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ExpandDetecting fraud

You can avoid fraud if you know how to detect it. There are several different types of card fraud to avoid:

  • Card not present fraud: fraudsters can obtain your credit card details from such things as discarded receipts. They can then use this information to purchase high value or desirable goods online, by phone or mail order. For transactions online or by phone the retailer does not need to see the card (or require the PIN), hence the name "card not present fraud".
  • Identity theft/account takeover fraud: fraudsters can obtain your personal details from various sources including: discarded or intercepted mail, phishing

    phishing

    Phishing - an attempt at identity theft using a fake website or email that looks identical or similar to the genuine website that a user is used to seeing.

    , vishing

    vishing

    Vishing - is the criminal practice of using social engineering and Voice over IP (VoIP) to gain access to private personal and financial information for the purpose of financial reward. The term is a combination of "voice" and phishing. When you answer a phone call, an automated recording, often generated with a text to speech synthesizer, is played to alert you that your credit card has had fraudulent activity and you should call a designated number immediately. Moreover, that same phone number is often shown in the spoofed caller ID with the same name as the financial company they are pretending to represent. If you receive this type of call, you are advised to contact your bank or credit card company directly to verify its validity.

    , smishing

    smishing

    Smishing - is a form of criminal activity using social engineering techniques similar to phishing. With smishing, you may receive SMS messages through your mobile device that may ask you to register for an online service and then try to sneak a virus onto your device. Other types of messages may warn that you will be charged unless you cancel a supposed order by going to a website that will attempt to extract credit card information and other private data.

    , spoofing

    spoofing

    Spoofing - forging and distributing emails to acquire a valid password to gain unauthorized access to a computer.

    , hoax calls, social networking websites, public records, hacking

    hacking

    Hacking - an attempt by an accomplished technical computer operator to break into computers or networks for illegal purposes.

    genuine websites and listening in on telephone calls. Once they have your personal details they can use this to access your account, order cards, change your address, complete a balance transfer or deposit and assume the identity of a genuine customer in order to purchase goods or obtain funds fraudulently.
  • Application fraud: this is another form of identity theft

    identity theft

    Identity Theft - the crime of impersonating someone for a financial or criminal gain.

    . In this case, the fraudster uses your personal details to apply for a brand new credit card or bank account rather than taking over an existing account. This often happens when the genuine customer has moved from their previous address.
  • Counterfeit fraud: this is the manufacture of a fake credit card using genuine card details. The card details are copied from the magnetic strip of the genuine card using a device called a skimmer

    skimmer

    Skimmer - a tool that aids the process of copying card details from the magnetic strip on the back of the card to be transferred on to a counterfeit card for the purpose of fraudulent use.

    . This information is then transferred to the magnetic strip on a fake credit card that can be used to purchase goods online or in countries where Chip & PIN has not yet been introduced.
  • Malware fraud: short for "malicious software", malware refers to software programs that are distributed in the form of innocent-looking popups, emails or spam

    Spam

    Spam - junk email that you have not requested from the distributor.

    but are designed to damage, capture information or do other unwanted actions to your computer. Common examples include viruses

    viruses

    Viruses - a code written to spread from one computer to the next, damaging hardware or used to access a computer for criminal intent.

    , worms

    worms

    Worms - a self-replicating virus that does not alter files, but resides in active memory and duplicates itself for the purpose of malicious intent (like shutting systems down).

    , trojan horses

    trojan horses

    Trojan Horses - a computer program or email attachment that appears to be useful but is actually harmful and may include a virus.

    , adware

    adware

    Adware: advertisements that "pop up" in a separate browser window. Some look like they come from respectable financial institutions and ask for personal financial information. Others might have a link that downloads spyware. Please note that most financial institutions will never request personal financial information or that you download from a pop-up.

    and spyware

    spyware

    Spyware - a software that spies on your computer to capture information like web browsing habits, email messages, user names and passwords and credit card information.

    .
ExpandPreventing fraud

Fraud can happen to you at any time and through a number of different sources. It is important that you quickly recognize it and know what to do to help mitigate the risk of you being impacted.

  • If your credit card is lost or stolen or you do not recognize a transaction on your credit card account statement, please contact our Customer Service department, toll-free, at 1-800-404-1319. The sooner you report it, the sooner we can block your account from further use and issue you a new credit card account number.
  • If you suspect that you have received a fraudulent MBNA email, requesting account information or asking you to click on a link, please attach the email to the Email Fraud form below.
  • If we believe your credit card device (i.e. card plastic) may have been lost, stolen or compromised, we will try to contact you to ensure that you still have your credit card and to verify any recent transactions.
  • It is important to keep your personal details up-to-date. If you move or your personal details change, please let us know so that we can update our records. We will contact you as soon as possible if we suspect fraudulent activity. Also, remember to stop or divert your mail when you are away from home for an extended period of time.
  • Fraud Alert emails from MBNA will always address you by your first and last name, and will contain the last 4 digits of your credit card number. This will help you verify that the email originated from a trusted source. We will always require you to log in to our secure Online Banking service in order to share personal information, if required. We will never ask for your credit card account number or any other personal information to be sent to us via email.
  • If we contact you by phone, we will always ask you to confirm your identity with information we have on file. If you are concerned that the caller may not be an MBNA agent, then we invite you to call the toll-free number on the back of your card for greater peace of mind.
ExpandEmail fraud

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    How to report and protect yourself from credit card fraud

    Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many consumers to do more of their shopping online, many shysters have switched to committing online credit card fraud.

    “Fraudsters adjust to the temporary new normal,” says Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center.

    The two most common types of credit card fraud are account takeover fraud, which involves fraudsters using your credit card number to purchase items, and new account fraud, in which they open new accounts in your name, says John Breyault, vice president of public policy, telecommunications and fraud at the National Consumers League.

    Account takeover fraud is “by far more prevalent,” Breyault says, because it’s easier to perpetrate.

    See related: Common identity theft techniques

    How do thieves commit credit card fraud?

    Bad guys can buy lists of credit card numbers on the dark web. The information may include card numbers, expiration dates and security codes.

    A study by the cybersecurity research firm Privacy Affairs found in October 2020 that account details for a credit card with a balance of up to $1,000 sold for $12 on the dark web, while a card with a balance of up to $5,000 sold for $20.

    Fraudsters will buy up thousands of credit card numbers and then open up Netflix and other similar accounts to test if the credit card information they received works, says Tina Eide, senior vice president of global fraud and credit bust out risk management for American Express.

    If the small transaction goes through, they’ll then use the card to purchase bigger-ticket items, Eide says.

    With new account fraud, the crooks will open up new credit card accounts in your name and ring up purchases, often using information obtained in data breaches and sold on the dark web, Eide says.

    See related: What to do if your personal information lands on the dark web

    How credit card fraudsters obtain your information

    Along with obtaining your information through data breaches, fraudsters can target you in various ways.

    One common way is skimming, in which they attach a device to a gas pump, bank ATM or in-store payment processing machine in order to steal your credit card information, says Kevin Roundy, technical director at NortonLifeLock Research Labs.

    Fraudsters also use phishing, in which they send emails with links or attachments. If you click on them, you might have malware loaded onto your computer, which is used to steal credit card information you type into online forms, Roundy says.

    The emails often look like they come from legitimate businesses, including ones with which you’ve done business, “so you’re inclined to pay attention to what it says,” Roundy warns.

    They also use “vishing,” or voice phishing, in which callers pretend to be with your financial institution and ask you to provide them with your credit card information in order to “confirm” your identity, Eide says.

    Another variation is “smishing,” in which fraudsters send you a text message trying to get you to click on a link and then use it to steal your information, she says.

    With the boom in online shopping since the pandemic began, crooks are using package delivery scams, Breyault. You’ll receive a text or email purporting to be from a company such as UPS or Amazon, saying they were unable to deliver your package.

    They will ask you to click a link and then try to obtain such information as your credit card number, bank account information or Social Security number, he says, then use the information to set up new accounts in your name.

    How to protect your credit card information online

    • When applying for or using a credit card online, always check for the browser’s “lock” icon, but understand that this only signifies a secure communication channel, not necessarily the legitimate website of your card issuer.
    • Maintain active, up-to-date antivirus and spyware protection software.
    • Keep your operating system and browser updated with the latest security patches.
    • Never share your credit card account password. Use a strong password and avoid writing it down. Change it periodically and don’t use the same password for other accounts.
    • Review your account activity regularly.

    How can credit card fraud affect your finances?

    If you fall victim to fraudsters, you’ll generally face zero credit card liability.

    Under the Truth in Lending Act, your liability for any unauthorized transaction before you report it is $50. But most card issuers will not hold you responsible for unauthorized transactions.

    However, “we all pay for credit card fraud whether we’re victims or not,” Breyault says. “The costs still have to be borne by someone.”

    Tip: You’re protected against fraudulent charges on both debit and credit cards. But credit card transactions are still safer since fraudsters won’t be able to gain access to the money in your checking account. Plus, certain credit cards come with added perks like purchase protection, which can give you a refund or replacement if an item you purchased was lost or stolen.

