first_imgA sharp increase in the use of online rental applications since the start of the coronavirus pandemic has caused a consequent jump in red flags for fraud. The percentage of so-called fraud triggers detected by TransUnion increased nearly 30% from March to August, according to the credit reporting agency. TransUnion defines fraud triggers as applicant statuses with failed authentication and/or identified as high risk. They reached a high of 15.2% in August, compared with 10.3% over the same period last year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –  “What Covid has done is accelerated the rental industry’s adoption of technologies in the digital environment to become contactless,” said Maitri Johnson, vice president of TransUnion’s tenant and employment business. “As this acceleration into the digital environment has occurred, it also has opened up the prevalence of fraud much more so.” As a result, the multifamily rental industry is now at higher risk. Since the pandemic began, the frequency of actual fraud incidents has jumped by nearly 50%, according to TransUnion’s survey of 82 multifamily executives. Another quarter saw up to 100 instances of fraud in their portfolios in the past year. While many were able to flag fraudsters before they moved in, 41% said they missed it, and the applicant moved in. These fraud cases are largely about faking the identity of the tenant. They include using someone else’s driver’s license, stealing someone else’s Social Security number from the dark web or inventing a new identity entirely, known as synthetic fraud.- Advertisement – Sign advertising apartments for rent in the Upper East Side in New York City.Adam Jeffery | CNBCcenter_img – Advertisement –  Synthetic fraud involves building a credit profile for a person who doesn’t exist and then using that profile to open credit cards to buy merchandise. The rental home then becomes a part of the crime. “Taking this fictitious persona, applying for apartment home, it all checks out, and they get access to an apartment home, and they eventually use it as a drop zone for all their spend. Then they will skip out in the middle of the night,” Johnson said. It all leaves the landlord holding the bag. Two in 3 executives told TransUnion they were concerned about fraud growth within their communities. With thousands of valid tenants now behind on their rent because of the pandemic, this only adds to the burdens of property management companies and adds to the losses of property owners.“If you’re trying to evict someone, but that someone doesn’t exist, how do you do that?” Johnson said.last_img read more


first_imgManchester United captain, Harry Maguire, has pleaded not guilty to charges after appearing in court following his arrest on the island of Mykonos. The England defender, 27, was arrested following an alleged fight on Thursday night, along with two other Britons, aged 28 and 29. Police said there had been an altercation and an exchange of words with officers with the three men appearing before a prosecutor on the nearby island of Syros on Saturday. Maguire was in court for around an hour testifying to a prosecutor, where he denied all charges, and it is understood the trial has been adjourned until a hearing on Tuesday. However, the three defendants are not obliged to attend the trial and are free to return home. Maguire left the courthouse in an unmarked van, refusing to make any comment or statement on the incident. When asked by Sky News’ sports correspondent Martha Kelner whether Maguire was a free man, the defender’s lawyer said: “Right now. Yes.” The prosecutor is considering three charges – aggravated assault, verbal assault and also the most serious one, the attempted bribery of an official. Although it is unclear which of these charges specifically pertain to Maguire and which to the two other men, it could be as much as a three-year prison sentence for attempted bribery. Speaking from the scene, Kelner said: “Unfortunately the only people who know what happened in that courtroom are Harry Maguire, the two people he was co-defendants with, and of course the prosecutor and his defence lawyer. “The legal system here is rather opaque. These hearings are not open. Journalists are not allowed in. read also:Maguire’s lawyer: Man Utd captain denies allegations Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian Women6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Product That Have Wild Origin StoriesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Loading… center_img “As a consequence of that, the details of what went on inside there and what the eventual resolution was, if there was any resolution, is still unclear. “It seems there may have been an agreement, according to Greek media reports – that Harry Maguire returns to the island of Mykonos, which is around a 50-minute boat ride from here, to apologise for what took place there on Thursday night in order for him to return to England. “I was also speaking to someone on the ground here, and he was saying Harry Maguire has to return to the courtroom on Tuesday. But there is a chance, that hearing if it does have to happen, goes ahead without the Manchester United defender.” A statement released by the Hellenic Police’s South Aegean region press office on Friday afternoon read: “Patrolling police officers in the area of Mykonos intervened and normalised a dispute between citizens. “However, three foreigners involved in the incident turned against them, insulting and hitting a police officer with fists. “The three foreigners were taken to the Mykonos Police Station, where upon their arrival they strongly resisted, pushing and beating three police officers. “One of the detainees then tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed. The arrested (men) were taken to the Syros Prosecutor’s Office.” Manchester United released a statement shortly after confirming Maguire’s ‘not guilty’ plea, which read: “Following the appearance in court today we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file. “Harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. It would be inappropriate for the player or club to comment further while the legal process takes its course.” Maguire had been on Mykonos with family and friends, having been given two weeks off following the side’s semi-final defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League on Sunday. The club is set to open their 2020/21 Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on September 19 – having had their start delayed by a week due to their European involvement. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


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