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Financial regulator fines mortgage company directors
Friday, 17 October 2008

Two directors have each been fined £30,000 by the financial regulator for shortcomings in their mortgage business. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined two directors from Abbey Mortgages Limited, based in Bexleyheath and Stokesley, £30,000 each for shortcomings in their mortgage business which put financially vulnerable customers at risk and the firm at risk of being used for mortgage fraud. 

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Fraudsters' website shut in swoop
Friday, 17 October 2008

A website used by criminals to buy and sell credit card details and bank log-ins has been shut down after a police operation, the BBC has learned.

International forum Darkmarket ran for three years and led to fraud totalling millions of pounds. Nearly 60 people connected with the site have been arrested in Manchester, Hull and London, as well as Germany, Turkey and the US. The Serious Organised Crime Agency said it was "a one-stop shop" for criminals. 

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Warning over new EU accounts rules
Friday, 17 October 2008

Creditors have warned that they want a single set of accounting rules and that a current European Commission review of fair value accounting threatens to undermine transparency and comparability.

The Commission is due to host a meeting in Brussels tomorrow to discuss accounting reform, including further relaxation to fair value. 

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Credit checks are ‘critical in current climate’
Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Small businesses are urged to invest in new credit checks on their customers to ensure they are aware of any potentially ‘bad apples’.

According to Clive Lewis, head of SME issues at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW): ”Knowing who you are dealing with is the key to survival in the current turbulent economic climate.” 

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The release of deceased data by the General Registrar welcomed
Friday, 10 October 2008

The UK's Fraud Prevention Service (CIFAS) has welcomed the weekly release of death records for the first time to stop fraudsters from using these identities. 

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Card fraud losses increased by 14% in first six months
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

Total card fraud losses increased by 14% in the six months to June 2008 compared with the first half of 2007 according to new figures from the UK payment association. 

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Payments industry growth in 'money mule' fraud activity
Friday, 26 September 2008

More than 870 recruitment adverts for money mules have been detected in the first half of the year. 

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Bank charges and lending restrictions could get worse for small businesses
Friday, 26 September 2008

A business lobby group is concerned at reports that high street banks are beginning to reduce credit facilities and increase overdraft charges. 

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The UK's Fraud Prevention Service receives award from Home office
Friday, 12 September 2008

The Home Office has awarded Specified Anti-Fraud Organisation (SAFO) status to CIFAS, the UK's Fraud Prevention Service.

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Banks are still lending to small businesses despite the credit crunch.
Friday, 12 September 2008

Figures from the British Bankers Association (BBA) have shown that lending by the main high street banks providing small business services has grown.

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Tighter lending criteria and falling house prices discourage first-time buyers
Tuesday, 09 September 2008

Loans to first time buyers continued to decline in July compared to June although remortgaging rose and lending for house purchase held steady during the same period.

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