can't happen to you? So did Kate! Paul Greenwood, President and CEO of Greenwood Law Corporation Kathy Stokes, National Director of Fraud Prevention for AARP Kate Kleinert, Scam victim; AARP Fraud Watch Volunteer and National AdvocateGUEST CONTACT INFO: AARP.org/fraudsupport AARP.org/fraudwatchnetwork www.greenwoodlawcorp.com https://www.gofundme.com/f/vgw3g-recovery-fund?qid=480d7f86badecc2d2f91428dec5ef5c5
51 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
The Art of The Lie
Wouldn't it be great to know if someone was lying to you? Well, that takes an expert, and on today's show, Mike and Mark welcome "The Human Lie Detector" - Dave Thompson. Dave leads the evolution of investigative interviewing, conducting, and consulting on investigations ranging from theft and fraud to sexual harassment and homicide. He has contributed expert opinions for a variety of cases and has provided consults on legislative propositions as well. Dave customizes strategic interviewing training programs for federal, state, and local agencies around the world and continues to work towards furthering the enhancement of interview and interrogation protocols throughout the United States. Listen as Dave shares his experience and expertise in the field of "Professional Lie Detection." GUEST CONTACT INFO: https://www.facebook.com/identifythetruth/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/davethompsoncfi/ https://www.youtube.com/user/wicklanderzulawski Instagram: @WZ_Training Twitter: @DThompsonWZ
45 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
MEN IN BLACK: How the US Secret Service Protects YOU Everyday
When COVID-related shutdowns started wreaking havoc on businesses, jobs, and paychecks, the US Government came to the rescue, providing a financial life preserver worth trillions of dollars. However, as the money flowed to individual bank accounts in the form of Paycheck Protection Program loans and Labor Department-backed state unemployment checks, fraudsters, identity thieves, and cybercriminals were salivating at the chance to take it. Today, Mike and Mark welcome US Secret Service Agent Roy Dotson to the show. Roy has been in law enforcement for over 30 years, 20 of which have been dedicated to the US Secret Service, protecting eight US Presidents. He is an expert on cybercrime fraud, money laundering, and asset forfeiture, having led over 100 successful investigations and recovered over $4 billion in victim assets. Roy currently serves as the US Secret Service’s National Pandemic Recovery Coordinator.GUEST CONTACT INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.secretservice.gov/investigation/cyber https://servicetoamericamedals.org/honorees/?fwp_year=2022 If you were a victim of identity theft related to an SBA loan, go to this site to see the recommended reporting process: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/Identity%20Theft%20Letter%20for%20COVID-19%20EIDL-508.pdf If you were a victim of identity theft related to Unemployment Insurance benefits, go to this site to see the recommended reporting process: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/unemployment-insurance-payment-accuracy/UIFraudReporting Twitter: @SecretService
13 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
Are ATM's Still Safe in 2022?
Today we present another Special Edition of "The Protectors." Mike and Mark have the pleasure of speaking with Carlos Lang about ATM Skimming and Malware that is running rampant in the US and Internationally. Carlos has been a specialist in fraud prevention in financial institutions for over 25 years and is an analyst and developer of solutions to protect ATMs from skimmers, shimmers, malware, black boxes, and unauthorized access. In addition, Carlos has implemented complex e-Banking security projects that help diminish fraud in large financial institutions across the U.S. and Latin America by using multi-factor authentication. Listen to the expert as Carlos provides tips and advice to help protect yourself from this ever-evolving, billion-dollar crime wave.
17 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
The Changing Face of Identity Theft: Synthetic Identity Fraud
Synthetic Identity fraud schemes have proliferated in the past few years becoming the nation's largest form of identity theft. Today on The Protectors, we present a Special Broadcast from the 2021 IAFCI Conference in Chicago. Mike and Mark have the pleasure of speaking with Steve Lenderman. Steve has been heavily involved in investigating and identifying synthetic identities and entities and is considered an industry expert with over 25 years in the financial crimes sector. He was the Fraud Operations Lead for PayPal Business Loans where he was responsible for managing fraud detection, investigations, and mitigation, and has spent time with Barclaycard US where he oversaw major investigations, internal investigations, and bust-outs/credit abuse. Listen and learn so that your wallet or purse doesn't become a crime sceneGUEST CONTACT INFO: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-lenderman/
41 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
Organized Retail Crimes Are Costing Businesses BILLIONS! What's it costing YOU?
Let's face it - Organized Retail Crime (ORC) affects large corporations, small businesses, and your wallet! On today's show, Mike and Mark welcome ORC expert Ruben Banuelos. Ruben is a US Army veteran with over 20 years of investigative experience working various assignments including Patrol, Fraud Investigations, Senior Organized Retail Crime Investigator and International Advisor for Organized Retail Crime with the IAFCI. Ruben's expertise and advice throughout the show is a virtual handbook for both business owners and consumers alike. As the wave of Organized Retail Crime crashes down on America, educate yourself with Ruben's tips, recommendations, and helpful suggestions so that you or your business doesn't become a victim!
39 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Gone Phishing: Online Extortion of US Businesses at an All-Time High
On today's show, Mike and Mark speak with Abdul Abufilat. Abdul is a senior threat intelligence analyst at the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center working in the areas of information security, national security, and supply chain risk management. Abdul lets us in on the some of the greatest security threats that businesses large and small are facing today. He also gives us his perspective on how intelligence threats from our adversaries are affecting supply chains here in the U.S. Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report Link: https://www.verizon.com/business/resources/reports/dbir/?cmp=knc:ggl:ac:ent:security:8003162844&utm_term=verizon%20data%20breach%20investigations%20report&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=GGL_BND_Security_Phrase&utm_content=Enterprise&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-9zejb28-AIV2GpvBB3Ebg9GEAAYASABEgJpkfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
27 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
PARENTS of TEENS and COLLEGE STUDENTS... Shut Down Scams Before They Happen!
