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April 10, 2019
Merchant Risk Council’s (MRC’s) annual Vegas show has concluded; another highly successful trade show is over, but the benefits are ongoing. MRC Vegas 2018 was such a success, it didn’t seem the 2019 show would be able to compare, but it certainly did. The exhibit hall was packed with solution providers, both old and new. Some companies have been in the e-commerce space for decades, while...
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February 14, 2019
In recent years, application fraud has become a major problem for U.S. financial institutions (FIs). In 2017, Aite Group recognized application fraud as the second-greatest challenge FIs face in combatting fraud, trailing only account takeover fraud; this trend continues today. By 2020, application fraud losses related to demand deposit accounts (DDAs) are projected to exceed US$636 million, a...
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May 21, 2018
In this age of unending data breaches, it is not surprising that identity crimes are the biggest fraud challenges facing financial institutions (FIs). In early April alone, Saks, Lord & Taylor, and Panera Bread announced that they had data breaches that went on for months and leaked millions of records from their point-of-sale systems or websites. The faceless nature of the online and mobile...
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April 4, 2018
I recently had the opportunity to attend MRC Vegas 2018 for the first time in many years. When I attended Merchant Risk Council meetings in the past, I was a fraud executive with one of the largest U.S. banks. I had found MRC to be a good event for networking and gaining a better understanding of the fraud-related concerns of the bank’s commercial clients. This was my first experience...
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March 19, 2018
Real-time payments have existed in some other countries for several years, and they are now a reality in the United States. Many financial institutions (FIs) are offering their customers the ability to send money in real time to family and friends quickly and easily and, in many cases, without a charge. New payment types are evolving—business-to-business payments as well as person-to-business...
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February 27, 2018
In recent years, several SWIFT member banks have been targeted by cyber fraudsters, resulting in accumulated thefts of many millions of dollars. Impacted banks in several different countries have been victimized, demonstrating that there are no borders when it comes to cybercrime and that any company can be targeted. Interestingly, SWIFT has been in the headlines broadcasting each of these...
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May 31, 2017
Just a few brief years ago, financial institutions (FIs) weren’t really focused on the customer experience. With the exceptions of making sure ATM downtime was minimized, branches were staffed appropriately, contact center calls were answered within acceptable time frames, and the online banking system worked properly, bankers were just doing business as usual. The world has changed dramatically...
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November 29, 2016
Financial institutions (FIs) continue to place a greater emphasis on enabling new account-opening growth through online and mobile channels, and expand their product offering to foster financial inclusion and growth. In my recently published study New DDA Strategies: Balancing Risk and Regulators, over 40% of FIs in every category with the exception of the largest FIs already offer some type of...
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