    That could mean merchants have to reimburse banks for the charges, the merchants have to pay fees to the bank or consumers pay higher credit card fees, such as for late payments.

    “It’s spread out across the entire ecosystem,” Breyault says.

    With new account fraud, you are likely to be unaware that a new credit card has been opened in your name.

    In that case, the crooks can run up credit card debt, and it can impact your credit report and credit score until you dispute the charges and it has been resolved, Breyault says.

    See related: How to dispute a credit card purchase

    How to protect your credit card information offline

    • Always sign the back of your credit card instead of writing “Check ID” or “See ID.”
    • Don’t provide your credit card information over the phone unless you have initiated the call or you trust the party or retailer.
    • Review receipts before signing and save them instead of throwing them away.
    • Shred receipts after you’ve reconciled your monthly billing statement.

    What to do if you’re a victim of credit card fraud

    If you spot fraudulent activity on your credit card, you should call the phone number on the back of your card to alert your financial institution, Velasquez says.

    Do the same if you’ve been sent a phishing email or smishing text and click the link that is included.

    The most important thing, Breyault says, is to “dispute anything that looks unusual, quickly.”

    Doing so will allow your card issuer to put a hold on your card or cancel your account, Roundy says.

    Credit card issuers themselves work hard to protect you from fraud and monitor your accounts for unusual activity.

    But with so many people’s lives disrupted during the pandemic and so many transactions taking place online, “it’s much more difficult to detect what is out of pattern,” Velasquez says. “Your behavior is part of the process, and everybody’s behavior changed.”

    Tip: Other steps you should consider if you’re a victim of credit card fraud include placing a fraud alert on your credit report, filing a police report and filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

    How to protect yourself from credit card fraud

    You also can take simple steps to protect yourself.

    • Roundy recommends reviewing your credit card statements and calling your issuer if any transaction looks unfamiliar. If you sign up for online statements, it will keep crooks from getting their hands on your discarded statements, he adds.
    • Check your credit reports regularly. You can order one free copy of your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus – Experian, Equifax and TransUnion each year at AnnualCreditReport.com, Roundy says. Then look for any new accounts that might have been opened in your name. Due to COVID-19, the bureaus are offering free credit reports each week through April 2021.
    • If your card issuer offers them, request a virtual credit card, which is good for a certain amount of time or for a particular merchant, Breyault says. That way if the number is compromised, the potential damage is minimized.
    • Velasquez recommends that you sign up for fraud alerts from your issuer, or you can receive alerts for any charges made to your card.

    Credit card fraud “continues to be a growing problem,” Velasquez says, and fraudsters are drawn to it “because the opportunity exists.”

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    Credit card fraud

    Financial crime

    This article is about all types of Credit card fraud. For organised trade and laundering of credit card information, see Carding (fraud).

    Credit card fraud is an inclusive term for fraud committed using a payment card, such as a credit card or debit card.[1] The purpose may be to obtain goods or services or to make payment to another account, which is controlled by a criminal. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is the data security standard created to help financial institutions process card payments securely and reduce card fraud.[2]

    Credit card fraud can be authorised, where the genuine customer themselves processes a payment to another account which is controlled by a criminal, or unauthorised, where the account holder does not provide authorisation for the payment to proceed and the transaction is carried out by a third party. In 2018, unauthorised financial fraud losses across payment cards and remote banking totalled £844.8 million in the United Kingdom. Whereas banks and card companies prevented £1.66 billion in unauthorised fraud in 2018. That is the equivalent to £2 in every £3 of attempted fraud being stopped.[3]

    Credit cards are more secure than ever, with regulators, card providers and banks taking considerable time and effort to collaborate with investigators worldwide to ensure fraudsters aren't successful. Cardholders' money is usually protected from scammers with regulations that make the card provider and bank accountable. The technology and security measures behind credit cards are becoming increasingly sophisticated making it harder for fraudsters to steal money.[4]

    Means of payment card fraud[edit]

    There are two kinds of card fraud: card-present fraud (not so common nowadays) and card-not-present fraud (more common). The compromise can occur in a number of ways and can usually occur without the knowledge of the cardholder. The internet has made database security lapses particularly costly, in some cases, millions of accounts have been compromised.[5]

    Stolen cards can be reported quickly by cardholders, but a compromised account's details may be held by a fraudster for months before any theft, making it difficult to identify the source of the compromise. The cardholder may not discover fraudulent use until receiving a statement. Cardholders can mitigate this fraud risk by checking their account frequently to ensure there are not any suspicious or unknown transactions.[6]

    When a credit card is lost or stolen, it may be used for illegal purchases until the holder notifies the issuing bank and the bank puts a block on the account. Most banks have free 24-hour telephone numbers to encourage prompt reporting. Still, it is possible for a thief to make unauthorized purchases on a card before the card is canceled.

    Prevention of payment card fraud[edit]

    Card information is stored in a number of formats. Card numbers – formally the Primary Account Number (PAN) – are often embossed or imprinted on the card, and a magnetic stripe on the back contains the data in a machine-readable format. Fields can vary, but the most common include Name of the card holder; Card number; Expiration date; and Verification CVV code.

    In Europe and Canada, most cards are equipped with an EMV chip which requires a 4 to 6 digit PIN to be entered into the merchant's terminal before payment will be authorized. However, a PIN isn't required for online transactions. In some European countries, if you don't have a card with a chip, you may be asked for photo-ID at the point of sale.

    In some countries, a credit card holder can make a contactless payment for goods or services by tapping their card against a RFID or NFC reader without the need for a PIN or signature if the cost falls under a pre-determined limit. However, a stolen credit or debit card could be used for a number of smaller transactions prior to the fraudulent activity being flagged.

    Card issuers maintain several countermeasures, including software that can estimate the probability of fraud. For example, a large transaction occurring a great distance from the cardholder's home might seem suspicious. The merchant may be instructed to call the card issuer for verification or to decline the transaction, or even to hold the card and refuse to return it to the customer.[7]

    Types of payment card fraud[edit]

    Application fraud[edit]

    Application fraud takes place when a person uses stolen or fake documents to open an account in another person's name. Criminals may steal or fake documents such as utility bills and bank statements to build up a personal profile. When an account is opened using fake or stolen documents, the fraudster could then withdraw cash or obtain credit in the victim's name. To protect yourself, keep your details private and store sensitive documents in a secure place and be careful how you dispose of personal identifiable information.[8]

    Account takeover[edit]

    An account takeover refers to the act by which fraudsters will attempt to assume control of a customer's account (i.e. credit cards, email, banks, SIM card and more). Control at the account level offers high returns for fraudsters. According to Forrester, risk-based authentication (RBA) plays a key role in risk mitigation.[9]

    A fraudster uses parts of the victim's identity such as an email address to gain access to financial accounts. This individual then intercepts communication about the account to keep the victim blind to any threats. Victims are often the first to detect account takeover when they discover charges on monthly statements they did not authorize or multiple questionable withdrawals.[10] There has been an increase in the number of account takeovers since the adoption of EMV technology, which makes it more difficult for fraudsters to clone physical credit cards.[11]

    Among some of the most common methods by which a fraudster will commit an account takeover include proxy-based "checker" one-click apps, brute-force botnet attacks, phishing,[12] and malware. Other methods include dumpster diving to find personal information in discarded mail, and outright buying lists of 'Fullz,' a slang term for full packages of identifying information sold on the black market.[13]

    Social engineering fraud[edit]

    Social engineering fraud can occur when a criminal poses as someone else which results in a voluntary transfer of money or information to the fraudster. Fraudsters are turning to more sophisticated methods of scamming people and businesses out of money. A common tactic is sending spoof emails impersonating a senior member of staff and trying to deceive employees into transferring money to a fraudulent bank account.[14]

    Fraudsters may use a variety of techniques in order to solicit personal information by pretending to be a bank or payment processor. Telephone phishing is the most common social engineering technique to gain the trust of the victim.

    Businesses can protect themselves with a dual authorisation process for the transfer of funds that requires authorisation from at least two persons, and a call-back procedure to a previously established contact number, rather than any contact information included with the payment request. Your bank must refund you for any unauthorised payment, however they can refuse a refund on the basis: it can prove you authorised the transaction; or it can prove you are at fault because you acted deliberately, or failed to protect your details that allowed the transaction.[15]

    Skimming[edit]

    "Skimmer (device)" redirects here. For other uses, see Skimmer (disambiguation).

    Lock on gas pump to stop thieves from installing a skimmer device

    Skimming is the theft of personal information having used in an otherwise normal transaction. The thief can procure a victim's card number using basic methods such as photocopying receipts or more advanced methods such as using a small electronic device (skimmer) to swipe and store hundreds of victims' card numbers. Common scenarios for skimming are taxis, restaurants or bars where the skimmer has possession of the victim's payment card out of their immediate view.[16] The thief may also use a small keypad to unobtrusively transcribe the three or four-digit card security code, which is not present on the magnetic strip.

