UK banks scramble to protect customers from wave of coronavirus scams

Reuters | March 24, 2020

UK banks are stepping up fraud prevention measures to protect customers from scammers eager to exploit the coronavirus pandemic with a whole range of new tricks, including fake sales of medical supplies and bogus government relief schemes. With British households effectively on lockdown, some banks said customers had already been caught out by fraudsters posing as banks, government and even health service providers to persuade victims to hand over passwords or other sensitive data. Barclays (BARC.L), HSBC (HSBA.L), Lloyds Banking Group (LLOY.L) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L) have launched social media campaigns to flag ploys. Metro Bank (MTRO.L) said its fraud team was still operating a 24-hour, seven-day service to help affected customers. The banks said scammers were using a range of methods to prey on people, with common “phishing” emails, authorized push payments (APP) and Buyer Seller scams on the rise, alongside more sophisticated “payment diversion” frauds, designed to coax businesses to part with large sums of cash.

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Facepay Announces Facepay Crypto to Bring Cryptocurrency Payments to Auto Shops

Facepay | March 07, 2022

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CORE BANKING

Trona Valley Federal Credit Union and Lumin Digital Announce Partnership for Enhanced Digital Banking Services

Lumin Digital | April 21, 2022

Lumin Digital, a PSCU company, announced today that Trona Valley Federal Credit Union (Trona Valley) has signed a multi-year agreement for Lumin Digital's cloud-native platform for online and mobile digital banking solutions. Lumin Digital will support Trona Valley's more than 23,000 members and more than $320 million in assets once the credit union goes live on the platform in May 2022. Trona Valley Federal Credit Union, based in Green River, Wyoming, is a 100% member-owned financial institution dedicated to providing avenues to financial success for every individual member. With a philosophy of "People Helping People", Trona Valley strives to evolve product and service offerings to meet the financial needs of its members, provide individualized attention and put forth every effort to enable members to become financially self-sufficient. Lumin Digital, a cloud-native digital banking platform, provides credit union members with a tightly integrated and customized experience that matches larger financial institutions' offerings. Focusing on service, user experience, safety, and security through sophisticated automation, Lumin Digital helps credit unions and financial institutions drive better engagement with their users through personalized recommendations and communication in the areas of spending insights, financial advice, fraud alerts, and savings goals. Lumin enables credit unions to provide users with real-time updates and new features that add value and simplify everyday banking. All of Lumin's offerings and capabilities are made possible by the team's wealth of industry knowledge, user experience testing, and technological innovation. We're always looking to make banking with Trona Valley FCU easier for our members, We believe Lumin's Digital's platform does just that." Jeremy Gibson, CEO at Trona Valley Federal Credit Union. Trona Valley's commitment to improving the banking experiences of its members whenever and wherever life takes them makes the credit union a natural fit for Lumin's cloud-native digital banking platform, Our comprehensive digital experience will not only expand their core digital offerings to better compete against the nation's leading financial institutions, but will also ensure a smooth transition for their members, ultimately enabling faster time to market for their exciting future digital roadmap items." Jeff Chambers, founder and CEO of Lumin Digital. Lumin Digital continues to drive innovation in the digital banking space, differentiating itself through technology built for human connection. Lumin Digital's offering provides seamless integration to a wide array of PSCU and other platform tools and capabilities, including card services, rewards management, and data analytics to provide a member-centric experience. About Lumin Digital Lumin Digital is a fintech company specializing in digital banking solutions. Through a fundamentally different approach to technology, service, and people, we're creating the next generation of financial solutions each and every day. Lumin helps credit unions and financial institutions build and deploy next-gen digital experiences that help to continually serve, engage, and grow their membership base. While other platforms are partially adapted or retrofitted for the cloud, Lumin is 100% cloud-native. It was built specifically for the cloud environment, allowing us to more fully realize the advantages it offers. It's a difference that financial institutions and their users will see and feel almost immediately. About Trona Valley Federal Credit Union Trona Valley Community Federal Credit Union is a community credit union serving southwest Wyoming for nearly 60 years. Formed through a merger of FMC Employees FCU and Stauffer Big Island FCU, we are open to membership to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Sweetwater, Uinta, Sublette, Lincoln, Carbon, and Teton counties in Wyoming; and Rich, Morgan, Summit, and Daggett counties in Utah. About PSCU PSCU, the nation's premier payments CUSO, supports the success of more than 1,900 financial institutions representing nearly 7 billion transactions annually. Committed to service excellence and focused on innovation, PSCU's payment processing, risk management, data and analytics, loyalty programs, digital banking, marketing, strategic consulting and mobile platforms help deliver possibilities and seamless member experiences. Comprehensive, 24/7/365 member support is provided by contact centers located throughout the United States. The origin of PSCU's model is collaboration and scale, and the company has leveraged its influence on behalf of credit unions and their members for more than 40 years. Today, PSCU provides an end-to-end, competitive advantage that enables credit unions to securely grow and meet evolving consumer demands.

