PODCAST

IAFCI Presents... The Protectors

IAFCI.org

From ATM Skimming to Human Trafficking, The Protectors Podcast takes you inside the minds of criminals from around the world with leading experts and the investigators who put them behind bars.  Presented by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI), and hosted by International President, Mike Carroll, and International VP, Mark Solomon, The Protectors is a bi-weekly podcast that aims to educate consumers on the fraud, financial, and cybercriminal activities that are happening every second of every day.  Don’t become the next victim. The host's and guest's opinions are their own and do not reflect those of management, employers, or sponsors. Listeners are encouraged to contact local or state law enforcement if they suspect being a victim of a crime.

Play Trailer
The IAFCI Presents... The Protectors
Sep 23 2021
The IAFCI Presents... The Protectors
From ATM Skimming to Human Trafficking, The Protectors Podcast takes you inside the minds of criminals from around the world with leading experts and the investigators who put them behind bars. Presented by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI), and hosted by International President, Mike Carroll, and International VP, Mark Solomon, The Protectors is a bi-weekly podcast that aims to educate consumers on the fraud, financial, and cybercriminal activities that are happening every second of every day.  Don’t become the next victim.
Gone Phishing: Online Extortion of US Businesses at an All-Time High
4d ago
Gone Phishing: Online Extortion of US Businesses at an All-Time High
On today's show, Mike and Mark speak with Abdul Abufilat. Abdul is a senior threat intelligence analyst at the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center working in the areas of information security, national security, and supply chain risk management. Abdul lets us in on the some of the greatest security threats that businesses large and small are facing today. He also gives us his perspective on how intelligence threats from our adversaries are affecting supply chains here in the U.S. Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report Link: (
PARENTS of TEENS and COLLEGE STUDENTS... Shut Down Scams Before They Happen!
Jun 8 2022
PARENTS of TEENS and COLLEGE STUDENTS... Shut Down Scams Before They Happen!
Mike and Mark expose new scams that are affecting teens and college students across the nation. They also share the lighter side of fraud that they've experienced throughout their decades in law enforcement. (
Don't Be the Next Victim: Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud!
May 25 2022
Don't Be the Next Victim: Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud!
Mike and Mark welcome Mark Kasak to the show. Mark is a nationwide financial fraud prevention, investigations, and training leader whose current focus is on preventing financial crime in financial institutions and assisting consumers in protecting their financial profiles. Marks discusses current trends in identity theft victimization/prevention and consumer safeguard plans while also providing insight into what financial institutions are doing to better protect their customers from the many different types of financial fraud. Show Related Links:uspis.gov ftc.gov
Spilling the NFTea on Digital Assets and Cyber-Enabled Financial Crime
May 11 2022
Spilling the NFTea on Digital Assets and Cyber-Enabled Financial Crime
On today's show, Mike and Mark welcome Michael Fasanello. Michael is a private sector compliance executive and thought leader specializing in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF), global sanctions, and other illicit finance, with a current focus on the digital assets and blockchain technology space. In this episode, Michael discusses the currently emerging market of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and their use in the Digital Asset Space. He takes us further into Digital Assets by exploring Cryptocurrency. Michael runs through the scams that he often sees in his profession while giving us helpful tips on avoiding these scams. Michael also gives us his outlook on the future for cyber-enabled "FinCrime" and how to safely navigate your way through this new financial world increasingly reliant on technology. GUEST CONTACT INFO:Michael Fasanello, JD, CCI  Compliance Officer | Blockchain & Crypto Subject Matter Expert | Thought Leader | Former US Banking Regulator Linkedin: ( (@BL0CKCHAINMIKE) Twitter: (@cryptotwitter) Website: ( ( (Investigating Cryptocurrencies: Understanding, Extracting, and Analyzing Blockchain Evidence) Article: (
Gang’s... Gun’s... and Money: The Intersecting Paths of Financial Crimes in the U.S.
Apr 27 2022
Gang’s... Gun’s... and Money: The Intersecting Paths of Financial Crimes in the U.S.
