FWN 17th Anniversary Event: Is that Bargain a Steal? The perils of using online marketplaces

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024
  • 17:30 - 20:30
  • UK Finance, 1 Angel Ct, London EC2R 7HJ


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The Fraud Women’s Network celebrated its 17th Anniversary earlier this year, and in true FWN “fashion” we wanted our anniversary event to be a good one, so we invite you to our in-person panel event to discuss “Is that Bargain a Steal? The perils of using online marketplaces”. Come along to join the discussion and wish us a happy birthday over a glass of bubbles and some canape!

Please note you will require a registration code to register for this event which has been provided in your invitation. Guests are welcome, you can register them directly or provide them with the code to register themselves.  Please note, registration closes on 8 July 2024. 

Is that Bargain a Steal?  The perils of using online marketplaces

The latest figures from UK Finance show that cases of purchase scams reported to the banks rose by 34% in 2023.  In fact, much of this type of fraud goes unreported, perhaps because in many cases there are only relatively small amounts of money involved.  However, there are some horrific examples of frauds where victims have lost life changing sums of money.  Increasingly this is happening on the online marketplaces such as Amazon and Facebook Marketplace, E Bay and Gumtree, Depop and Vinted which are very much the wild west when it comes to consumer protection. According to Santander, 80% of the purchase scams reported by its customers started on online selling platforms or marketplaces.

To find out more about how this happens, the types of fraud being seen and what to look out for, join our expert panel chaired by FWN's Deputy Chair Katy Worobec with Graham Barrow, Director of podcast The Dark Money Files and Risk Alert 247 Ltd and Aisling Twomey, Senior Financial Crime Manager, Monzo Bank


17:30hrs to 18:00hrs – Registration
18:00hrs to 19:00hrs – Panel Discussion and Q&A

19:00hrs to 20:30hrs – Canape Reception

Speaker Bios:

Graham Barrow
Graham has worked in financial services for the past twenty-five years, latterly providing subject matter expertise in respect of global financial crime as well as providing in-depth research on UK company formations. Latterly, he has become well known as one half of “The Dark Money Files” podcast alongside his business partner and longstanding veteran of the world of anti-financial crime, Ray Blake.

He has worked closely with several global investigative journalism consortia helping them to identify and write about organised crime and corruption including the ICIJ and OCCRP. Graham also speaks with authority on the Deutsche Bank Mirror Trades and has recently been closely involved with a Lebanese documentary film maker revealing the deep associations between the UK shell company which allegedly bought the Ammonium Nitrate which blew up with such disastrous consequences in Beirut last August, and a bunch of other UK companies associated with a handful of sanctioned Syrian/Russian dual nationals.

Graham regularly speaks at in-house and public events to raise awareness of the close links between financial crime and the organised criminal gangs and corrupt individuals who are responsible for so much of the dirty money entering the financial system, most particularly with respect to the UK companies which are often at their heart.

Aisling Twomey: Aisling has worked in Financial Crime for ten years. In that time, she has completed a lot of KYC on customers in corporate, investment, business and retail banks across multiple products from capital markets and prepaid cards. For the past five years, she has designed controls including customer risk assessments, transaction monitoring rules and CDD processes for some of Britain’s biggest banks and building societies. She has a lot of experience delivering change programmes stemming from regulatory engagement.

Aisling holds two law degrees and before changing career to work in financial crime, she worked in aviation security and for a series of human rights charities. She has delivered human rights education for the Council of Europe in Ireland, Azerbaijan and Hungary.

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