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BITCOIN AND CRYPTO

BitPay’s Accurate Payment Protocol Adopted by Exchange Partners Bitso, Bitstamp and Wallet Partners Edge and Guarda

BitPay | April 25, 2022

BitPay, the world’s largest provider of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment services, today announced two new exchanges and two new wallets are adopting its accurate payment protocol including top crypto providers Bitso, Bitstamp, Edge, and Guarda. BitPay’s accurate payment protocol, the BitPay Protocol, enables more reliable blockchain payments by eliminating common payment exceptions including overpayments, underpayments, late payments, unconfirmed payments, and potential double-spend payments. In addition to the new partners, the BitPay Protocol has already been adopted by Blockchain Wallet, the world’s largest self-custody wallet. Many other leading wallets are also payment enabled including Electrum, BRD, Metamask, Ledger and more. Verifone’s 600,000 merchants, with a footprint of 35 million devices, also have BitPay’s Payment Protocol automatically enabled for in-store and online purchases. BitPay first launched its accurate payment specification in 2017 to eliminate payment exceptions in transactions made with cryptocurrency, setting the standard currently adopted by top wallet organizations. Since then, the company has expanded upon the available features and now businesses can accept crypto through BitPay and receive error-free payments from over 200 million crypto users. As a blockchain payment processor, BitPay’s goal is to work with all wallets, and BitPay is the only payment processor who works with more than 100 different wallets to facilitate and optimize consumer to business and business to business payments. The company has processed over $5 billion in payments volume since inception, for tens of thousands of businesses worldwide. Businesses accepting crypto should be able to accept payments from any crypto wallet and payments should post fast and be free of payment expectations. BitPay Protocol delivers on all these benefits and BitPay is pleased that our new and existing wallet and exchange partners have set the industry bar for payment quality, We are developing payment technology solutions to transform how businesses and people send, receive, and store money around the world making payments faster, more secure, and less expensive.” Stephen Pair, CEO of BitPay. Since the founding of Edge, we have always been passionate about people truly using cryptocurrency to buy and sell goods and services, We are happy to support the BitPay Payment Protocol to streamline the user experience at the point of sale for thousands of merchants and further drive adoption of cryptocurrency.” Paul Puey, CEO / Co-founder at Edge. About BitPay Founded in 2011, BitPay is one of the oldest cryptocurrency companies. As a pioneer in blockchain payment processing, the company’s mission is to transform how businesses and people send, receive, and store money. Its business solutions eliminate fraud chargebacks, reduce the cost of payment processing, and enable borderless payments in cryptocurrency, among other services. BitPay offers consumers a complete digital asset management solution that includes the BitPay Wallet and BitPay Prepaid Card, enabling them to turn digital assets into dollars for spending at tens of thousands of businesses. The company has offices in North America, Europe, and South America and has raised more than $70 million in funding from leading investment firms including Founders Fund, Index Ventures, Virgin Group, and Aquiline Technology Growth.

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BITCOIN AND CRYPTO

Okcoin Partners with PrimeXM, Becomes First Cryptocurrency Exchange to Use Industry-Leading Trading & Aggregation Engine

Okcoin | March 24, 2022

Okcoin, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing cryptocurrency platforms, today announced a partnership with PrimeXM, a leading provider of low-latency connectivity, aggregation, and B2B trading technology. With the integration of PrimeXM's XCore technology, Okcoin is the first cryptocurrency exchange to become a liquidity provider in the XCore community, a global marketplace of 250+ institutional maker and taker firms that transact on average more than $55 billion per day in foreign exchange (FX), spot metals, contract for differences (CFDs), futures, stocks, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Okcoin can now roll out hundreds of B2B/FIX API connections to financial institutions, giving standardized access to trade in digital assets to more brokers, hedge funds, family offices, proprietary trading desks, and e-trading platforms. Members of the PrimeXM XCore community—which include CMC Markets, FXCM, Swissquote, and UOB Kay Hian, among other leaders—have the freedom to choose their trading counterparties in a cost-efficient manner. Okcoin will offer 24/7 connectivity and access to crypto investing and trading with a seamless experience for institutions using their existing technology stack. We're pleased to team up with PrimeXM to make crypto more accessible, The demand among institutions for crypto solutions is at an all-time high, making the integration of XCore a natural step for us to take. We look forward to bridging the gap between institutional trading and digital assets as part of the XCore community." Khairi Azmi, Okcoin General Manager for Singapore and Head of Sales for Asia. We are excited to welcome Okcoin as a crypto exchange liquidity provider into our growing XCore trading community, enabling them to service their institutional clients with our technology, We look forward to working with the Okcoin team to establish new 'win-win' opportunities while connecting the booming digital assets market with traditional financial and e-trading platforms." Sam Su, PrimeXM Business Development Manager for Asia. Okcoin is a regulated crypto exchange made up of both the central limit order book system and OTC, supported by market participants from institutions and retail partners globally. Known for its low fees and transparent price discovery, Okcoin's platform offers segregated wallets/subaccounts, leverage, post trade settlement, and an unparalleled depth of crypto liquidity for institutions to complete their crypto purchases and trades. About Okcoin Founded in 2013, Okcoin is a US-headquartered cryptocurrency exchange serving 190+ countries and territories. The platform enables retail and institutional investors to purchase 50+ digital assets using local currencies, with a mission to make crypto easy for everyone including first-time buyers. Okcoin was the first centralized exchange to offer direct entry into decentralized finance (DeFi) with Earn, a tool for earning APY through decentralized lending, liquidity pools, staking, and more. In addition, Okcoin offers institutional trading tools and APIs to asset managers, venture capital and hedge funds, retail brokers, payment processors, and more. About PrimeXM PrimeXM is an award-winning technology and connectivity provider to the global financial industry. Founded in 2010, PrimeXM's key business focus is providing cutting edge XCore technology which is a powerful aggregation pricing and trading engine, OMS, real-time Risk management, Monitoring and Reporting system with full front to back margin and trading capabilities. The XCore e-trading platform is also a powerful B2B/FIX API engine supporting high-end MT4/MT5 bridging technology and it is integrated with hundreds of other 3rd party maker & taker OMS/EMS systems.

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