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Card Fraud Down - and Up - Thanks to Chip Technology

Posted by Joe Musitano on Feb 3, 2017 2:51:14 PM

With 2016 behind us, Visa announced statistics for the first full year that chip technology has been in use in the U.S. Much can be gleaned from the data, including the fact that almost half of in-store transactions used EMV in 2016, and most of those were not from the big box stores, but rather, from small and mid-sized businesses. From all the information, however, this is certain: While chip technology has impressively cut card present fraud, eCommerce has become the newest target for attackers.

Over the course of the year, the number of merchants using chip-enabled terminals more than doubled, with 39 percent (or 1.81 million) of all merchant locations using EMV technology. The majority of these merchants - 82 percent of them - were small and medium-sized businesses. Chip transactions comprised just about half (49 percent) of total payment volume in card present transactions.
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Topics: EMV, Online Fraud, Card Security

Top 10 Ways to Detect Fraud for Card Not Present Transactions

Posted by Joe Musitano on Aug 26, 2016 1:22:59 PM

With CNP fraud on the rise since the EMV chargeback liability in the US took effect last October, it's in the best interest of retailers engaging in eCommerce and taking phone orders to increase their focus on securing those transactions. Here are 10 ways to detect and prevent fraud to avoid chargebacks on Card Not Present transactions:

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Topics: Online Fraud, Chargebacks, Card Security

Security Alert: New Scam Targets Payment Gateway Credentials

Posted by Joe Musitano on Jun 29, 2016 10:40:45 AM

ALERT: If you use a gateway or virtual terminal for payment processing --- Pay Special Attention (Remember, most integrated POS systems connect to a gateway).

EMV in the US has made life only slightly more difficult on fraudsters, finding the new security too cumbersome to overtake. So instead of wasting time hacking POS systems, hackers have taken to bypassing them altogether and focusing their criminal efforts on hijacking merchant Gateway accounts.  They are accomplishing this simply by "acquiring" Gateway API credentials and Gateway user credentials, and are finding merchants to be ideal prey.

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Topics: Online Fraud, Card Security

3 Credit Card Security Questions You Must Ask Your Payment Processor

Posted by Jayme Moss on Dec 9, 2014 12:39:58 PM

Do you remember the magic eight ball as a kid?  Does he/she like me? "It is decidedly so!"  Will I pass my exam next week?  "Ask again later." Will the Browns win the Superbowl?  "Outlook not so good."  

But we are no longer in high school, and while some of those questions and answers are still surprisingly relevant, today's questions for merchants should without a doubt be about credit card security.  Because in today's world of card transactions, merchants cannot be too careful.  We are constantly bombarded with news from retailers, both large and small, of hacks and attempts that can cost both consumers and merchants dearly.  It warrants taking a minute to analyze your existing card security, and ensure your payment processor is "on the ball" (no magic required).  

Here are 3 questions every merchant should be asking their payment processor:

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Topics: Online Fraud, P2PE, Card Security