The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, with its growing economies and rapidly digitizing financial sector, faces a rising tide of digital banking fraud. In our new report, BioCatch threat analysts and global advisors take a deep dive into this landscape, unearthing trends that are as enlightening as they are unsettling.

The Rising Specter of Call Center Gangs and Human Trafficking

In an ominous convergence of crime, call center gangs and human trafficking are joining forces, creating a labyrinth of digital deception. Criminals are exploiting vulnerable individuals, forcing them into the role of unsuspecting mules in their fraudulent schemes. These alarming trends underscore the need for robust fraud defense measures to safeguard digital financial transactions.

Scams: The Main Culprit in APAC Cybercrime

Shockingly, scams account for 54% of all digital banking fraud in the APAC region. From phishing to advanced payment fraud, these crimes are becoming increasingly sophisticated, necessitating the adoption of cutting-edge countermeasures.

From RAT to Social Engineering: Fraudsters are Adapting

As Australian financial institutions fortify their defenses with BioCatch’s behavioral biometrics solutions to guard against Remote Access Trojans (RAT), fraudsters are adapting their tactics. They’re shifting their focus to social engineering scams, exploiting human vulnerabilities instead of system weaknesses. This pivot emphasizes the need for comprehensive cybersecurity strategies that encompass both technological and human elements.

Investment Scams: The Older Population at Greater Risk

Our report unveils another sobering truth: victims of investment scams are predominantly older than the general population, echoing our previous findings in the EMEA region. The elder demographic, often less tech-savvy, is more susceptible to digital deception, making them prime targets for fraudsters. Addressing this issue requires a multi-pronged approach, combining user education, increased vigilance, and advanced fraud prevention measures.

The Web of Remote Access Scams

Notably, 51% of investment scam victims were formerly targeted in remote access scams. It seems that once drawn into the world of digital fraud, victims find it difficult to break free, often falling prey to additional scams. This insight underscores the need for preemptive measures to break this cycle.

For a more detailed exploration of these trends and insights on how to combat them, we invite you to download the full report now.

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