Mike and Mark welcome NYPD Detective Daniel Alessandrino to the podcast to take a deeper look at financial crimes and their connection to organized criminal groups and gangs. Listeners will get a street level view of how fraud and financial crimes help fund and attract some to a life of crime and gang activity. GUEST CONTACT INFO:daniel.alessandrino@nypd.org
BLOOD DIAMONDS: How Common Criminals Turned the Illegal Use of Diamonds, Gemstones and Precious Metals Into a Multi-billion Dollar Industry
Apr 13 2022
BLOOD DIAMONDS: How Common Criminals Turned the Illegal Use of Diamonds, Gemstones and Precious Metals Into a Multi-billion Dollar Industry
In today's episode, Mike and Mark speak with financial crimes specialist and author, Kelly Ross. Kelly, a former police officer and SME for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police gives listeners a close-up look at the crimes associated with diamonds and precious metals and how they tie into the seedy world of organized crime. He also discusses the obstacles and complications involved in investigating these crimes and what the future holds for law enforcement and the criminal element in the billion-dollar underground precious metal, diamond, and gemstone industry. GUEST CONTACT INFO:
Grandparent Scams: How to Protect Your Loved Ones from These Organized Crimes
Mar 30 2022
Grandparent Scams: How to Protect Your Loved Ones from These Organized Crimes
Today Mike and Mark are joined by Detective Kenneth Sealy with the Aventura Police Department. We will be discussing grandparent scams and how they are perpetuated, as well as some of the current trends across the nation as these scams grow in frequency to include use of crypto, sim swaps, and spoofing. Additionally, we will dive deeper into who’s behind these organized scams. Brace yourself - you may be shocked at these revelations. We will also discuss some of the challenges faced by law enforcement in these investigations, some of the successes, and how we can all help protect ourselves and our elderly loved ones from these scams.  GUEST CONTACT INFO:Kenneth Sealy: 305-336-0350 info@SIFLET.com
TRACKING BLOOD MONEY: Combating Wildlife & Environmental Crimes with Amanda Gore
Mar 16 2022
TRACKING BLOOD MONEY: Combating Wildlife & Environmental Crimes with Amanda Gore
On today’s Podcast, Mike and Mark are joined by Amanda Gore, Forensic Accountant from Capetown South Africa. Over the last five years, her work has concentrated on applying financial-crime tools and techniques to environmental crime offenses across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She discusses illegal wildlife trafficking and environmental crimes and gives helpful information for banks and financial institutions to assist in combating illegal wildlife trafficking. GUEST CONTACT INFO:Amanda Gore: +254 799 751 560 agore@globaladvancement.org About the Centre for Global Advancement (C4GA): Incorporated in 2020, the Centre for Global Advancement (C4GA) aims to advance and innovate new tools and strategies to combat environmental and financial crime. Registered in the United Kingdom as a community interest company (“CIC”), C4GA operates on a not-for-profit basis with a commercial company office in Kenya. For More Information:   (
Gas Pump Skimming:  How To Protect Yourself From Becoming a Victim
Mar 2 2022
Gas Pump Skimming: How To Protect Yourself From Becoming a Victim
Today, Mike and Mark are joined by Adam Colby, Director and Chief Intelligence Coordinator of the Financial Crimes Intelligence Center in Tyler, TX.  Adam discusses how his agency, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, have been able to significantly reduce gas pump credit card skimming cases in the past several years in Smith County, TX.  Adam gives helpful tips and useful knowledge to help protect yourself from falling victim to this multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise. Public link to the TX Financial Crimes Intelligence Center  (
Struggling For Love and The Cost of Romance Scams
Feb 16 2022
Struggling For Love and The Cost of Romance Scams
Mike and Mark welcome Dr. Liselotte Schuster, a romance scam victim at 44 years old, lonely and looking for love, who stood up, reported her story and is now an advocate for others. Joining them is Postal Inspector Natalie Reda, working on the frontline, investigating, and seeking justice for those who have fallen victim. In this episode we get the point of view from both the victim and the investigator. GUEST CONTACT INFO:Dr. Liselotte Schuster
"Anne’s Story" and the Ultimate Romance Scam & Tragedy
Feb 2 2022
"Anne’s Story" and the Ultimate Romance Scam & Tragedy
Mike and Mark welcome Officer Todd Radek of the Arlington Heights, Illinois Police Department to the podcast, as he shares Anne’s Story. Tragically, Anne fell victim to a romance scam and was victimized repeatedly by fraudsters. The crime itself was not the end to the pain she endured. We hope Anne’s story will help prevent others from becoming victims. LISTENER RESOURCE INFORMATION:AARP Fraud Watch Network HOTLINE: 877-908-3360
