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North East Fraud Forum 2018 Annual Conference – What’s in a Name? Your Digital Identity and it’s role in fraud.

November 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

- Free - £250

North East Fraud Forum 2018 Annual Conference – we have put together a range of topics that are currently very topical and that are all linked to one another in some way.

Dark Web

What we would be looking to present on the following:

What exactly is the DarkWeb?

Is it all bad?

How can it affect your business?

How can it affect t a person?

Both above could be positive and negative (if there is a variation)

Where is it, where does it sit in relation to the “normal” internet?

Fraud and darknet marketplaces: The technical and (legal) procedural challenges of crime in the darknet environment.

Philip Anderson, Senior Lecturer, Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Adam Jackson, Associate Professor, Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University, Newcastle.

A “darknet” is an encrypted anonymised communication network (ACN) that can only be accessed by using specialist software. The network of sites, such as Tor, Freenet etc., provide the services and websites running on darknets which is also referred to as the Dark Web. A common feature of darknet environments is the existence of “marketplaces” through which illicit goods, including drugs and articles for use in fraud, can be bought and sold anonymously.

Adam Jackson and Philip Anderson will explore the operation of darknet marketplaces and consider the technical and procedural challenges of investigating and prosecuting criminal activity enabled by, and taking place within, darknet environments. Philip will draw on his extensive experience as a specialist in digital forensics and Adam will explore his involvement in an ongoing research project funded by Nordforsk, the UK ESRC and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research entitled Police detectives on the TOR network: A study on tensions between crime fighting and privacy (PDTOR).


Regulations and use of

How do you buy the currency?

How does the currency actually work?

What is the difference between it and the”real” currency we use in our day to day lives

We would like this to link to the AML presentation

(Action Fraud have just recently issued an alert on Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Investments and Fake Endorsements)

Tactical tinkering or radical re-imagining: fixing the flaws in the AML/TF regime.

In light of yet more revelations about money laundering by banks, most recently through the Cayman Islands, we encourage participants to think differently about the ML/TF compliance and reporting regime. The Law Commission is currently consulting on changing provisions within the Proceeds of Crime Act in relation to the SARs regime and to confiscation and this provides an opportunity to consider what alternative approaches might be available.

  • The existing regime, where it started and how it has evolved
  • The pressures on those making the reports
  • The pressures on those using the intelligence
  • The choices and suggestions

Digital Identity

We will look at:

How to protect your digital identity

How does a business identify / verify that they are in contact with the correct person and protect themselves from fraud

The use of biometrics to prove your identity

The use of mobile media to prove your identity

Banking issues / protection / etc

To look at Machine Learning is certainly something that’s very current but I wonder if

To look at PSD2/Open Banking

How does Digital Identity affect PSD2/Open Banking. thinking how it could link to a discussion on PSD2 as the banks are being compelled by that regulation to make changes to how they authenticate customers).

Corporate Governance

How is Corporate Governance affected by the issues we have discussed today

How does your companies’ board or management team react to these issues

Police Inputs

A perspective of fraud and cyber crime over the past year

NEFF 2018 / 19 Members: Please note if you are an Individual Member only conference attendance is not included and the cost is £100.00 + VAT.  All other membership packages include conference attendance.

Non-Members – £250.00 + VAT. (This price will include membership of the NEFF for 2018 / 19 and all the benefits that an Individual Premium membership incorporates)

The NEFF reserves the right to make changes to the agenda if it is deemed applicable owing to any unforeseen or unavoidable cause.  


November 15
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Free - £250
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John Heslop


Virgin Money
Jubilee House
Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4PL
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