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First sessions in a series of complimentary BIDS presentations attract a large audience
April 2, 2015

As part of its educational outreach efforts, Bankers’ Bank of the West led nine complimentary web-based presentations for BIDS users over a two-week period, drawing 130 registrants from 43 banks. Those sessions touched on the functional capabilities of the system at a high level.

The hour-long presentations were conducted by BBW Vice President-Cash Management Services Mary Brown.

“We kicked off this series with a thorough overview because BIDS is a powerful tool that regularly evolves to meet users’ needs and adapt to the environment,” Mary said. “It made sense to cover the basics in the first group of webinars. And now our customers are helping us work out what to focus on next quarter.”

Congratulations and thank you to all who took part the recent webinars. BBW’s BIDS users are invited to send feedback on the first presentations or suggest BIDS-related topics for future courses: email

Defend your bank against hackers: Verify your originators
March 17, 2015

A number of banks are reporting that their customers’ emails have been hacked. Hacking can trigger a chain of events aimed at defrauding financial institutions. The most effective precaution your bank can take is to completely and consistently follow best practices. The following story illustrates why.

Bank XYZ receives an email that appears to be from its good customer. The email instructs the bank to wire funds to a beneficiary in a foreign country. An employee at Bank XYZ, relying on the email alone for authorization, wires the funds according to the instructions in the email.

What went wrong in this example? The good customer’s email had been hacked. The emailed wire request was sent by a fraudster in a distant country, and the funds are long gone by now.

And because the employee at Bank XYZ failed to call the customer to confirm the originator’s identity, it’s Bank XYZ that suffered the loss.

Unfortunately, U.S. financial institutions have incurred large financial losses as a result of this type of fraud. We urge you stress the importance of always making a call-back to your customer to verify any faxed or emailed wire transfer request before releasing payment. Whether your bank uses passwords or PINs to verify the identity of customers, following this step without exception will help safeguard both your customer and your bank.