Blockchain-Based Solution for Detecting and Preventing Fake Check Scams

Badis Hammi, Sherali Zeadally, Yves Christian Elloh Adja, Manlio Del Giudice, Jamel Nebhen

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Fake check scam is one of the most common attacks used to commit fraud against consumers. This fraud is particularly costly for victims because they generally lose thousands of dollars as well as being exposed to judicial proceedings. Currently, there is no existing solution to authenticate checks and detect fake ones instantly. Instead, banks must wait for a period of more than 48 h to detect the scam. In this context, we propose a blockchain-based scheme to authenticate checks and detect fake check scams. Moreover, our approach allows the revocation of used checks. More precisely, our approach helps the banks to share information about provided checks and used ones, without exposing the banks' customers' personal data. We demonstrate a proof of concept of our proposed approach using Namecoin and Hyperledger blockchain technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3710-3725
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2022

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  • Authentication
  • blockchain
  • fake check
  • hyperledger fabric
  • integrity
  • namecoin
  • security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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