    Call centers are another area where skimming can easily occur.[17] Skimming can also occur at merchants when a third-party card-reading device is installed either outside a card-swiping terminal. This device allows a thief to capture a customer's card information, including their PIN, with each card swipe.[18]

    Skimming is difficult for the typical cardholder to detect, but given a large enough sample, it is fairly easy for the card issuer to detect. The issuer collects a list of all the cardholders who have complained about fraudulent transactions, and then uses data mining to discover relationships among them and the merchants they use. Sophisticated algorithms can also search for patterns of fraud. Merchants must ensure the physical security of their terminals, and penalties for merchants can be severe if they are compromised, ranging from large fines by the issuer to complete exclusion from the system, which can be a death blow to businesses such as restaurants where credit card transactions are the norm.

    Instances of skimming have been reported where the perpetrator has put over the card slot of an ATM (automated teller machine) a device that reads the magnetic strip as the user unknowingly passes their card through it.[19] These devices are often used in conjunction with a miniature camera to read the user's PIN at the same time.[20] This method is being used in many parts of the world, including South America, Argentina,[21] and Europe.[22]

    Unexpected repeat billing[edit]

    Online bill paying or internet purchases utilizing a bank account are a source for repeat billing known as "recurring bank charges". These are standing orders or banker's orders from a customer to honor and pay a certain amount every month to the payee. With E-commerce, especially in the United States, a vendor or payee can receive payment by direct debit through the ACH Network. While many payments or purchases are valid, and the customer has intentions to pay the bill monthly, some are known as Rogue Automatic Payments.[23]

    Another type of credit card fraud targets utility customers. Customers receive unsolicited in-person, telephone, or electronic communication from individuals claiming to be representatives of utility companies. The scammers alert customers that their utilities will be disconnected unless an immediate payment is made, usually involving the use of a reloadable debit card to receive payment. Sometimes the scammers use authentic-looking phone numbers and graphics to deceive victims.

    Regulation and governance[edit]

    United States[edit]

    While not federally mandated in the United States PCI DSS is mandated by the Payment Card Industry Security Standard council, which is composed of major credit card brands and maintains this as an industry standard. Some states have incorporated the standard into their laws.

    Proposed toughening of federal law[edit]

    The US Department of Justice has announced in September 2014 that it will seek to impose a tougher law to combat overseas credit card trafficking. Authorities say the current statute is too weak because it allows people in other countries to avoid prosecution if they stay outside the United States when buying and selling the data and don't pass their illicit business through the U.S. The Department of Justice asks US Congress to amend the current law that would make it illegal for an international criminal to possess, buy or sell a stolen credit card issued by a U.S. bank independent of geographic location.[24]

    Cardholder liability[edit]

    In the US, federal law limits the liability of card holders to $50 in the event of theft of the actual credit card, regardless of the amount charged on the card, if reported within 60 days of receiving the statement.[25] In practice, many issuers will waive this small payment and simply remove the fraudulent charges from the customer's account if the customer signs an affidavit confirming that the charges are indeed fraudulent. If the physical card is not lost or stolen, but rather just the credit card account number itself is stolen, then federal law guarantees cardholders have zero liability to the credit card issuer.[26]

    United Kingdom[edit]

    In the UK, credit cards are regulated by the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (amended 2006). This provides a number of protections and requirements. Any misuse of the card, unless deliberately criminal on the part of the cardholder, must be refunded by the merchant or card issuer.

    The regulation of banks in the United Kingdom is undertaken by the: Bank of England (BoE); Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) a division of the BoE; and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) who manages the day to day oversight. There is no specific legislation or regulation that governs the credit card industry. However the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) is the institution that all settlement members are a part of. The organisation works under the Banking Consolidation Directive to provide a means by which transactions can be monitored and regulated.[27]UK Finance is the association for the UK banking and financial services sector, representing more than 250 firms providing credit, banking and payment-related services.

    Australia[edit]

    A graph showing the number of victims and proportion of population or household affected by different offenses

    In Australia, credit card fraud is considered a form of ‘identity crime’. The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre has established standard definitions in relation to identity crime for use by law enforcement across Australia:

    • The term identity encompasses the identity of natural persons (living or deceased) and the identity of bodies corporate
    • Identity fabrication describes the creation of a fictitious identity
    • Identity manipulation describes the alteration of one's own identity
    • Identity theft describes the theft or assumption of a pre-existing identity (or significant part thereof), with or without consent and whether, in the case of an individual, the person is living or deceased
    • Identity crime is a generic term to describe activities/offences in which a perpetrator uses a fabricated identity, a manipulated identity, or a stolen/assumed identity to facilitate the commission of a crime(s).[28]

    Losses[edit]

    Estimates created by the Attorney-General's Department show that identity crime costs Australia upwards of $1.6 billion each year, with majority of about $900 million being lost by individuals through credit card fraud, identity theft and scams.[28] In 2015, the Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism, Michael Keenan, released the report Identity Crime and Misuse in Australia 2013–14. This report estimated that the total direct and indirect cost of identity crime was closer to $2 billion, which includes the direct and indirect losses experienced by government agencies and individuals, and the cost of identity crimes recorded by police.[29]

    Cardholder Liability[edit]

    The victim of credit card fraud in Australia, still in possession of the card, is not responsible for anything bought on it without their permission. However, this is subject to the terms and conditions of the account. If the card has been reported physically stolen or lost the cardholder is usually not responsible for any transactions not made by them, unless it can be shown that the cardholder acted dishonestly or without reasonable care.[28]

    Vendors vs merchants[edit]

    To prevent vendors being "charged back" for fraud transactions, merchants can sign up for services offered by Visa and MasterCard called Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode, under the umbrella term 3-D Secure. This requires consumers to add additional information to confirm a transaction.[citation needed]

    Often enough online merchants do not take adequate measures to protect their websites from fraud attacks, for example by being blind to sequencing. In contrast to more automated product transactions, a clerk overseeing "card present" authorization requests must approve the customer's removal of the goods from the premises in real time.[citation needed]

    If the merchant loses the payment, the fees for processing the payment, any currency conversion commissions, and the amount of the chargeback penalty. For obvious reasons, many merchants take steps to avoid chargebacks—such as not accepting suspicious transactions. This may spawn collateral damage, where the merchant additionally loses legitimate sales by incorrectly blocking legitimate transactions. Mail Order/Telephone Order (MOTO) merchants are implementing Agent-assisted automation which allows the call center agent to collect the credit card number and other personally identifiable information without ever seeing or hearing it. This greatly reduces the probability of chargebacks and increases the likelihood that fraudulent chargebacks will be overturned.[30]

    Famous credit fraud attacks[edit]

    Between July 2005 and mid-January 2007, a breach of systems at TJX Companies exposed data from more than 45.6 million credit cards. Albert Gonzalez is accused of being the ringleader of the group responsible for the thefts.[31] In August 2009 Gonzalez was also indicted for the biggest known credit card theft to date — information from more than 130 million credit and debit cards was stolen at Heartland Payment Systems, retailers 7-Eleven and Hannaford Brothers, and two unidentified companies.[32]

    In 2012, about 40 million sets of payment card information were compromised by a hack of Adobe Systems.[33] The information compromised included customer names, encrypted payment card numbers, expiration dates, and information relating to orders, Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin said.[34]

    In July 2013, press reports indicated four Russians and a Ukrainian were indicted in the U.S. state of New Jersey for what was called "the largest hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States."[35] Albert Gonzalez was also cited as a co-conspirator of the attack, which saw at least 160 million credit card losses and excess of $300 million in losses. The attack affected both American and European companies including Citigroup, Nasdaq OMX Group, PNC Financial Services Group, Visa licensee Visa Jordan, Carrefour, J. C. Penny and JetBlue Airways.[36]

    Between 27 November 2013 and 15 December 2013, a breach of systems at Target Corporation exposed data from about 40 million credit cards. The information stolen included names, account numbers, expiry dates, and card security codes.[37]

    From 16 July to 30 October 2013, a hacking attack compromised about a million sets of payment card data stored on computers at Neiman-Marcus.[33][38] A malware system, designed to hook into cash registers and monitor the credit card authorisation process (RAM-scraping malware), infiltrated Target's systems and exposed information from as many as 110 million customers.[39]

    On 8 September 2014, The Home Depot confirmed that their payment systems were compromised. They later released a statement saying that the hackers obtained a total of 56 million credit card numbers as a result of the breach.[40]

    On 15 May 2016, in a coordinated attack, a group of around 100 individuals used the data of 1600 South African credit cards to steal US$12.7 million from 1400 convenience stores in Tokyo within three hours. By acting on a Sunday and in another country than the bank which issued the cards, they are believed to have won enough time to leave Japan before the heist was discovered.[41]

    Countermeasures to combat card payment fraud[edit]

    Countermeasures to combat credit card fraud include the following.

