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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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More than 40 States Have Enacted Economic Nexus Legislation to Collect Online Sales Tax from Merchants without Physical Presence

Forty-two states plus the District of Columbia have laws in place, already in effect or scheduled to take effect soon, that increase the collection of online sales tax by defining an Economic Nexus or Sales Nexus based on the number of transactions and/or the dollar value of transactions made by consumers in a given state during the year.

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Visa Purchases Verifi in Second Issuer Alert Acquisition of 2019

Visa announced their acquisition of Verifi on June 28th, about three months after MasterCard announced their acquisition of Ethoca. Both organizations offer issuer alert services that notify merchants of potential disputes before they become chargebacks. Visa’s acquisition comes over a year after overhauling their dispute process while MasterCard is in the process of doing the same.

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Secure Consumer Authentication (SCA) Required for Intra-European eCommerce Beginning September

To maintain compliance with the European Union’s Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2), merchants in Europe will have to perform Secure Consumer Authentication on most non-recurring transactions greater than €30 within the European Economic Area (EAA) starting September 14th. Secure Consumer Authentication, or SCA, refers to consumer authentication services with two factor authentication facilitated by a dynamic code or biometric verification.

These new regulations coming into effect on September 14th will increase the use of consumer authentication programs as 3D Secure 2.0 will be the primary authentication method for meeting these requirements. SCA requires two-factor authentication and banks will decline transactions that don’t complete this authentication.

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New Fraud Practice White Paper Discusses Techniques and Benefits Related to Identifying Low Risk Customers and Applicants

A new white paper from The Fraud Practice titled “Identifying and Streamlining Low Risk Customers or Applicants: Techniques and Benefits” is now available. This free white paper discusses the application of technology and techniques to derive signals of low or reduced risk and the benefits of identifying such orders in terms of conversion and screening costs when low risk orders or applicants can be streamlined or fast-tracked.

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Mortgage Application Fraud Increases in First Quarter of 2019 as Fraudsters Become More Sophisticated in How They Fudge Their Income

The National Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index maintained by CoreLogic found a six percent increase in mortgage fraud risk in the first three months of 2019 relative to the first quarter of 2018. Applicants lying about their income have been increasingly more difficult to detect in recent years, employing tactics such as lying about employment and promotions while providing false documentation to corroborate employment claims, as well as counterfeit college transcripts and divorce decrees.

Fraudulent applicants are taking advantage of the time it takes for new employment records and information to reach traditional credit and employment data vendors. Since 2016, CoreLogic has seen consistent increases in the number of applicants or borrowers claiming a new job or promotion that occurred within the past year.

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Equifax Acquires SMB Credit Rating Firm PayNet

Founded in 2000, PayNet provides a range of services and data products for leasing and commercial lending companies to make better credit granting and other decisions by understanding the credit history and risks of small and medium businesses. Equifax announced their acquisition of the company, for an undisclosed amount, on April 24.

PayNet and employees are now part of Equifax’s United States Information Solutions, the credit bureau’s largest business unit.

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MasterCard Acquires Ethoca, Post-Transaction Provider Pioneer

MasterCard announced on March 12 their acquisition of Ethoca, pioneer of the chargeback or issuer alert service. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the second quarter and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ethoca came to market in 2005 with the first card issuer-to-merchant collaboration network, their Ethoca Alerts service. This network allows Ethoca’s now 4,000 financial institution partners to communicate disputed transactions with their more than 5,000 merchant clients, allowing the merchant to respond and potentially avoid a chargeback. These services, known as issuer alerts, can help organizations reduce costs and lower chargeback rates.

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