ARLINGTON, Va. – Both “Brooklyn and Russia” should be on any credit union’s watch list for suspicious changes of address when it comes to potential cybercrime, according to a top Charlotte, N.C. FBI agent heading up computer fraud, ID theft and online hacking. Speaking on a nationwide NAFCU Webcast April 7 on cybercrime and identity theft, Doris H. Gardner, an FBI Supervisory Special Agent, warned that address changes are emerging as a key area for postal fraud and cyber crimes with those two geographic areas for “red flags” on wire transfers, in particular. Gardner was joined on the NAFCU panel by Robert Goldfinger, the moderator and director of risk management for Coastal FCU in Raleigh, N.C., along with assistant U.S. Attorney James Candelmo, of Raleigh, and Stephen G. Karinko, of New York and Team Leader of Major Crimes for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. In their remarks, the Webcast panelists urged closer cooperation and coordination by CUs with law enforcement agencies to combat cyberfraud and ID theft, but the enforcement execs suggested some elements are “stretched thin” currently and have difficulty responding quickly to fraud cases. Candelmo urged CU risk managers to work more closely with Anti-Terrorism Councils and law enforcement agencies “in a well embedded relationship” n local areas to share information “before incidents take place” rather than after the fact “when it is too late.” -

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