    By Merchants[edit]

    By Card issuers[edit]

    • Fraud detection and prevention software[42][43][44][45] that analyzes patterns of normal and unusual behavior as well as individual transactions in order to flag likely fraud. Profiles include such information as IP address.[46] Technologies have existed since the early 1990s to detect potential fraud. One early market entrant was Falcon;[43] other leading software solutions for card fraud include Actimize, SAS, BAE Systems Detica, and IBM.
    • Fraud detection and response business processes such as:
      • Contacting the cardholder to request verification
      • Placing preventative controls/holds on accounts which may have been victimized
      • Blocking card until transactions are verified by cardholder
      • Investigating fraudulent activity
    • Strong Authentication measures such as:
      • Multi-factor Authentication, verifying that the account is being accessed by the cardholder through requirement of additional information such as account number, PIN, ZIP, challenge questions
      • Multi possession-factor authentication, verifying that the account is being accessed by the cardholder through requirement of additional personal devices such as smart watch, smart phone challenge–response authentication[47]
      • Out-of-band Authentication,[48] verifying that the transaction is being done by the cardholder through a "known" or "trusted" communication channel such as text message, phone call, or security token device
    • Industry collaboration and information sharing about known fraudsters and emerging threat vectors[49][50]

    By Banks/Financial Institutions[edit]

    • Internal self-banking area for the customer to carry out the transactions regardless of the weather conditions. The access door:
      • Identifies every cardholder that gains access to the designated area
      • Increases protection for customers during self-service procedures
      • Protects the ATMs and banking assets against unauthorized usage
      • The protected area can also be monitored by the bank's CCTV system
      • Cards use CHIP identification (ex PASSCHIP [51]) to decrease the possibility of card skimming

    By Governmental and Regulatory Bodies[edit]

    • Enacting consumer protection laws related to card fraud
    • Performing regular examinations and risk assessments of credit card issuers[52]
    • Publishing standards, guidance, and guidelines for protecting cardholder information and monitoring for fraudulent activity[53]
    • Regulation, such as that introduced in the SEPA and EU28 by the European Central Bank's 'SecuRe Pay'[54] requirements and the Payment Services Directive 2[55] legislation.

    By Cardholders[edit]

    • Reporting lost or stolen cards
    • Reviewing charges regularly and reporting unauthorized transactions immediately
    • Keeping a credit card within the cardholder's view at all times, such as in restaurants and taxis
    • Installing virus protection software on personal computers
    • Using caution when using credit cards for online purchases, especially on non-trusted websites
    • Keeping a record of account numbers, their expiration dates, and the phone number and address of each company in a secure place.[56]
    • Not sending credit card information by unencrypted email
    • Not keeping written PIN numbers with the credit card.

    Additional technological features[edit]

    See also[edit]

    References[edit]

    1. ^"Credit Card Fraud - Consumer Action"(PDF). Consumer Action. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
    2. ^"Official PCI Security Standards Council Site - Verify PCI Compliance, Download Data Security and Credit Card Security Standards". www.pcisecuritystandards.org. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
    3. ^"FRAUD THE FACTS 2019 - The definitive overview of payment industry fraud"(PDF). UK Finance.
    4. ^"Credit card fraud: the biggest card frauds in history". uSwitch. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
    5. ^"Court filings double estimate of TJX breach". 2007.
    6. ^Irby, LaToya. "9 Ways to Keep Credit Card Fraud From Happening to You". The Balance. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
    7. ^"Preventing payment fraud

      Wanna hear something crazy?

      There are 10 trillion possible combinations of credit card numbers out in the universe, and card issuers are only using about 65 million of them.

      With odds like that, the statistical likelihood that a criminal will chance upon a valid account number — and then upon your account number — is very low.

      But that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods.

      Far from it: Data breaches, identity theft, and credit card fraud have all become more common in recent years, and with most of us living our lives online, you shouldn’t expect that to change.  

      In light of these problems, you need to learn how to protect yourself. Here’s what you need to know about credit card security — and how to make sure your cards stay safe.

      Insider tip

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      Read moreDealing With Fraud and Identity Theft

      Common Credit Card Security Features

      Nearly all credit cards come with the following security features:

      • The basics: All cards used by American shoppers have a signature panel, expiration date, magnetic strip, and unique account number.
      • Signature panel: Believe it or not, credit cards must be signed according to credit card issuer terms. Merchants can refuse to accept cards if the signature box is empty, or if it has the words “See I.D.”
      • Security code: This three-digit code on the back of the credit card (or, for American Express, four-digit code on the front) is required for processing any “card not present” transactions. It’s also known as a CVV — “card verification value.”
      • Chip cards (EMV cards): Unlike cards with only magnetic stripes, chip cards encrypt information at each transaction, making fraud much more difficult.
      • Holographs: These come standard on most credit cards, and are unique to the card network.
      • Usage monitoring: If you make an abnormal purchase — such as for a large amount or in a different location than usual — your issuer may flag the card and take steps to verify the purchase was authentic.

      Some credit cards also come with additional security features like:

      • Photos: Bank of America and Citi will add your photo to a credit card upon request. But, thanks to online shopping and point-of-sale keypads, photo cards don’t provide as much security as you’d hope.
      • Temporary purchase numbers: Some credit card issuers — including, again, Bank of America and Citi — allow you to generate single-use card numbers for online purchases. That way, it doesn’t matter if your card number is compromised, since you’ll never use it again.
      • Virtual credit card numbers: Certain credit card issuers provide virtual credit card numbers. These are digital versions of your physical card. They’re often provided to prevent fraud and identity theft while shopping online or over the phone. If anything happens to your virtual card, you can delete it and get a new one.
      Insider tip

      Mastercard and Visa are working on the next generation of credit card security: biometric cards, which use your fingerprint to verify the transaction.

      6 Credit Card Security Don’ts

      Despite all those security features, you can never be too careful with your credit card chase bank customer support are six tips for keeping your card safe.

      Don’t Use Debit Cards

      To put it simply, debit cards don’t offer the same fraud protections that credit cards do. If a thief steals and uses your debit card without your permission, you could be held personally liable for up to $500 or more in unauthorized charges (unless you report the fraud within two business days).

      With debit cards, your personal money is on the line for fraudulent transactions. With credit cards, it’s the card issuer’s money. Report unauthorized credit card charges within 60 days and you’ll have zero liability with most card issuers.

      It may also be harder to get refunds in cases of debit card fraud — and the associated bank of america credit card fraud telephone number can result in missed bills and added stress.

      Learn more aboutwhy we recommend credit cards over debit cards.

      Don’t Make Transactions on Open Networks

      When there’s no password required to access a WiFi network, unencrypted data can be visible to any computer nearby. These other computers may be able to intercept information you’re transmitting and receiving from websites that don’t have “https” in the URL.

      That means you could be sending your credit card number or other personal information right into the waiting hands of an identity thief.

      Bottom line: Never enter your credit card number when using unsecured public WiFi networks if you’re not sure whether the website uses SSL.

      Don’t Share Your Number With Unverified Representatives

      “Hello, this is American Express calling. Would you mind verifying your credit card number?”

      Identity thieves often call and claim to be from an organization you trust — a fire department that’s conducting a fundraiser, a utility company that’s about to shut off your electricity, an administrator of a contest you’ve won — to trick you into giving them your credit card number. You should also be careful about clicking any links in emails where the sender’s email address looks suspicious.

      “Phishing” is another form of fraud that’s common online. With phishing scams, criminals may send emails pretending to be your bank or credit card issuer. These emails may ask for personal information or may provide you with a phony (but realistic-looking) link in an effort to steal your login credentials.

      Just remember: If you didn’t initiate the phone call or email, don’t give out your card number.

      To check if the request is legitimate, contact the organization via its published phone number or secure messaging system. You may also want to develop the habit of visiting bank and card issuer’s websites directly, not via first financial bank texas customer service number provided in emails, out of an abundance of caution.

      Don’t Email Your Card Number

      Some email hackers employ search tools that scan for strings of numbers likely to be credit card accounts.

      Any time you write or type your credit card number and give it to someone in an unsecured, unencrypted manner (including on a piece of paper), you increase your risk of exposure.

      Some businesses, including vacation home websites, ask to hold your credit card number as a sort of deposit or guarantee. While not unusual, this isn’t very safe — and you should seek alternatives.

      Don’t Share Your Card Number Where Others Can Hear

      Many legitimate financial transactions are conducted on the telephone, and may require you to verbally give your credit card number and other personal information.

      If you recite that information out loud, anyone in earshot will be able to use it. It’s best to avoid making these calls in public places.

      Don’t Post Photos of Your Credit Card

      While it may seem obvious, never post photos of your card online. For example, look at the picture below: Though the woman soon realized her mistake and deleted the image, it lives on in internet infamy.

      Credit Card Number

      Don’t do this.

      When it comes to pictures, some people feel safe when they cover the first eight digits of their card. Others obscure the last eight. In either case, it’s a bad idea.

