aftermarket auto parts fraud

Putting the Brakes on Fraud When Selling Auto Parts Online

The global automotive aftermarket business is growing fast, and it's an increasingly appealing target for card-not-present (CNP) fraud. By 2023, the total value of the industry will exceed $1 trillion, thanks in part to the rapid growth in e-commerce for auto parts and accessories. The projected compound annual growth rate...Readmore
SIM swap fraud

SIM Swap Fraud: Don’t Be Its Next Victim

For many victims of SIM swap fraud, the first time they learn about the attack is in the hours after their life has been changed forever. It’s an all too common story, the signal bars disappear from your mobile phone, you call the phone number – it rings, but it’s...Readmore
Acquiring merchant risk and underwriting

Containing E-commerce Risk in Merchant Underwriting

Risk and opportunity are intertwined – one cannot exist without the other. Consequently, the best performing companies are the best at managing risk. This is because businesses that are confident in managing their risks are also more confident in taking calculated decisions to grow and prosper. Nowhere is this clearer...Readmore
Friendly fraud prevention tools

What Tools Help Manage Friendly Fraud?

It’s always great when all-in-one solutions reduce the number of tools you need to get the job done. You want your business management tools to be as efficient and cost-effective as possible, and this is a common consideration when merchants shop for a fraud management tool. They find a platform...Readmore

Aite Attracts Financial Fraud Fighters

Aite's Inaugural Financial Crime Forum kicked off in Charlotte a couple weeks ago. In attendance were representatives from some of the largest banks and credit unions, including Citi, Wells Fargo, Ally, SunTrust, BB&T, US Bank, Navy Federal and more! The agenda spanned the industry's most relevant topics and trends, allowing...Readmore
Online Fraudcast podcast

‘Online Fraudcast’ Podcast Explores Fraud Topics

Fraud prevention consultant Karisse Hendrick joined with about-fraud.com contributor and ex-con Brett Johnson to launch this summer “The Online Fraudcast” podcast. Over the first few episodes, the duo discuss e-commerce fraud issues facing merchants and consumers with insights drawn from both the good guys and the bad guys along with...Readmore
Identifying and stopping ATO attacks

ATO Attacks: What They Are and How to Foil Them

It’s more important than ever for merchants to make sure their customers are returning to make repeat purchases as the e-commerce landscape becomes more saturated. One of the best means for improving customer loyalty is to offer accounts for your online store which customers can use to check out faster,...Readmore
Fraud Analyst

5 Things You Should Know About Being a Fraud Analyst

The demand for fraud prevention employees is booming with the rapid growth of international e-commerce. If you’re interested in exploring a new career in this fast growing and changing area, here are some things you probably don’t know about being fraud analyst but should. 1) They won’t teach you this...Readmore
Funding investment ThetaRay

ThetaRay Raises $30M in Quiet July for Fraud Prevention

Investment activity in the fraud prevention space was light in July, with the exception of a $30 million Series B funding round by Israel-based ThetaRay at the beginning of the month. Investors in the round included Jerusalem Venture Partners, GE, Bank Hapoalim and OurCrowd, bringing total investment in the company...Readmore
WhitePages Pro

Whitepages Launches Advanced Manual Review Tool

Whitepages Pro launched its new manual review tool Whitepages Pro Insight this Tuesday to help business prevent and identify fraud among customer transactions. The new tool leverages machine learning to highlight likely cases of fraud based on the millions of transactions processed by Whitepages Pro's network of clients. “Our customers...Readmore
Search press release

New Search Tool for Fraud Solutions Launches

 About-fraud.com launched this Wedneday a free search filter system to aid companies in locating solutions to their online fraud problems in a market expected to reach $42.6 billion by 2023. The website includes detailed information on a growing list of over 80 vendors that cover problems ranging from card-not-present (CNP)...Readmore
Smyte shuts down service

Smyte Leaves Customers in the Lurch

Smyte and Twitter left dozens of the former's clients out in the cold at the end of last month, shutting off the company's API with half an hour's notice following its acquisition by Twitter on June 21. Clients including Zendesk, Musical.ly, Indiegogo and Meetup were impacted by the disruption in...Readmore
Funding investment ThetaRay

