Information Security – Credit Card Fraud

How to prevent credit card fraud

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How to prevent credit card fraud.
Avoid saving payment data with online retailers Often, people save payment information with online retail stores in exchange for faster checkout times.
Doing this puts them at risk of becoming a fraud victim.
Thus, when there is a security breach at a company, it is better to request a new card immediately, even if there is no suspicious activity on the card.
Instead, the purchases can be small, and this makes them hard to detect without the appropriate level of attention.
Some people also assume that banks always catch fraudulent activity.
Request a new credit card with a chip if your issuer starts updating its credit cards.
Beware of credit card skimmers A credit card skimmer is a device designed to steal information from a credit card with a magnetic strip.
These devices fit over credit card slots on ATMs and payment machines.
In the U.S., as soon as a credit card user reports suspected fraud, he or she typically becomes liable for no more than $50 of the unauthorized charges.

This AI-based Business Is Taking Down Fraud In E-commerce With AI

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In a world where you can make purchases without ever standing face to face with a merchant, anonymity can often degenerate into fraudulent activity.
“Every time a transaction happens online with a stolen card, the liability (and therefore the risk) is actually on the retailer, not on the consumer.
It’s ultimately the merchant that’s both not getting paid and actually even getting fined.
This can get costly, and they have to buy a lot of data to address the issue” says Michael Reitblat, CEO and co-founder of Forter, a company that blends human creativity and experience with its machine-learning platform to accurately detect and filter out fraud for top retailers across the globe.
Unlike other fraud-security companies, whose traditional AVS (address verification system) method of determining stolen credit card or fake account information proves imprecise, Forter’s proprietary DaaS (‘Decision as a Service’) solution is so accurate that the company promises a full fraud chargeback guarantee for any fraudulent purchases that might’ve slipped through the cracks.
“Merchants lose a cumulative total of $4billion just by having to refund purchases they’ve already shipped; in other words, an average of 1.5% of all sales a company makes prove to be fraudulent, which is huge when you consider the sheer scale of competitive e-commerce.
The ultimate answer to fraudulent activity, in Reitblat’s eyes, isn’t to go for quantity—in essence removing massive chunks of shady-yet-possibly-real transactions—but to go for quality instead—that is, the precision in which you’re able to spot and eliminate fake purchasing.
If you’re like me on the other hand, you’re too busy to deeply consider what you’re buying, and you just buy the first thing you see,” says Reitblat.
The only way to construct this [understanding] is through the combination of data science looking through a history of billions of transactions, understanding cultures and a lot of complex algorithms.” And of course, since Forter uses machine-learning to stay ahead of the fraudsters, the platform is perpetually optimizing itself with every decision it makes—of which there are millions.
Forter

Credit card processing firm Vantiv to buy UK rival Worldpay for $9.9 billion

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Credit card processing firm Vantiv agreed Wednesday to buy U.K.-based rival Worldpay for about $9.9 billion, consolidating their similar businesses to seize growing international and e-commerce opportunities.
Vantiv and Worldpay, two of the world’s largest processors of credit card payments at online and retail shops, said they have complementary products and “strong distribution channels” to serve merchants worldwide.
Worldpay, which competes with Paypal, Square and in-store transaction companies, processes about 31 million mobile, online and retail store payments per day.
Vantiv’s products include hardware and software used at checkout, such as card readers, fraud detection applications and mobile wallet verification.
The acquisition was announced hours after Worldpay confirmed that it had been approached by both Cincinnati-based Vantiv and JPMorgan Chase.
JPMorgan said it engaged in preliminary talks with Worldpay at the invitation of Worldpay.
The banking giant was “at a very early stage in considering whether or not to make an offer,” but says it no longer intends to pursue Worldpay.
Shareholders of Worldpay, which is traded in London, will receive 55 pence (71 cents) in cash and 0.0672 new Vantiv shares.
That’s about $5 per Worldpay share based on Vantiv’s closing price on July 3.
The price represents an 18.9% premium to the closing Worldpay share price on July 3.

Credit card user refuses to sign back of card, but it’s never declined: Money Matters

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Credit card user refuses to sign back of card, but it’s never declined: Money Matters.
My reasoning is, if I lost my card or it was stolen, why would I give someone a sample of my signature to copy?
I think issuers should go back to the photo on the card as the best means of identification.
Photos on credit cards would be a fantastic way to curb fraudulent card use.
My advice: Scribble something on the back of your cards that doesn’t resemble the nuances of your signature.
I refused to give my credit card to be kept on file.
The office called my insurance Affinity.
I did not had to give my cc info, but I was advised that if I had a different insurance I will have no other choice.
No credit card in file.
E.S., Cleveland A: I wouldn’t allow a medical provider to keep a credit or debit card on file either.

How safe are modern credit cards?

