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Published on December 20, 2011, by in Industry News.

Welcome to The Fraud Practice’s FraudBlog; your source for updates on current events, commentary and best practices related to the eCommerce CNP payments and fraud industry.

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Over 700 Million Compromised Email and Password Combinations Used to Send Spam

Lists of email addresses with password and other information used to send phishing emails and spam were hosted on an open server and available to copy or download.  More than one-fourth of the email and password combinations were identified from previous data breaches and this collection of 711 million email address account credentials shows the scale of data breaches and consumers who are ripe for account takeover.

Having access to active or legitimate consumer email accounts for sending spam is a major asset in the fraudster world and black market. Email providers and third-party email security vendors constantly update blacklists of bad servers known for sending spam. Using real email accounts circumvents many of these filters.

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Google and Walmart’s New Partnership Will Help Both Battle eCommerce Behemoth Amazon

Google and Walmart announced a partnership that will bring hundreds of thousands of items sold by Walmart onto the Google Express online shopping service so they can also be purchased by voice request using Google Home, much how Amazon Prime members can order with voice commands to Alexa on Amazon’s Echo or Dot.

Walmart will also be integrated with the Google Express Easy Reorder features, which are similar to how Amazon offers the option to Subscribe & Save on many items. For Walmart, this partnership helps them compete with Amazon in the battle for eCommerce retail market share. For Google this partnership is about competing with Amazon both with eCommerce and in the battle for the home.

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Apple to Offer Text P2P Transfer and Stored Balance Account with Apple Pay Cash Card

The new Apple iPhone and operating system are set to launch in September and include new features likely to grow adoption of Apple Pay and contactless mobile payments at the physical point-of-sale. Apple Pay is set to rollout in several more countries by year’s end while the newest operating system (iOS 11) will support Apple Pay Cash Card, a stored value account for sending and receiving person-to-person payments as well as making online and contactless payments via Apple Pay.

Apple Pay Cash adds significant new payment options and features for Apple users. First, it supports person-to-person payments directly within iMessage, which has the potential to immediately grab market share from other P2P money transfer services like Venmo/PayPal, Square Cash and Facebook Messenger. Second, the Apple Pay Cash Card, which is a stored value account that essentially serves as a digital prepaid card, has the potential to spur many more consumers using Apple Pay for mobile contactless payments, particularly among underbanked and youth consumer demographics.

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Fitbit Pay Joins an Already Crowded Mobile Payments Arena

Fitbit recently unveiled their first smartwatch, called Fitbit Ionic, which will support NFC contactless payments with their mobile wallet called Fitbit Pay. Fitbit Pay will be compatible with Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards issued by partner banks and is expected to launch with the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch in October.

 

Fitbit Pay will work with American Express as well as MasterCard and Visa cards issued by participating banks, which include major card issuers Bank of America, US Bank, Capital One, HSBC and more.

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Vantiv Eyes Global Expansion, Acquires WorldPay for Nearly $10 Billion

Vantiv, the largest acquirer in the U.S. based on transaction processing volume, is now a significant global competitor as well, following the $9.9 billion dollar acquisition of UK-based WorldPay, who has over 400,000 processing clients across 146 countries.

It was announced on July 5th that Vantiv would acquire global processor WorldPay for $9.9 (£7.7) billion in the form of cash, a converted rate of shares to Vantiv and a cash dividend with total value representing an 18.9 percent premium compared to the closing price for WorldPay on Monday July 3rd.

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The Fraud Practice Releases a New Risk Management Technique White Paper Discussing Confidence Indicator Services

Confidence Indicators White PaperUsing Confidence Indicator Services to Enhance Qualification Capabilities in Online Applications” is the latest white paper from The Fraud Practice; released today and available free to download. This white paper defines and discusses Confidence Indicator services in the context of a “digital body language,” which can provide a view and indication of how a consumer answered critical risk questions that may validate or call into question what the user input or said. This can allow organizations to better detect high risk applicants, and accept more applicants where data was a limiting factor.

This risk management technique is defined and discussed in terms of how it works, the signals it provides and business use cases, to include application on-boarding, credit issuance and loan origination, insurance claims fraud and more.

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First Data, North American Bancard Each Complete Major Payment Acquisitions

At the end of May, First Data announced they had reached agreement to acquire another large, publicly traded payment processor, CardConnect, for $750 million. This occurred just two weeks after the privately held North American Bancard Holdings LLC agreed to acquire Total Merchant Services Inc., for an undisclosed amount, to become the 7th largest processor by merchant locations in North America.

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eCommerce and Mobile Banking Fraud Lead 2016 Fraud Increase in the UK

Financial Fraud Action (FFA) UK, a financial services industry research and reporting group, recently released their 2016 year-end payment card and banking fraud totals which showed an increase in card fraud overall, primarily led by card not present channel fraud. Changing trends include an increase in fraud attempts but targeting lower order amounts compared to last year, a shift from malware targeting banks to fraudsters directly targeting consumers and consumer account credentials, and mobile banking app fraud losses more than doubling from 2015.

The Financial Fraud Action UK organization is composed of major banks, payment acquirers and card issuers in the United Kingdom, and members report payment card, remote banking and check fraud losses each year. Over the years FFA UK has tracked significant increases in total payment card fraud against UK-issued cards, growing from £341 million in 2011 to £618 million in 2016. This marked a nearly 10 percent increase just from 2015, when the total fraud loss on UK-issued payment cards was £567 million.

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