PayPal and Twitter Buy Anti-Fraud Startups in June

Mergers and acquisition activity took off in the fraud space in June with PayPal's $120 million acquisition of Simility and Twitter's buyout of Smyte. Meanwhile, fraud detection startup CashShield closed a $20 million Series B funding round. PayPal's all-cash deal to acquire Simility is expected to close at the end...Readmore

FraudCon 2.0 Draws Over 500 Fraud Fighters to Israel

“Over 500 fraud fighting professionals turned out last Tuesday for FraudCon 2.0, a daylong mini-conference dedicated to fraud prevention held as part of the larger Cyberweek conference at Tel Aviv University. Participating companies included local fraud prevention startups, major multinationals such as Uber, IBM, RSA, and LexisNexis and major foreign...Readmore

How Blockchain Could Disrupt Online Fraud Prevention

People are always talking about how blockchain will change the world and disrupt industries. One of the industries that doesn’t get much attention in the TED talks and blog posts is e-commerce fraud prevention. The core feature of blockchain is the distributed ledger. This ledger records transactions in a database...Readmore

How to Avoid ICO Fraud with Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency investors are participating in record numbers in initial coin offerings (ICOs) even though there are still not many uses for cryptocurrencies today within the overall retail and banking space. This article will list the different types of tokens one can purchase as well as the scams/frauds sometimes involved in...Readmore
Twitter funding M&A

Signifyd Raises $100M in May

Signifyd closed a $100 million Series D investment round at the end of May, with the investment vehicle of the chairman of leading Indian information technology services company Wipro leading the round. Signifyd plans to use the funds to double it's headcount to 320 employees, including its new European office...Readmore
Auto lending fraud data exchange

First Fraud Data Exchange for Auto Industry Launches

PointPredictive formally launched today, May 30, a fraud data exchange for auto lenders at the Auto Lending Fraud Consortium Roundtable in Fort Worth, Texas. Auto lenders will be able to use the Fraud Data Exchange as a repository for sharing data from confirmed fraudulent auto-loan applications. The service is designed...Readmore
Funding investment ThetaRay

iovation Is Latest Fraud Acquisition By Data Provider

Major international credit bureau and identity data provider TransUnion announced on May 18 that it would acquire fraud solution vendor iovation. Terms for the deal were undisclosed, however, TransUnion noted that iovation's management team would stay in place following the deal's closure.  The acquisition is anticipated to close late in...Readmore

What Does Machine Learning Mean for Fraud Prevention?

Everyone in fraud prevention must have heard the term machine learning bandied about in discussions about the changing nature of their work. However, the recent hype suggests that some of the people promoting machine learning solutions are either overstating or misrepresenting what the technology is currently doing and what it...Readmore

4 Things That Set Video Game Fraud Apart

I’ve been fighting fraud for more than 15 years and before I joined my first video game company, I’d thought I’d figured it out. Fraud was nearly always about making money in the fastest way possible for the fraudster, and it was generally divided in to two categories: true fraud...Readmore
Fraud in fantasy sports Q&A

Knocking Out ATO in Fantasy Sports

Rick Skawinski, Jr. is a data analyst specializing in fraud tools at FanDuel.com, a one-day fantasy sports game website with millions of registered users that provides immediate cash payouts to winners. Rick has been fighting card-not-present (CNP) fraud for over four years, ever since his mother's identity was stolen and...Readmore
Funding investment ThetaRay

SecuredTouch raises $8M in April

Behavioral biometrics startup SecuredTouch raised $8 million in April, in what was otherwise a dry month for fraud prevention startups. This brings SecuredTouch’s total investment to date to $12 million. The Israel-based company said it expects to use the additional funds to expand its business activity internationally, including plans to open...Readmore

Fraudsters Hitting Online Poker with Ace Up Sleeves

Wherever there is money, there are criminals looking to take more than their fair share of the pot. Online poker sites are not the hot beds of illegal activity as some have painted them to be However, poker holds some of the most interesting and sophisticated avenues for fraud anywhere...Readmore

Insider View on Gambling Fraud

Past fraud trends in gambling The gambling sector has evolved along the years, and fraudsters have evolved with it. The old preferred fraud method used to be manually skimmed cards. These are payment cards that have their data copied over for later use when used at a target point-of -sale....Readmore