      Take the picture below. Hopefully it was a joke, but if not: We have half the card number, plus the expiration date and the cardholder’s name. Since we know all Visa card numbers begin with “4,” and the next five digits identify the bank or card issuer, only two unknown digits remain in the entire 16-digit account number. An enterprising thief could easily figure out what they are.

      If you have a legitimate reason for posting a photo of your credit or debit card (which you probably don’t), obscure all the numbers. At the very least, cover the last ten digits, which are unique to your account.

      4 Ways to Improve Credit Card Security

      We just covered a whole lot of what not to do when it comes to improving your credit card security. Now, here’s what you should do to help keep your credit card safe.

      Manage Your Passwords and Accounts Carefully

      • Make secure, unique passwords: Use a password manager, like LastPass or 1Password, to generate and manage passwords for every online account you create.
      • Change your passwords regularly: In addition to creating unique passwords, it’s also wise to change them on a regular basis.
      • Log out after every transaction: Be sure to log out of all online accounts — especially if you’re using a computer accessible by others.
      • Disable autofill: Web browsers will often store your credit card information for you. If you want to be extra cautious, don’t use this feature.
      • Look for “https”: Before submitting your card information online, make sure the website’s address starts with “https://” rather than just “http://”. The “s” stands for secure, and it means information you submit through forms is encrypted.

      Sign Up for Additional Protections

      Some credit card networks and issuers offer additional protections to online shoppers. You can sign up for Mastercard Secure Code, for example, which will ask you for a six-digit code when you make a purchase.

      Similar programs include Visa Secure and Amex SafeKey, neither of which require registration. They work behind the scenes while you shop, occasionally asking you to provide verification for suspicious how do i activate my first premier bank card. Sometimes verification is as simple as replying to a text message.

      You can also use payment gateways, like PayPal or Apple Pay, to provide an additional barrier between yourself and online merchants.

      Review Your Credit Card Transactions

      You don’t have to wait for your monthly statement to review your credit card activity. Be proactive and log into your account once a week to check for any fraudulent charges.
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      Even small, suspicious charges shouldn’t be ignored. While an unrecognized charge of $1 may seem insignificant, it’s worth looking into. Credit card thieves commonly charge a series of small purchases to see if a card is still active and available for use. If a crook determines your credit card key bank online personal banking “live,” then some larger fraudulent purchases may follow.

      Credit card fraudsters also use devices called “skimmers” to collect card data at ATMs and automated gas pumps. Skimmers fit over the card slot or PIN pad, and look much like the normal machine. Since they’re hard to detect, it’s important to monitor your bills for suspicious activity. You can learn more about skimmers, and see examples of their authentic appearance, in this post from Krebs on Security.

      Review Your Credit Reports

      Unauthorized credit card charges won’t show up on your credit reports. However, fraudulent accounts and unauthorized credit applications may.

      You should pull your credit reports once a year to make sure they look correct. Quarterly credit checks are recommended, but once a month wouldn’t be considered overkill if you want to add them to your routine. You could also sign up for a credit monitoring service that alerts you to any suspicious activity on your reports with Equifax, TransUnion, or Experian.

      Shred Your Documents

      Instead of tossing bills, pre-approved credit offers, and other financial statements in the recycling bin, put them through a paper shredder first. These documents may be full of sensitive, personal information that you don’t want to fall into the wrong hands.

      Some identity thieves use low-tech methods to steal information, like dumpster diving. Identity thieves could use the information on unshredded financial documents to open accounts in your name, order “replacement” credit cards, and more. Once a scammer has your info, it’s time-consuming and stressful to recover. Since paper shredders cost around $30, we’d say they’re well worth the increased security.

      Which Bank Offers the Best Credit Card Security?

      No credit card’s security is appreciably better than any other.

      The best credit cards all offer strong security measures. As long as you take proper precautions, you should be good to go.

      Just remember, no security feature can substitute for user caution, vigilance, and frequent self-monitoring.

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      What to Do If You Spot Fraud on Your Bank of America Credit Card

      When I found fraud on my credit card, my first reaction was not the correct one: I panicked. I was stressed and worried, and those emotions stopped me from taking productive action.

      I didn’t know what to do and for some reason, I felt a little afraid to contact my credit card company. What if they thought I was lying? I thought.

      Looking back, this is clearly irrational. But that’s what happens when you panic! So if you find yourself in this situation, my best advice is to stay calm. Know it’s okay and figuring out what to do doesn’t have to be hard.

      If you have a Bank of America credit card and you spot evidence of fraud on your statement, you can follow the steps and tips outlined here. The faster walmart money card number act and contact the Bank of America fraud department, the faster this issue gets resolved.

      Does Your Bank of America Credit Card Protect You Against Fraud?

      Telling someone not to panic when they spot crazy charges they didn’t make sounds like a case of easier said than done, right? But here’s why you truly shouldn’t spend your energy worrying.

      Federal law limits all cardholders across banks and credit issues to $50. Individual issuers and companies can waive even that, and Bank of America is one bank that does. Their consumer credit cards are covered by the bank’s Total Security Protection service.

      That includes a $0 liability guarantee. The bank will reimburse you for any fraudulent credit card transactions. They can credit your account for fraudulent charges made on your card as soon as the next business day in some cases.

      So instead of panicking first, contact Bank of America. Know you’re protected, but you need to alert the bank and provide them with as much as you know about the fraudulent activity.

      How to Report to the Bank of America Fraud Department

      If you spot fraud on your Bank of America credit card, you need to call 1-800-432-1000. You can also log into your online account portal to report fraud if your card was lost or stolen -- but if you do so, follow up with a call.

      If you suspect you received an email, phone call, or text that was part of a phishing scam, you can contact [email protected].

      Make sure to forward the suspicious message to that email address when you contact the bank. For texts and phone calls, describe the incident in as much detail as possible so the Bank of America fraud department has all the information available to investigate further. Be prepared to scan, fax, or mail other supporting documentation like bills from services you didn’t sign up for and your credit card statement itself.

      You need to report any and all fraudulent activity that you find or even suspect. If you don’t make the report, fraud protection won’t cover you. You could be liable for the charges you didn’t authorize.

      This is one big reason it’s better to be overly cautious rather than brush it off as no big deal. And it’s also why you should always check your statements carefully each month! Go through the document and look at every single transaction. If Bank of America doesn’t receive your report, they can’t protect you or your credit card against fraud.

      You need to take one additional step if the fraud was caused by identity theft: contact law enforcement and file a police report.

      What Happens Next?

      Once you contact Bank of America, they can start processing and investigating your report. During this process, they’ll first verify whether or not you were a victim of fraud (and explain what happened if they determine you were not). Make sure to record any case numbers they provide you -- you’ll need this when you call back to follow up on your report.

      They’ll then remove fraudulent charges and credit your account so you’re not liable for making payments on those amounts. Bank of America may close your account or simply cancel the affected credit card in order to prevent continued unauthorized transactions.

      After the old, affected account and card is either closed or canceled, the bank will provide you with a new account and card number. They’ll also expedite a new card to you so you can get back to normal with your financial life as soon as possible.

      Once you receive your new card, make sure to update your existing information across accounts, subscriptions, and services. You need to put in your new card number so payments will continue to process without issue.

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      This is all about being safe rather than sorry, so keep an eye on your Bank of America account and statements. You want to ensure they credited your account for the fraudulent charges you aren’t liable for. If you have questions or need information throughout the process, don’t hesitate to call back and reference your unique case number.

      Stopping Fraud in the Future

      The bank's debit and credit cards come with built-in security features and also extend purchase protection to cardholders. That’s good news for you if you experience fraud on your Bank of America credit card. Bank of america credit card fraud telephone number better? It doesn’t cost you anything to take advantage of it.

      Security starts with chips embedded into credit cards. These chips make it really difficult for thieves to steal your information from chip-enabled card readers or by using skimmers.

      Bank of America also provides fraud monitoring, which means they keep an eye on your account at all times. They look for patterns in your normal spending and alert you when something unusual occurs.

      You can also set up your own account alerts to monitor activity (instead of just checking statements on a monthly basis). Log into your online banking portal and navigate to “Alerts” tab. From there, you can customize what alerts you receive and how you get them.

      They also provide resources on their site that can help you better understand how to prevent fraud and what steps to take if it happens to you. This ameris bank home mortgage their lost or stolen wallet guide, tips on how to implement smart Internet security measures, and best practices for general credit card safety.

      Talk to Credit Bureaus, Too

      It’s critical that you report fraud to Bank of America immediately to avoid being charged for transactions you didn’t make. Once you do so, you can take the process a step further by reaching out to the 3 credit bureaus, as well.

      First, request a copy of your credit report. Once you receive it, check it for evidence of fraud on other accounts you own. Then, consider asking the bureau to place fraud alerts on your report.