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network - Fighting To Keep Our Communities Safe
Jan 19 2022
AARP’s Fraud Watch Network - Fighting To Keep Our Communities Safe
Mike and Mark welcome Erica Michalowski Associate state director for AARPs community Outreach Program in Connecticut to the show to talk about AARP's Fraud Watch Network and the incredible work their volunteers are doing to educate our seniors about frauds, scams, and other crimes targeting our loved ones. With a little education and awareness, we can protect our loved ones from fraudsters. LISTENER RESOURCE INFORMATION:AARP Fraud Watch Network HOTLINE: 877-908-3360
Felony Lane Gang Is Coming to Your Town
Jan 5 2022
Felony Lane Gang Is Coming to Your Town
Detective Crystal Lopez of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police joins Mike and Mark on the podcast to discuss "Felony Lane Gang (FLG) groups that target females who leave their purses and contents unattended inside their vehicle for just a few costly moments across the Nation that leave their personal belongings in parked vehicles. A break of the vehicle window and quick reach in and they are off to the nearest bank branch to impersonate you. GUEST CONTACT INFO:Detective Crystal Lopez, Maryland-National Capital Park Police Email: crystal.lopez@mncparkpolice.org Office Phone: 301-929-2774
"Date.CON" Don't Fall for an Online Romance Scam
Dec 22 2021
"Date.CON" Don't Fall for an Online Romance Scam
In today's world, there are almost as many fraudsters on dating websites and the Internet as there are people looking for relationships. Mike and Mark, the hosts of the Podcast, IAFCI Presents... The Protectors discuss online dating scams. Think you met the perfect soulmate? Well if your discussions have anything to do with finances, then you probably getting scammed. These fraudsters are patient, convincing, and know how to gain your trust.  dating and romance have become common nowadays. While there are people that have found love through online dating (you probably know some), its rapid increase in popularity over recent years has seen a dramatic rise in online romance scams. Finding love online can be challenging. You will never know when you will meet the right one or if you are meeting someone who will scam you out of your pockets. Not long ago, it was embarrassing to find love online. Some people thought it was a clear sign of desperation. Some thought that dating websites were scams and full of people that were up to no good. But due to the ever-changing world, it can be challenging to find a partner. Fortunately, due to innovations, more and more people are checking the internet for almost everything including love.
Cut it Out: Coupon Fraud & the Multi-Million Dollar Criminal Industry
Dec 8 2021
Cut it Out: Coupon Fraud & the Multi-Million Dollar Criminal Industry
Mike and Mark welcome Bud Miller, Executive Director of the CouponInformation Center (CIC), who is considered one of the leading coupon fraud investigators in the United States. Coupon fraud is a multi-million dollar business that not only affects manufacturers and retailers, but also you, the average consumer.  Thinking about buying coupons on the Internet?  You will think twice after you hear this podcast.  Coupon fraud has gone viral and Hollywood with the recent release of “Queenpins” starring Vince Vaughn.  Now find out how the real investigators take down coupon fraudsters and how retailers can quickly identify counterfeit coupons. GUEST CONTACT INFO: Bud Miller, Executive Director Email: 2010@couponinformationcenter.com Phone: 239.331.7280 Coupon Information Corporation (CIC) for the CIC App FOR RETAILERS and LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY (  p-request-form/) The Coupon Information Corporation (CIC) is a not-for-profit association of consumer product manufacturers dedicated to fighting coupon misredemption and fraud. CIC was founded to encourage integrity in connection with the redemption of manufacturers’ coupons and participation in other promotional programs. We encourage and support federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts to identify, investigate, and prosecute coupon misredemption. Since its inception in 1985, CIC has: Exposed fraud schemes involving more than $750 million Identified thousands of individuals and entities misusing coupons Addressed new and emerging coupon challenges prior to becoming endemic Recovered and returned millions of dollars to victims Supported the prosecution of every significant coupon fraud case since 1986 – and never lost a case. CIC provides education and current information to consumers, best practices to retailers, advocacy for our members (primarily manufacturers), and resources and support to law enforcement. CIC leads efforts to reform and improve security practices, enhance transparency, and open communications among all industry participants.
