“Project Sandpiper”, an EU Project to fight Payment Card Fraud, will be presented at EAST FCS 2015

DCPCU LogoA Case Study on “Project Sandpiper” will be presented at the EAST Financial Crime and Security Forum (EAST FCS 2015). The successful project, an exercise in Private Sector & Law Enforcement cooperation, was initiated by UK authorities and headed by the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU).

The DCPCU is a special police unit comprising police officers appointed from the City of London Police and Metropolitan Police Services who operate together with industry fraud investigators. The DCPCU secured European Commission funding in 2013 in order to finance the project specifically focused on tackling Romanian criminality affecting the UK payment industry at the time.

The project involved connecting the DCPCU with the UK payments industry as well as law enforcement officers in Romania, involved in tackling the country’s organised crime gangs.

The Case Study, which will be jointly presented by Ben Birtwistle from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Russell Chinn from the DCPCU, will  explain how to effectively coordinate efforts to combat card fraud and ATM fraud through cooperation and information sharing.

Speaker Spotlight

Ben Birtwistle RBSBen Birtwistle is Manager – Customer Outcomes & Fraud – ATM Operations, at RBS Group. He heads the Customer Outcomes & Fraud unit in RBS ATM Operations, overseeing all deliverables designed to ensure customers are served correctly and securely at any RBS, NatWest, Ulster Bank or Tesco Bank ATM. Previous roles include Manager ATM Fraud Control, Intelligence & Co-Ordination Analyst and Customer Contact Training Manager. Ben started in the bank in 2003 after completing a Fine Arts degree and taking time out to travel.

Book soon to ensure you don’t miss your opportunity to attend the event. Places are limited and registration priority will be given to EAST Members, National and Associate.

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