      This message requests that creditors get in touch with you via the contact information you provide before they open any accounts in your name. Here’s where to call each of the 3 bureaus:

      U.S. Credit Bureaus Contact Info

      Credit BureauPhone numberMailing Address
      Equifax1-800-525-6285Equifax Fraud Assistance, P.O. Box 105069, Atlanta, GA 30348
      Experian1-888-397-3742Experian, P.O. Box 949, Allen, TX 75013
      TransUnion1-800-680-7289Fraud Victim Assistance Department, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834

      And if you have accounts or cards with other financial institutions, Bank of America suggests contacting those companies. They can help protect you by checking your accounts for fraud, updating passwords, and canceling anything that’s affected.

      What You Can Do on Your Own

      You don’t need to rely solely on any bank or montgomery county ohio food bank issuer to help prevent fraud. There’s a lot that you can do yourself to stop this from happening to you again.

      The most obvious steps are to keep both your physical card and your personal information safe. Don’t let other people use your card or take it out of your sight when you make transactions. Avoid giving out your data (including your card number) on the phone if you don’t verify the caller. And never provide that information via email.

      Keeping personal info safe also means keeping paperwork, documents, and receipts safe. Even when you go to throw them away, make sure you shred these papers so thieves can’t use information in your trash to commit fraud.

      Protect your digital info with the same care — don’t give out passwords or make them obvious. (If your password is “password,” please change it now.) Update your passwords every six months and don’t use the same one for all your accounts.

      And as outlined above, report any activity you think is suspicious. It may feel like overkill, but it’s better to be cautious than careless when it comes shari headley coming to america 2 fraud. No one will fault you for working to prevent fraudulent activity, but it’s a headache for everyone to sort out once it happens.

      Using your common sense and good judgment goes a long way in keeping your credit safe. Simply staying aware and choosing caution over shrugging and saying, “it’ll be fine” can help prevent your Bank of America credit card from racking up fraudulent charges in the future.

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      Credit card fraud

      Financial crime

      This article is about all types of Credit card fraud. For organised trade and laundering of credit card information, see Carding (fraud).

      Credit card fraud is an inclusive term for fraud committed using a payment card, such as a credit card or debit card.[1] The purpose may be to obtain goods or services or to make payment to another account, which is controlled by a criminal. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is the data security standard created to help financial institutions process card payments securely and reduce card fraud.[2]

      Credit card fraud can be authorised, where the genuine customer themselves processes a payment to another account which is controlled by a criminal, or unauthorised, where the account holder does not bank of america credit card fraud telephone number authorisation for the payment to proceed and the transaction is carried out by a third party. In 2018, unauthorised financial fraud losses across payment cards and remote banking totalled £844.8 million in the United Kingdom. Whereas banks and card companies prevented £1.66 billion in unauthorised fraud in 2018. That is the equivalent to £2 in every £3 of attempted fraud being stopped.[3]

      Credit cards are more secure than ever, with regulators, card providers and banks taking considerable time and effort to collaborate with investigators worldwide to ensure fraudsters aren't successful. Cardholders' money is usually protected from scammers with regulations that make the card provider and bank accountable. The technology and security measures behind credit cards are becoming increasingly sophisticated making it harder for fraudsters to steal money.[4]

      Means of payment card fraud[edit]

      There are two kinds of card fraud: card-present fraud (not so common nowadays) and card-not-present fraud (more common). The compromise can occur in a number of ways and can usually occur without the knowledge of the cardholder. The internet has made database security lapses particularly costly, in some cases, millions of accounts have been compromised.[5]

      Stolen cards can be reported quickly by cardholders, but a compromised account's details may be held by a fraudster for months before any theft, making it difficult to identify the source of the compromise. The cardholder may not discover fraudulent use until receiving a statement. Cardholders can mitigate this fraud risk by checking their account frequently to ensure there are not any suspicious or unknown transactions.[6]

      When a credit card is lost or stolen, it may be used for illegal purchases until the holder notifies the issuing bank and walmart money card number bank puts a block on the account. Most banks have free 24-hour telephone numbers to encourage prompt reporting. Still, it is possible for a thief to make unauthorized purchases on a card before the card is canceled.

      Prevention of payment card fraud[edit]

      Card information is stored in a number of formats. Card numbers – bank of america credit card fraud telephone number the Primary Account Number (PAN) – are often embossed or imprinted on the card, and a magnetic stripe on the back contains the data in a machine-readable format. Fields can vary, but the most common include Name of the card holder; Card number; Expiration date; and Verification CVV code.

      In Europe and Canada, most cards are equipped with an EMV chip which requires a 4 to 6 digit PIN to be entered into the merchant's terminal before payment will be authorized. However, a PIN isn't required for online transactions. In some European countries, if you don't have a card with a chip, you may be asked for photo-ID at the point of sale.

      In some countries, a credit card holder can make a contactless payment for goods or services by tapping their card against a RFID or NFC reader without the need for a PIN or signature if the cost falls under a pre-determined limit. However, a stolen credit or debit card could be used for a number of smaller transactions prior to the fraudulent activity being flagged.

      Card issuers maintain several countermeasures, including software that can estimate the probability of fraud. For example, a large transaction occurring a great distance from the cardholder's home might seem suspicious. The merchant may be instructed to call the card issuer for verification or to decline the transaction, or even to hold the card and refuse to return it to the customer.[7]

      Types of payment card fraud[edit]

      Application fraud[edit]

      Application fraud takes place when a person uses stolen or fake documents to open an account in another person's name. Criminals may steal or fake documents such as utility bills and bank statements to build up a personal profile. When an account is opened using fake or stolen documents, the fraudster could then withdraw cash or obtain credit in the victim's name. To protect yourself, keep your details private and store sensitive documents in a secure place and be careful how you dispose of personal identifiable information.[8]

      Account takeover[edit]

      An account takeover refers to the act by which fraudsters will attempt to assume control of a customer's account (i.e. credit cards, email, banks, SIM card and more). Control at the account level offers high returns for fraudsters. According to Forrester, risk-based authentication (RBA) plays a key role in risk mitigation.[9]

      A fraudster uses parts of the victim's identity such as an email address to gain access to financial accounts. This individual then intercepts communication about the account to keep the victim blind to any threats. Victims are often the first to detect account takeover when they discover charges on monthly statements they did not authorize or multiple questionable withdrawals.[10] There has been an increase in the number of account takeovers since the adoption of EMV technology, which makes it more difficult for fraudsters to clone physical credit cards.[11]

      Among some of the most common methods by which a fraudster will commit an account takeover include proxy-based "checker" one-click apps, brute-force botnet attacks, phishing,[12] and malware. Other methods include dumpster diving to find personal information union savings bank com discarded mail, and outright buying lists of 'Fullz,' a slang term for full packages of identifying information sold on the black market.[13]

      Social engineering fraud[edit]

      Social engineering fraud can occur when a criminal poses as someone else which results in a voluntary transfer of money or information to the fraudster. Fraudsters are turning to more sophisticated methods of scamming people and businesses out of money. A common tactic is sending spoof emails impersonating a senior member of staff and trying to deceive employees into transferring money to a fraudulent bank account.[14]

      Fraudsters may use a variety of techniques in order to solicit personal information by pretending to be a bank or payment processor. Telephone phishing is the most common social engineering technique to gain the trust of the victim.

      Businesses can protect themselves with a dual authorisation process for the transfer of funds that requires authorisation from at least two persons, and a call-back procedure to a previously established contact number, rather than any contact information included with the payment request. Your bank must refund you for any unauthorised payment, however they can refuse a refund on the basis: it can prove you authorised the transaction; or it can prove you are at fault because you acted deliberately, or failed to protect your details that allowed the transaction.[15]

      Skimming[edit]

      "Skimmer (device)" redirects here. For other uses, see Skimmer (disambiguation).

      Lock on gas pump to stop thieves from installing a skimmer device

      Skimming is the theft of personal information having used in an otherwise normal transaction. The thief can procure a victim's card number using basic methods such as photocopying receipts or more advanced methods such as using a small electronic device (skimmer) to swipe and store hundreds of victims' card numbers. Common scenarios for skimming are taxis, restaurants or bars where the skimmer has possession of the victim's payment card out of their immediate view.[16] The thief may also use a small keypad to unobtrusively transcribe the three or four-digit card security code, which is not present on the magnetic strip.

      Call centers are another area where skimming can easily occur.[17] Skimming can also occur at merchants when a third-party card-reading device is installed either outside a card-swiping terminal. This device allows a thief to capture a customer's card information, including their PIN, with each card swipe.[18]

      Skimming is difficult for the typical cardholder to detect, but given a large enough sample, it is fairly easy for the card issuer to detect. The issuer collects a list of all the cardholders who have complained about fraudulent transactions, and then uses data mining to discover relationships among them and the merchants they use. Sophisticated algorithms can also search for patterns of fraud. Merchants must ensure the physical security of their terminals, and penalties for merchants can be severe if they are compromised, ranging from large fines by the issuer to complete exclusion from the system, which can be a death blow to businesses such as restaurants where credit card transactions are the norm.

