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A new report unveiled Thursday from TransUnion revealed fraud attempts targeting the financial services industry have spiked since the beginning of 2021. Compared to the last four months of 2020, the percentage of suspected global digital fraud attempts in financial services increased 149% during the first four months of this year.

In the U.S. specifically, financial services fraud attempts increased 109%, the global information and insights company said. The top type of fraud targeting financial services was true identity theft, which TransUnion defined as when a consumer uses a stolen identity to commit fraud, with the victim being a real person.

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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