What VCR Really Means for Merchants

Visa Claims Resolution (VCR) is the biggest dispute policy update the payments industry has experienced in decades. Every stakeholder has been impacted, with requirements changing for cardholders, issuers, acquirers, and merchants. An unintended challenge of VCR is ensuring each stakeholder has the information and insight they need to comply with--and...Readmore

3 Stakeholders to Secure the Payment Chain

E-commerce is a fast-growing segment, with the business-to-consumer market in Southeast Asia expected to have expanded 28.5% to surpass US$6 billion in 4Q 2017. Today, consumers and businesses alike have moved from cash-based transactions to embrace the ease and popularity of digital payment options. Building confidence in online payments is...Readmore

Common Travel Scams Exposed

As online booking has grown in popularity, so have scams that enable fraudsters to monetize stolen credit cards. How do these travel industry scams work and just what should you be on the lookout for when booking your next big trip? Let’s take a closer look. ‘Man-in-the-middle’ fraud Many people...Readmore
PSD2 SCA fraud prevention

PSD2 to Incentivize Better Fraud Prevention

Security and trust are fundamental needs for payments.  For this reason the European Commission introduced with PSD2, its new directive on payment services, a general rule on the use of the strong customer authentication (SCA). In this article, we’ll briefly analyze what SCA is, its impact on market operators like...Readmore
2018 Fraud Conference Calendar

Fraud Conference Calendar 2018

There are dozens of conferences held across the globe every year dedicated to sharing fraud prevention knowledge and solutions. To assist fraud prevention professionals and organizations looking for opportunities to learn, network and find solutions to their fraud problems, about-fraud.com has created a calendar of all the relevant events we...Readmore
GDPR impact on fraud prevention

What GDPR Means for Fraud Prevention

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a piece of EU legislation which directly impacts all organizations or people which process the personal information of individuals. Organizations that do not understand their fraud operations completely will end up with flawed or incomplete compliance with GDPR. There will be organizations found...Readmore
Funding investment ThetaRay

Nearly $100M in New Fraud Funding End of March

The second half of March was an eventful month for startup funding in the fraud prevention space. Sift Science raised $53 million in a Series D round in the biggest investment announcement of the month. The San Francisco-based company offers a machine learning based fraud prevention solution to e-commerce merchants...Readmore

Build vs. Buy – Final Four

Preventing fraud is already challenging without adding the confusion of what to build in-house and what to purchase from vendors. There is no standard answer –  it depends on your industry, business and risk profile. That being said, there are guidelines all merchants can follow to navigate the murky waters...Readmore
Authentication layer cake

How Trusting Your Customers Is Like Baking a Cake

Static authentication is broken The year 2017 saw the most data security breaches in history, surpassing 2016’s record of 1091 breaches. Since 2013, over nine billion records have been exposed – more than the number of people on Earth! This stolen personal information is primarily used to perform account takeover...Readmore
Ecommerce Fraud Index

Merchant Fraud Losses Rise 7% in 2017

Merchants’ total fraud losses rose 7% year on year in 2017 to 4.09% of total orders received, according to the Ecommerce Fraud Index figures released this week by fraud solution vendor Signifyd. Hardest hit were cosmetics and perfume retailers as their fraud rate doubled in 2017 to 5.1% of total...Readmore
Friendly fraud and how to deal with it.

4 Tips for Handling Friendly Fraud

You may have heard of the term friendly fraud but what is it really and why is it one of the most talked about fraud topics in the airline industry? Friendly fraud is primarily an abuse of the credit card chargeback system which entitles customers to a refund from their...Readmore
Zensed adaptable like Jell-O

Zensed: A Fraud Solution Shaped Like Jell-O

Zensed is an anti-fraud company based in Europe with representation in Sweden, U.K. & the U.S. Its founders operate high risk payment gateways around the globe and originally developed Zensed technology in 2015 to combat their own fraud problems. Victor Fredung is the Sweden-based CEO and co-founder of Zensed. He...Readmore
Funding investment ThetaRay