      Instances of skimming have been reported safety 1st continuum 3 in 1 car seat the perpetrator has put over the card slot of an ATM (automated teller machine) a device that reads the magnetic strip as the user unknowingly passes their card through it.[19] These devices are often used in conjunction with a miniature tj maxx credit card login pay bill to read the user's PIN at the same time.[20] This method is being used in many parts of the world, including South America, Argentina,[21] and Europe.[22]

      Unexpected repeat billing[edit]

      Online bill paying or internet purchases utilizing a bank account are a source for repeat billing known as "recurring bank charges". These are standing orders or banker's orders from a customer to honor and pay a certain amount every month to the payee. With E-commerce, especially in the United States, a vendor or payee can receive payment by direct debit through the ACH Network. While many payments or purchases are valid, and the customer has intentions to pay the bill monthly, some are known as Rogue Automatic Payments.[23]

      Another type of credit card fraud targets utility customers. Customers receive unsolicited in-person, telephone, or electronic communication from individuals claiming to be representatives of utility companies. The scammers alert customers that their utilities will be disconnected unless an immediate payment is made, usually involving the use of a reloadable debit card to receive payment. Sometimes the scammers use authentic-looking phone numbers and graphics to deceive victims.

      Regulation and governance[edit]

      United States[edit]

      While not federally mandated in the United States PCI DSS is mandated by the Payment Card Industry Security Standard council, which is composed of major credit card brands and maintains this as an industry standard. Some states have incorporated the standard into their laws.

      Proposed toughening of federal law[edit]

      The US Department of Justice has announced in September bank of america credit card fraud telephone number that it will seek to impose a tougher law to combat overseas credit card trafficking. Authorities say the current statute is too weak because it allows people in other countries to avoid prosecution if they stay outside the United States when buying and selling the data and don't pass their illicit business through the U.S. The Department of Justice asks US Congress to amend the current law that would make it illegal for an international criminal to possess, buy or sell a stolen credit card issued by a U.S. bank independent of geographic location.[24]

      Cardholder liability[edit]

      In the US, federal law limits the liability of card holders to $50 in the event of theft of the actual credit card, regardless of the amount charged on the card, if reported within 60 days of receiving the statement.[25] In practice, many issuers will waive this small payment and simply remove the fraudulent charges from the customer's account if the customer signs an affidavit confirming that the charges are indeed fraudulent. If the physical card is not lost or stolen, but rather just the credit card account number itself is stolen, then federal law guarantees cardholders have zero liability to the credit card issuer.[26]

      United Kingdom[edit]

      In the UK, credit cards are regulated by the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (amended 2006). This provides a number of protections and requirements. Any misuse of the card, unless deliberately criminal on the part of the cardholder, must be refunded by great western trail card size merchant or card issuer.

      The regulation of banks in the United Kingdom is undertaken by the: Bank of England (BoE); Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) a division of the BoE; and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) who manages the day to day oversight. There is no specific legislation or regulation that governs the credit card industry. However the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) is the institution that all settlement members are a part of. The organisation works under the Banking Consolidation Directive to provide a means by which transactions can be monitored and regulated.[27]UK Finance is the association for the UK banking and financial services sector, representing more than 250 firms providing credit, banking and payment-related services.

      Australia[edit]

      A graph showing the number of victims and proportion of population or household affected by different offenses

      In Australia, credit card fraud is considered a form of ‘identity crime’. The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre has established standard definitions in relation to identity crime for use by law enforcement across Australia:

      • The term identity encompasses the identity of natural persons (living or deceased) and the identity of bodies corporate
      • Identity fabrication describes the creation of a fictitious identity
      • Identity manipulation describes the alteration of one's own identity
      • Identity theft describes the theft or assumption of a pre-existing identity (or significant part thereof), with or without consent and whether, in the case of an individual, the person is living or deceased
      • Identity crime is a generic term to describe activities/offences in which a perpetrator uses a fabricated identity, a manipulated identity, or a stolen/assumed identity to facilitate the commission of a crime(s).[28]

      Losses[edit]

      Estimates created by the Attorney-General's Department show that identity crime costs Australia upwards of $1.6 billion each year, with majority of about $900 million being lost by individuals through credit card fraud, identity theft and scams.[28] In 2015, the Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism, Michael Keenan, released the report Identity Crime and Misuse in Australia 2013–14. This report estimated that the total direct and indirect cost of identity crime was closer to $2 billion, which includes the direct and indirect losses experienced by government agencies and individuals, and the cost of identity crimes recorded by walmart money card number Liability[edit]

      The victim of credit card fraud in Australia, still in possession of the card, is not responsible for anything bought on it without their permission. However, this is subject to the terms and conditions of the account. If the card has been reported physically stolen or lost the cardholder is usually not responsible for any transactions not made by them, unless it can be shown that the cardholder acted dishonestly or without reasonable care.[28]

      Vendors vs merchants[edit]

      To prevent vendors being "charged back" for fraud transactions, merchants can sign up for services offered by Visa and MasterCard called Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode, under the umbrella term 3-D Secure. This requires consumers to add additional information to confirm a transaction.[citation needed]

      Often enough online merchants do not take adequate measures to protect their websites from fraud attacks, for example by being blind to sequencing. In contrast to more automated product transactions, a clerk overseeing "card present" authorization requests must approve the customer's removal of the goods from the premises in real time.[citation needed]

      If the merchant loses the payment, the fees for processing the payment, any currency conversion commissions, and the amount of the chargeback penalty. For obvious reasons, many merchants take steps to avoid chargebacks—such as not accepting suspicious transactions. This may spawn collateral damage, where the merchant additionally loses legitimate sales by incorrectly blocking legitimate transactions. Mail Order/Telephone Order (MOTO) merchants are implementing Agent-assisted automation which allows the call center agent to collect the credit card number and other personally identifiable information without ever seeing or hearing it. This greatly reduces the probability of chargebacks and increases the likelihood that fraudulent chargebacks will be overturned.[30]

      Famous credit fraud attacks[edit]

      Between July 2005 and mid-January 2007, a breach of systems at TJX Companies exposed data from more than 45.6 million credit cards. Albert Gonzalez is accused of being the ringleader of the group responsible for the thefts.[31] In August 2009 Gonzalez was also indicted for the biggest known credit card theft to date — information from more than 130 million credit and debit cards was stolen at Heartland Payment Systems, retailers 7-Eleven and Hannaford Brothers, and two unidentified companies.[32]

      In 2012, about 40 million sets of payment card information were compromised by a hack of Adobe Systems.[33] The information compromised included customer names, encrypted payment card numbers, expiration dates, and information relating to orders, Chief Security Officer Brad Arkin said.[34]

      In July 2013, press reports indicated four Russians and a Ukrainian were indicted in the U.S. state of New Jersey for what was called "the largest hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States."[35] Albert Gonzalez was also cited as a co-conspirator of the attack, which saw at least 160 million credit card losses and excess of $300 million in losses. The attack affected both American and European companies including Citigroup, Nasdaq OMX Group, PNC Financial Services Group, Visa licensee Visa Jordan, Carrefour, J. C. Penny and JetBlue Airways.[36]

      Between 27 November 2013 and 15 December 2013, a breach of systems at Target Corporation exposed data from about 40 million credit cards. The information stolen included names, account numbers, expiry dates, and card security codes.[37]

      From 16 July to 30 October 2013, a hacking attack compromised about a million sets of payment card data stored on computers at Neiman-Marcus.[33][38] A malware system, designed to hook into cash registers and monitor the credit card authorisation process (RAM-scraping malware), infiltrated Target's systems and exposed information from as many as 110 million customers.[39]

      On 8 September 2014, The Home Depot confirmed that their payment systems were compromised. They later released a statement saying that the hackers obtained a total of 56 million credit card numbers as a result of the breach.[40]

      On 15 May 2016, in a coordinated attack, a group of around 100 individuals used the data of 1600 South African credit cards to steal US$12.7 million from 1400 convenience stores in Tokyo within three hours. By acting on a Sunday and in another country than the bank which issued the cards, they are believed to have won enough time to leave Japan before the heist was discovered.[41]

      Countermeasures to combat card payment fraud[edit]

      Countermeasures to combat credit card fraud include the following.