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For starters, there are debit cards and there are credit cards.
With a debit card, your safety and security is not assured.
Now, let’s look at the other available option– credit cards.
Most banks and financial institutions offer clients zero-liability credit cards.
What about using credit cards online?
When shopping online, transferring money, or simply storing financial information, always use a credit card.
Whenever you are online, always use a credit card over a debit card – at least that way you can get the money back if fraud takes place.
Secure Internet networks and all devices Its been said before, but it’s certainly worth saying again: Safety and security are paramount.
Good credit card safety habits go hand-in-hand with responsible online browsing.
Perhaps the most effective way to maintain the safety and security of your credit cards is to ensure that you know exactly how your cards are being used.

14 Ways to Prevent Fraud on Your Debit & Credit Cards

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Every time there’s a large credit card breach, you’ll hear some expert say risks for consumers are low, because it’s easy to cancel a credit or debit card and get a new one.
With credit card fraud, consumers call their bank, dispute a fraudulent charge and don’t pay for that part of their bill.
With debit card fraud, money is taken from the victim’s checking account, and the consumer has to argue with the bank to get it back.
Some people use debit card purchasing as a personal finance tool to limit spending.
Many merchants are now imitating Starbucks with their own digitized stored value apps.
Search “BobsWidgetSite.com and complaints,” then “BobsWidgetSite and fraud,” before making a purchase the first time.
Most credit and debit card credentials are useless without the security code numbers on the back of the card.
Don’t Give Your Credit Card Number Over the Phone This tip is similar: Never give your credit or debit card number to anyone who calls your house.
Whenever inserting your credit or debit card into any machine, it’s a good idea to look for signs of tampering.
Report Fraud Immediately If you are hit by fraud, time isn’t on your side.

Technology: Ransomware is just the latest trend in cyber crime

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In response, individuals, government, and industry developed protection mechanism to address these attacks using solutions like LifeLock, HIPAA, and anomaly reporting and prevention technologies for credit card authorizations.
The current state of the art for cyber theft is “ransomware”.
Ransomware is malicious code that blocks or limits access to applications or files until the required sum of money is paid.
The password to decrypt the files is then offered for purchase via credit card or bitcoin transaction.
WannaCry also demonstrated one of the risks associated with paying the ransom demand as there was no decryption key that allowed for recovery of the encrypted files.
For businesses, the higher value of the data and systems within the organization justify spending on additional defenses against malware and ransomware.
Next-generation firewall with malware inspection enabled evaluate each downloaded file against a known list of malicious code.
In addition to firewalls, more advanced anti-malware solutions and AI driven technologies can further improve the defenses by providing alternative methods for identifying and blocking attacks.
One of the most effective approaches available to businesses is to provide training to users on security topics.
Developing a comprehensive security plan can help ensure coverage of the current risks as well as helping to minimize the risk to the organization from unknown future attacks.

How to Avoid Travel Scams and Rip-offs

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How to Avoid Travel Scams and Rip-offs.
You can’t keep the weather from ruining your vacation, but you can guard against travel scams and gotcha fees.
Before you book a room or tour or transportation, make sure you know the cancellation and refund policies.
You might not get a refund once you pay.
With a hotel, find out the final price of your stay – including any “resort fees” or other mandatory charges.
These resorts fees, which are generally part of the room rate, cover things like the pool and health club – whether you use these facilities or not.
It’s always best to pay with a credit card.
I would never book travel with a debit card.
That’s the key to your checking account and if there’s problem, they money is gone while you dispute the charge.
More Info: I’d like a scam-free vacation

Traveling this holiday? So are credit card skimmers

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So are credit card skimmers.
The state Department of Agriculture says 276 credit card skimmers were removed from pumps in Florida this year. “There was like payments from California, and I have never even been to California,” said Tatiana Moranas. “Because there was a bunch of transactions; there was like a three hundred dollar transaction on my card.” “Somebody was charging all kinds of stuff on our card, and we got the information, and they said that they caught the person who did it,” said Jimmy Keppler.
With more people on the roads for the holiday, officials say skimmers are more likely to take advantage this weekend. “Anytime someone takes from you or robbed you or takes your identity; it’s very vulnerable; it’s like someone taking everything that you have,” Keppler said.
Thieves often place skimmers at the gas pumps farther away from the store.
Credit cards have better fraud protection, and the money is not deducted immediately from an account.
· Consumers who suspect their credit card number has been compromised should report it immediately to authorities and their credit card company.

Card skimming fraud alert issued in York County

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Card skimming fraud alert issued in York County.
Sean Heisey, York Daily Record The York County Elder Abuse Task Force is warning people about card skimmers – devices that can read data off of the magnetic strip on credit and debit cards.
Skimmers can be located either inside or outside a payment device and are designed to blend in so scammers can steal your information without your knowledge, according to a fraud alert issued by the Elder Abuse Task Force.
Here are some tips to protect yourself from skimmers: Select “credit” rather than “debit” to keep your PIN safe.
If you use your PIN, cover the keypad.
If you do pay at the pump, use a pump near the front of the store, where scammers are less likely to place skimmers.
Jiggle the payment device on an ATM or gas pump.
If it moves or is not securely fastened, don’t use it.
It could be rigged with a skimmer.
If you notice unauthorized charges, immediately report it to your bank or credit card company and freeze your account, the alert states.