American Express Invests in 2 Israeli Anti-Fraud Startups

American Express Ventures announced strategic investments in two U.S.-Israeli anti-fraud startups this week. BioCatch, a behavioral biometrics startup, closed a $30 million round of growth funding that was led by Maverick Ventures. Other round investors included not only American Express Ventures but also NexStar Partners, Kreos Capital and OurCrowd, among...Readmore
Machine learning product launch takes off

3 Machine Learning Solutions Launch for Finance, Auto Loans & Groceries

Three separate machine learning fraud solutions targeting credit card issuers, auto loans and online groceries were released last week by Fiserv, PointPredictive and Ocado Technology, respectively. Fiserv teams up with Mastercard Financial services technology provider Fiserv made the biggest buzz when it announced that it had begun offering Mastercard’s Decision Intelligence...Readmore
Magento and airline partnership solutions

Signifyd, ACI Worldwide launch partner solutions for Magento, airlines

Fraud prevention vendor Signifyd announced this week a strategic partnership with Corra, a digital agency serving primarily fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands retailers on the Magento Commerce platform. The partnership is expected to help Signifyd expand its growing list of merchant clients on Magento, particularly among high-end retailers likely to...Readmore
OTA hit by travel fraud

OTA Slammed by $9B in Fraud Costs in 2017

Travel intermediaries lose an estimated $21 billion a year in fraud-related losses, according to a recent report commissioned by eNett, a virtual account number (VAN) provider. Direct losses to travel intermediaries were pegged at $6 billion, while indirect costs including higher operating costs, revenue lost to false positives and reputational...Readmore
pensioners clone fraud losses

Clone Fraud Costs U.K. $280M Per Year

British pension fundholders are losing £200 million ($280 million) a year to "clone fraud," according to government figures published by The Times this week. In some cases, the report stated, individuals' losses exceeded £250,000 ($350,000). "Clone fraud" describes cold-calling scams run by thieves that seek to impersonate legitimate investment funds,...Readmore
investment funding round American Express Ventures

SEON Raises $600K in New Funding

Hungary-based fraud prevention startup SEON announced on Thursday that it had closed a €500,000 ($624,000) funding round with investment from PortfoLion and Fiedler Capital. The company said that intends to use the new funds to expand into new geographical markets and industries. SEON officially launched its out-of-the-box fraud solution in...Readmore
Chinese New Year 2018

Fraud Trends This Chinese New Year

Today marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Dog and the beginning of Lunar Spring Festival that ends on March 2, a festival that is a major gift-giving holiday in China and East Asian markets with large ethnic Chinese populations. For this year’s Chinese New Year about-fraud.com spoke with...Readmore
Interview with Markus Bergthaler Director of Programs at the Merchant Risk Council

Merchant Risk Council: Industry Events & Education

Established in 2000, the Merchant Risk Council is the leading global trade association for eCommerce fraud and payments professionals. About-Fraud.com caught up with Markus Bergthaler, Director of Programs, to find out how the MRC is helping educate and empower industry professionals. In this brief Q&A, Markus sheds some light on...Readmore

Provider & Fraud Knowledge – Square One

It's tempting to approach fraud management in the same manner I assemble my son's toys. Start at step 7, jump to 15, let out a few gasps, an occasional holler... and settle on whatever mix of parts you can jam together. Lucky for me, a toddler is often just as...Readmore
Interview with Emailage Chief Product Officer Amador Testa

Putting Email at The Core of Digital Identity

Emailage was founded in 2012. The company enables merchants to use customers’ email addresses as the core element in assessing transactional fraud risk, including a predictive fraud score. Emailage leverages a vast consortium of data and layered technology to combat transaction fraud, along with other use cases pertaining to account...Readmore

Equifax Breach: Value Leech

A few weeks have passed, and the Equifax data breach has been discussed extensively in just about every news outlet. This is an instance where saturated news coverage and never ending analysis is well warranted, with 143 million Americans waiting for the other shoe to drop. I will take a...Readmore

About-Fraud.com Launches with Refined Strategy, Unique Value

about-fraud.com is a website created in, March of 2017. Following a revamped launch in August, about-fraud.com is publishing this interview with the co-founders to explain their motives for creating and operating the site. Below are Ronald Praetsch, PJ Rohall and Ronen Shnidman’s answers to those questions and a look ahead...Readmore
Josep Bernat travel fraud consultant

