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Mike Tchirkow

Fraud Manager

My name is Mike Tchirkow. As fraud manager for Giftcards.com, it is my responsibility to oversee all aspects of fraud prevention occurring with the company and its affiliates. I am also responsible for detecting and preventing money laundering activities arising from the sale of open-loop, closed-loop and reloadable prepaid products.

Assisting others in the understanding and prevention of fraud is of great interest to me. As such, my articles will span various topics relating to fraud prevention, current fraud trends, and what we can all do to protect ourselves.

My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as a master’s degree in criminology. Furthermore, I am a Certified Fraud Examiner and member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. In my free time I enjoy playing ice hockey, reading books, and amateur watchmaking.

CMU Students Help in the Fight Against Fraud

By Mike Tchirkow | Published February 18, 2014
To bolster our transaction monitoring processes, we sponsored a project for a team of students in the Professional Software Engineering program at CMU.

Think Like a Criminal to Defend Yourself

By Mike Tchirkow | Published November 4, 2013
In the game of chess, ‘defensive thinking’ is a strategy that showcases a cautious and deliberate mentality. A player utilizing [more]

To Catch a Thief

By Mike Tchirkow | Published June 20, 2013
Last month, the prepaid industry learned of a massive $45 million fraud perpetrated by a ring of hackers and accomplices [more]

Fraud Prevention vs Fraud Detection

By Mike Tchirkow | Published October 9, 2012
There is an interesting dichotomy between the practices of fraud prevention versus fraud detection – at least I’ve always thought [more]

Money Laundering & the Gift Card Industry

By Mike Tchirkow | Published July 17, 2012
When people think of the term ‘money laundering’, they often envision grandiose scenarios involving numerous parties with international ties, orchestrated [more]

QR Code Fraud

By Mike Tchirkow | Published June 19, 2012
There is a new wave of fraud arising from the use of QR (Quick Response) codes, or small bar code [more]
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