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Barry Thompson

Conquering Emerging Fraud Trends
Barry Thompson, Thompson Consulting Group, LLC

The faces of fraud are changing rapidly and old confidence games have been reinvented to take advantage of unsuspecting accountholders. In this session, Barry reviews consistent and upcoming confidence games as well as what we can do to stop people from becoming victims. Barry teaches you the tools, tricks, and websites used by criminals to defeat common sense. You learn how to identify potential problems by understanding questions people ask when conducting normal business transactions. Barry provides information that you can use in your training sessions with staff.

About Barry Thompson

Barry Thompson, the author of 101 Security Tips for the Beginning Security Officer, is known as “The Fraud Educator.” He has worked in the financial services industry for over three decades, holding the positions of security officer, compliance officer, treasurer, senior vice president, and executive vice president. He is the only fraud educator in his industry that has worked in senior management positions, which affords him unique insight into financial institutions.

Over the course of his career, Barry handled over 900 security cases. He has been involved with investigations and prosecutions on the federal, state, and local levels, and has testified before grand juries, county courts, bankruptcy courts, family courts, and the New York State Supreme Court. As a security specialist for a national financial trade association, Barry was involved in all phases of organizing the National Operations, Technology and Security Conference, including designing and overseeing the conference’s security track, hiring conference speakers, and writing the conference manual.

Barry is an in-demand, internationally-recognized speaker where he has made fraud, theft, and security presentations to groups throughout the country, in Europe, and at the United Nations.

Recognizing the importance of professional development for himself as well as those he teaches, he has completed certification requirements and attended prestigious schools held at Northwestern University, the University of Oklahoma, Emory University, and Fairfield University. He has put his knowledge and expertise to use as an instructor for various financial organization schools and institutes.

Barry is also a writer who contributes to Bankers’ Hotline,, and other industry publications. He is the security and compliance “guru” for, and has been interviewed by Newsweek, Consumer Reports, and other national and regional publications. Today, his firm focuses primarily on training at national and state conferences and conventions and in-house to banks and credit unions, from physical security to computer security. This includes in-depth instruction on identity theft, internal fraud, scams and schemes, conducting investigations, social media, and bank robbery. To date, he has trained more than 40,000 financial professionals—and growing.

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