Flying Thru Turbulence in Travel Fraud

Josep Bernat is the CEO of Nuk Consultants and Svik Lainoa, two companies focused on improving B2B clients’ payments, client conversiand fraud prevention, and is a former CRO of eDreams Odigeo. Having worked for Europe’s largest flight retailer with a presence in 44 markets, Josep is well aware of the...Readmore
Biometric authentication

Biometric Authentication: the How and Why

Biometric authentication for fraud prevention has been developing at light speed these past few years, with many new solutions reaching the market. For those seeking to better comprehend the new possibilities afforded by biometrics, Nu Data Security in conjunction with the Aite Group compiled a custom report on the market...Readmore
CEO Brazilian PSP PrimeiroPay

PrimeiroPay: Adapting to Brazilian e-commerce

Tim Werner is a German living in São Paulo for five years who believes an on-going local presence in the market is the key to providing the best solution for international merchants. Before Werner co-founded PrimeiroPay, he was working in other leading companies such as Boku, mopay and InnoGames. PrimeiroPay...Readmore
Emma Mohan-Satta, Kaspersky Article

Kaspersky Fraud Prevention: Evolving to Meet Changing Threats

Kaspersky Fraud Prevention was recently at Money 20/20 Europe to display their readiness to work with all types of businesses that want to protect their online accounts, from financial institutions and gaming merchants to airlines and other e-commerce sites. About-Fraud.com discusses below Kaspersky’s approach to fraud prevention with company fraud...Readmore
money 2020 europe

Money 20/20 Europe: Fraud Insights Report

By Ronen Shnidman By 2021, there will be 378 million online shoppers in Europe and the global  e-commerce market is expected to grow on average 21% per year until it reaches $4 trillion by 2020. In recent years, the cost of fraud for merchants grew as well, tripling to 1.5%...Readmore

What Omnichannel Fraud Looks Like

By Rafael Lourenco, Executive Vice President, ClearSale As retailers add and expand omnichannel operations, their fraud management challenges are growing, too. Organized retail crime (ORC) targets omnichannel retailers in several ways, including “buy-online, pick-up-in-store” e-commerce fraud, online card fraud, return fraud, and even old-fashioned brazen shoplifting. While shoplifting is a...Readmore
Call Center Fraud - PersoKey - www.about-fraud.com

Bank Call Center Fraud: A Nasty Trend and How to Stop It!

Financial institutions spend billions protecting their assets: The people, the technologies, and the data. Yet, the attacks keep coming and the losses keep rising. Indeed, many banks and credit unions are experiencing increases in incidents of fraud, and there is one particularly sore spot: Call Centers. The problem in particular...Readmore

Infographic – Digital merchants are under fraud attack

CashShield and www.about-fraud.com created this Infographic together to show the importance of fraud protection for digital merchants. CashShield is a real time fraud prevention solution designed with big data, machine learning optimized through a self-developed financial risk management algorithm. Our unique algorithm generates optimized decisions, eliminating the need for manual...Readmore

Almundo.com rolls out Nethone fraud solution

Nethone – a global provider of AI-driven Business Intelligence and fraud solutions – announced today that Almundo.com – one of the largest and most admired travel agents in Latin America – has rolled out its cutting-edge fraud prevention system. Nethone fraud solution selected by Almundo.com leverages diverse state-of-the-art technologies, including...Readmore

New PIPL Pro Bucks Trend on Manual Review

  Search engine company signs Magento as client for tool for in-house fraud analysts By About-Fraud The people search company, PIPL, launched a business version of its search engine on February 15 for use by fraud analysts conducting manual reviews of card-not-present transactions. The new professional version, called PIPL Pro,...Readmore
Perseuss - Confronting Card Fraud in the Global Travel Industry

Confronting Card Fraud in the Global Travel Industry

During the last ten years service suppliers in the travel industry (airlines, train companies, shipping lines, online travel agents) have progressed from taking their first baby steps in online payments to a point where online transactions now represent the vast majority of all ticket purchases. This period has seen significant...Readmore

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