Mike and Mark expose new scams that are affecting teens and college students across the nation. They also share the lighter side of fraud that they've experienced throughout their decades in law enforcement. https://www.iafci.org
44 minutes | May 25, 2022
Don't Be the Next Victim: Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud!
Mike and Mark welcome Mark Kasak to the show. Mark is a nationwide financial fraud prevention, investigations, and training leader whose current focus is on preventing financial crime in financial institutions and assisting consumers in protecting their financial profiles. Marks discusses current trends in identity theft victimization/prevention and consumer safeguard plans while also providing insight into what financial institutions are doing to better protect their customers from the many different types of financial fraud.Show Related Links: uspis.gov ftc.gov
54 minutes | May 11, 2022
Spilling the NFTea on Digital Assets and Cyber-Enabled Financial Crime
On today's show, Mike and Mark welcome Michael Fasanello. Michael is a private sector compliance executive and thought leader specializing in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF), global sanctions, and other illicit finance, with a current focus on the digital assets and blockchain technology space. In this episode, Michael discusses the currently emerging market of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and their use in the Digital Asset Space. He takes us further into Digital Assets by exploring Cryptocurrency. Michael runs through the scams that he often sees in his profession while giving us helpful tips on avoiding these scams. Michael also gives us his outlook on the future for cyber-enabled "FinCrime" and how to safely navigate your way through this new financial world increasingly reliant on technology.GUEST CONTACT INFO:Michael Fasanello, JD, CCI Compliance Officer | Blockchain & Crypto Subject Matter Expert | Thought Leader | Former US Banking Regulator Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bl0ckchain/ Twitter: @BL0CKCHAINMIKE Twitter: @cryptotwitter Website: https://www.LVL.CO Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/ Book: Investigating Cryptocurrencies: Understanding, Extracting, and Analyzing Blockchain Evidence Article: https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/nft-scammers-arrested-over-dollar16m-rug-pull-face-20-years-in-jail/ar-AAVt6rX
41 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Gang’s... Gun’s... and Money: The Intersecting Paths of Financial Crimes in the U.S.
Mike and Mark welcome NYPD Detective Daniel Alessandrino to the podcast to take a deeper look at financial crimes and their connection to organized criminal groups and gangs. Listeners will get a street level view of how fraud and financial crimes help fund and attract some to a life of crime and gang activity.GUEST CONTACT INFO: email@example.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-alessandrino-7a37b1126
44 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
BLOOD DIAMONDS: How Common Criminals Turned the Illegal Use of Diamonds, Gemstones and Precious Metals Into a Multi-billion Dollar Industry
In today's episode, Mike and Mark speak with financial crimes specialist and author, Kelly Ross. Kelly, a former police officer and SME for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police gives listeners a close-up look at the crimes associated with diamonds and precious metals and how they tie into the seedy world of organized crime. He also discusses the obstacles and complications involved in investigating these crimes and what the future holds for law enforcement and the criminal element in the billion-dollar underground precious metal, diamond, and gemstone industry.GUEST CONTACT INFO: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-ross-b9760a27/
39 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Grandparent Scams: How to Protect Your Loved Ones from These Organized Crimes
Today Mike and Mark are joined by Detective Kenneth Sealy with the Aventura Police Department. We will be discussing grandparent scams and how they are perpetuated, as well as some of the current trends across the nation as these scams grow in frequency to include use of crypto, sim swaps, and spoofing. Additionally, we will dive deeper into who’s behind these organized scams. Brace yourself - you may be shocked at these revelations. We will also discuss some of the challenges faced by law enforcement in these investigations, some of the successes, and how we can all help protect ourselves and our elderly loved ones from these scams. GUEST CONTACT INFO: Kenneth Sealy: 305-336-0350 info@SIFLET.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenneth-sealy-707267226
28 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
TRACKING BLOOD MONEY: Combating Wildlife & Environmental Crimes with Amanda Gore
On today’s Podcast, Mike and Mark are joined by Amanda Gore, Forensic Accountant from Capetown South Africa. Over the last five years, her work has concentrated on applying financial-crime tools and techniques to environmental crime offenses across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She discusses illegal wildlife trafficking and environmental crimes and gives helpful information for banks and financial institutions to assist in combating illegal wildlife trafficking.GUEST CONTACT INFO: Amanda Gore: +254 799 751 560 firstname.lastname@example.org About the Centre for Global Advancement (C4GA): Incorporated in 2020, the Centre for Global Advancement (C4GA) aims to advance and innovate new tools and strategies to combat environmental and financial crime. Registered in the United Kingdom as a community interest company (“CIC”), C4GA operates on a not-for-profit basis with a commercial company office in Kenya. For More Information: https://globaladvancement.org/about/
36 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Gas Pump Skimming: How To Protect Yourself From Becoming a Victim
Today, Mike and Mark are joined by Adam Colby, Director and Chief Intelligence Coordinator of the Financial Crimes Intelligence Center in Tyler, TX. Adam discusses how his agency, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, have been able to significantly reduce gas pump credit card skimming cases in the past several years in Smith County, TX. Adam gives helpful tips and useful knowledge to help protect yourself from falling victim to this multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise. Public link to the TX Financial Crimes Intelligence Center https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/fcic
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