      By Merchants[edit]

      By Card issuers[edit]

      • Fraud detection and prevention software[42][43][44][45] that analyzes patterns of normal and unusual behavior as well as individual transactions in order to flag likely fraud. Profiles include such information as IP address.[46] Technologies have existed since the early 1990s to detect potential fraud. One early market entrant was Falcon;[43] other leading software solutions for card fraud include Actimize, SAS, BAE Systems Detica, and IBM.
      • Fraud detection and response business processes such as:
        • Contacting the cardholder to request verification
        • Placing preventative controls/holds on accounts which may have been victimized
        • Blocking card until transactions are verified by bank of america credit card fraud telephone number fraudulent activity
      • Strong Authentication measures such as:
        • Multi-factor Authentication, verifying that the account is being accessed by the cardholder through requirement of additional information such as account number, PIN, ZIP, challenge questions
        • Multi possession-factor authentication, verifying that the account is being accessed by the cardholder through requirement of additional personal devices such as smart watch, smart phone challenge–response authentication[47]
        • Out-of-band Authentication,[48] first midwest bank gurnee that the transaction is being done by the cardholder through a "known" or "trusted" communication channel such as text message, phone call, or security token device
      • Industry collaboration and information sharing about known fraudsters and emerging threat vectors[49][50]

      By Banks/Financial Institutions[edit]

      • Internal self-banking area for the customer to carry out the transactions regardless of the weather conditions. The access door:
        • Identifies every cardholder that chase edmonds 24 access to the designated area
        • Increases protection for customers during self-service procedures
        • Protects the ATMs and banking assets against unauthorized usage
        • The protected area can also be monitored by the bank's CCTV system
        • Cards use CHIP identification (ex PASSCHIP [51]) to decrease the possibility of card skimming

      By Governmental and Regulatory Bodies[edit]

      • Enacting consumer protection laws related to card fraud
      • Performing regular examinations and risk assessments of credit card issuers[52]
      • Publishing standards, guidance, and guidelines for protecting cardholder information and monitoring for fraudulent activity[53]
      • Regulation, such as that introduced in the SEPA and EU28 by the European Central Bank's bank of america credit card fraud telephone number Pay'[54] requirements and the Payment Services Directive 2[55] legislation.

      By Cardholders[edit]

      • Reporting lost or stolen cards
      • Reviewing charges regularly and reporting unauthorized transactions immediately
      • Keeping a credit card within the cardholder's view at all times, such as in restaurants and taxis
      • Installing virus protection software on personal computers
      • Using caution when using credit cards for online purchases, especially on non-trusted websites
      • Keeping a record of account numbers, their expiration dates, and the phone number and address of each company in a secure place.[56]
      • Not sending credit card information by unencrypted email
      • Not keeping written PIN numbers with the credit card.

      Additional technological features[edit]

      See also[edit]

      References[edit]

      1. ^"Credit Card Fraud - Consumer Action"(PDF). Consumer Action. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
      2. ^"Official PCI Security Standards Council Site - Verify PCI Compliance, Download Data Security and Credit Card Security Standards". www.pcisecuritystandards.org. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
      3. ^"FRAUD THE FACTS 2019 - The definitive overview of payment industry fraud"(PDF). UK Finance.
      4. ^"Credit card fraud: the biggest card frauds in history". uSwitch. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
      5. ^"Court filings double estimate of TJX breach". 2007.
      6. ^Irby, LaToya. "9 Ways to Keep Credit Card Fraud From Happening to You". The Balance. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
      7. ^"Preventing payment fraud

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        How to report and protect yourself from credit card fraud

        Just as the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many consumers to do more of their shopping online, many shysters have switched to committing online credit card fraud.

        “Fraudsters adjust to the temporary new normal,” says Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center.

        The two most common types of credit card fraud are account takeover fraud, which involves fraudsters using your credit card number to purchase items, and new account fraud, in which they open new accounts in your name, says John Breyault, vice president of public policy, telecommunications and fraud at the National Consumers League.

        Account takeover fraud is “by far more prevalent,” Breyault says, because it’s easier to perpetrate.

        See related: Common identity theft techniques

        How do thieves commit credit card fraud?

        Bad guys can buy lists of credit card numbers on the dark web. The information may include card numbers, expiration dates and security codes.

        A study by the cybersecurity research firm Privacy Affairs found in October 2020 that account details for a credit card with a balance of up to $1,000 sold for $12 on the dark web, while a card with a balance of up to $5,000 sold for $20.

        Fraudsters will buy up thousands of credit card numbers and then open up Netflix and other similar accounts to test if the credit card information they received works, says Tina Eide, senior vice president of global fraud and credit bust out risk management for American Express.

        If the small transaction goes through, they’ll then use the card to purchase bigger-ticket items, Eide says.

        With new account fraud, the crooks will open up new credit card accounts in your name and ring up purchases, often using information obtained in data breaches and sold on the dark web, Eide says.

        See related: What to do if your personal information lands on the dark web

        How credit card fraudsters obtain your information

        Along with obtaining your information through data breaches, fraudsters can target you in various ways.

        One common way is skimming, in which they attach a device to a gas pump, bank ATM or in-store payment processing machine in order to steal your credit card information, says Kevin Roundy, technical director at NortonLifeLock Research Labs.

        Fraudsters also use phishing, in which they send emails with links or attachments. If you click on them, you might have malware loaded onto your computer, which is used to steal credit card information you type into online forms, Roundy says.

        The emails often look like they come from legitimate businesses, including ones with which you’ve done business, “so you’re inclined to pay attention to what it says,” Roundy warns.

        They also use “vishing,” or voice phishing, in which callers pretend to be with your financial institution and ask you to provide them with your credit card information in order to “confirm” your identity, Eide says.

        Another variation is “smishing,” in which fraudsters send you a text message trying to get you to click on a link and then use it to steal your information, she says.

        With the boom in online shopping since the pandemic began, crooks are using package delivery scams, Breyault. You’ll receive a text or email purporting to be from a company such as UPS or Amazon, saying they were unable to deliver your package.

        They will ask you to click a link and then try to obtain such information as your credit card number, bank of america credit card fraud telephone number account information or Social Security number, he says, then use the information to set up new accounts in your name.

        How to protect your credit card information online

        • When applying for or using a credit card online, always check for the browser’s “lock” icon, but understand that this only signifies a secure communication channel, not necessarily the legitimate website of your card issuer.
        • Maintain active, up-to-date antivirus and spyware protection software.
        • Keep your operating system and browser updated with the latest security patches.
        • Never share your credit card account password. Use a strong password and avoid writing it down. Change it periodically and don’t use the same password for other accounts.
        • Review your account activity regularly.

        How can credit card fraud affect your finances?

        If you fall victim to fraudsters, you’ll generally face zero credit card liability.

        Under the Truth in Lending Act, your liability for any unauthorized transaction before you report it is $50. But most card issuers will not hold you responsible for unauthorized transactions.

        However, “we all pay for credit card fraud whether we’re victims or not,” Breyault says. “The costs still have to be borne by someone.”

        Tip: You’re protected against fraudulent charges on both debit and credit cards. But credit card transactions are still safer since fraudsters won’t be able to gain access to the money in your checking account. Plus, certain credit cards come with added perks like purchase protection, which can give you a refund or replacement if an item you purchased was lost or stolen.

        That could mean merchants have to reimburse banks for the charges, the merchants have to pay fees to the bank or consumers pay higher credit card fees, such as for late payments.

        “It’s spread out across the entire ecosystem,” Breyault says.

        With new account fraud, you are likely to be unaware that a new credit card has been opened in your name.

        In that case, the crooks can run up credit card debt, and it can impact your credit report and credit score until you dispute the charges and it has been resolved, Breyault says.

        See related: How to dispute a credit card purchase

        How to protect your credit card information offline

        • Always sign the back of your credit card instead of writing “Check ID” or “See ID.”
        • Don’t provide your credit card information over the phone unless you have initiated the call or you trust the party or retailer.
        • Review receipts before signing and save them instead of throwing them away.
        • Shred receipts after you’ve reconciled your monthly billing statement.

        What to do if you’re a victim of credit card fraud

        If you spot fraudulent activity on your credit card, you should call the phone number on the back of your card to alert your financial institution, Velasquez says.

        Do the same if you’ve been sent a phishing email or smishing text and click the link that is included.

        The most important thing, Breyault says, is to “dispute anything that looks unusual, quickly.”

        Doing so will allow your card issuer to put a hold on your card or cancel your account, Roundy says.

        Credit card issuers themselves work hard to protect you from fraud and monitor your accounts for unusual activity.

        But with so many people’s lives disrupted during the pandemic and so many transactions taking place online, “it’s much more difficult to detect what is out of pattern,” Velasquez says. “Your behavior is part of the process, and everybody’s behavior changed.”

        Tip: Other steps you should consider if you’re a victim of credit card fraud include placing a fraud alert on your credit report, filing a police report and filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

        How to protect yourself from credit card fraud

        You at and t hours can take simple steps to protect yourself.

        • Roundy recommends reviewing your credit card statements and calling your issuer if any transaction looks unfamiliar. If you sign up for online statements, it will keep crooks from getting their hands on your discarded statements, he adds.
        • Check your credit reports regularly. You can order one free copy of wells fargo auto loan bill pay credit report from each of the three credit bureaus – Experian, Equifax and TransUnion each year at AnnualCreditReport.com, Roundy says. Then look for any new accounts that might have been opened in your name. Due to COVID-19, the bureaus are offering free credit reports each week through April 2021.
        • If your card issuer offers them, request a virtual credit card, which is good for a certain amount of time or for a particular merchant, Breyault says. That way if the number is compromised, the potential damage is minimized.
        • Velasquez recommends that you sign up for fraud alerts from your issuer, or you can receive alerts for any charges made to your card.

        Credit card fraud “continues to be a growing problem,” Velasquez says, and fraudsters are drawn to it “because the opportunity exists.”

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