The North East Fraud Forum is hosting its annual conference next month, and we’d love you to join us. The key topic is around Digital Identity and its role in fraud. With guest speakers from Virgin Money, Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School and Regional Police Forces, it will be a very informative event.

The event is free for NEFF members. If you do not have a valid membership, the cost is usually £250 per delegate but we are currently offering a 25% discount. Please use the code CONF2018 at checkout to claim your discount.

The Agenda

9:00 – 9:30am      REGISTRATION – Coffee / Tea / Biscuits
9:30 – 9:40am      INTRODUCTION
9:40am                 START OF CONFERENCE

The Dark Web

  • What exactly is the DarkWeb?
  • Is it all bad?
  • How can it affect your business?
  • How can it affect 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 & Legal Procedural Challenges of Crime

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 Cryptocurrency
  • 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

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

12:30 – 13:00                LUNCH

Digital Identity

  • 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

  • Machine Learning
  • PSD2/Open Banking
  • How does Digital Identity affect PSD2/Open Banking.

Police Presentations

A perspective of fraud and cyber crime over the past year

15:30                            Event Close

*The NEFF reserves the right to make changes to the schedule if it is deemed applicable.

Book now using the button below and remember to use the code CONF2018 at checkout to claim your discount.