Tips For a Fraud Free Holiday with Silvia Carrier
Nov 24 2021
Tips For a Fraud Free Holiday with Silvia Carrier
Mike and Mark invite Silvia Carrier, Team Leader for the Mail Fraud Team for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Chicago Division, to their Holiday Podcast to discuss fraud awareness and prevention for the Holiday season. It may be the season for cheer and goodwill, but it is also a busy season for fraudsters and grinches. Silvia will provide valuable information to protect against, mail theft and fraud, porch pirate schemes as well as holiday and charity-related scams.   To File a Report Contact: United States Postal Inspection Service Toll Free 24/7 at 877-876-2455 Your guide to intelligent givingSince 2001, Charity Navigator has been empowering millions of donors by providing them with free access to data, tools, and resources to guide philanthropic decision-making. Through our ratings, nonprofits are equipped with the nonprofit sector's premier trust indicator and a powerful platform to raise awareness and funds. Accessed more than 11 million times annually, donors can give with confidence knowing the organizations that are highly rated on Charity Navigator efficiently steward donations and are accountable and transparent. While we have a large footprint and an established, trusted brand, our team of approximately 25 considers itself small but mighty. Like the nonprofits we rate, we're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, too. We don't charge the organizations we evaluate, ensuring our ratings remain objective. In turn, we depend on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations to fund our programs.
Elder Fraud with April Devalkenaere
Nov 10 2021
Elder Fraud with April Devalkenaere
Mike and Mark welcome April Devalkenaere, Wisconsin Chapter President (IAFCI) and  Paralegal for the White Collar Crime Unit at the Waukesha WI District Attorney’s Office to the podcast.  April discusses the epidemic of elder exploitation in America and the fact that 90 percent of the perpetrators are known by or close to the victim.  April will provide valuable red flags that may indicate that your loved one is being targeted for exploitation or scams.  If you are a senior or have a senior in your family, you will not want to miss this episode. ABOUT OUR GUEST Advocate April DeValkenaere, SBWCP, CFCIFounder of Fortress Financial Education LLC, with 25 years of financial experience. I enjoy educating people on how to protect themselves and their loved ones. I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology, Sociology and Criminal Justice. I am certified as a paralegal through the State Bar of Wisconsin (SBWCP) and as a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator (CFCI) through the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI). Resources:
What Happened in Afghanistan?
Oct 27 2021
What Happened in Afghanistan?
Mike Carroll and Mark Solomon welcome Declan Hill, journalist, academic, and author of "The Fix & The Insider’s Guide to Match-Fixing." Declan is considered one of the world's foremost experts on match-fixing and corruption in International Sports.  While speaking at the IAFCI Annual Training Conference in Chicago, Declan stopped by our on-site studio to sit down with Mike and Mark and discuss the withdrawal and ongoing crisis that is Afghanistan today. Declan discusses the multitude of failures and travesties that America and NATO allies have suffered in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. From child sex trafficking and the resurgence of opium production to government spending abuses, political corruption and the billions in weapons and technology abandoned, Declan tackles it all. PLEASE NOTE: International President, Mike Carroll and International VP, Mark Solomon want to thank all the servicemen and women who served in Afghanistan, and especially the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Your service was not in vain, and America is grateful and proud of your efforts and sacrifices. GUEST INFORMATION: Declan Hill Website: ( ( (
Cryptocurrency Fraud; Comprehending, Combating and Solving Virtual Currency Crimes
Oct 13 2021
Cryptocurrency Fraud; Comprehending, Combating and Solving Virtual Currency Crimes
Join Mike Carroll and Mark Solomon from the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators as they welcome Michael Fasanello, Director of Training and Regulatory Affairs at Blockchain Intelligence Group. Mike and Mark explore the origins and the future of cryptocurrency, as well as cybercrimes associated with cryptocurrency transactions. You’ll learn about some of the proven investigative tactics and crypto tracing tools that law enforcement and the private sector use in their investigations into these high-tech crimes. Can your crypto wallet be hacked? Can investigators trace and recover funds from cryptocurrency fraud? All this and more on The Protectors.   GUEST INFORMATION:Michael C. Fasanello, JDDirector of Training and Regulatory Affairs, BLOCKCHAIN INTERACTIVE GROUP Email: michael.fasanello@blockchaingroup.io LinkedIn: ( (
The IAFCI Presents... The Protectors
Sep 23 2021
The IAFCI Presents... The Protectors
From ATM Skimming to Human Trafficking, The Protectors Podcast takes you inside the minds of criminals from around the world with leading experts and the investigators who put them behind bars. Presented by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI), and hosted by International President, Mike Carroll, and International VP, Mark Solomon, The Protectors is a bi-weekly podcast that aims to educate consumers on the fraud, financial, and cybercriminal activities that are happening every second of every day.  Don’t become the next victim.