Wednesday , January 17, 2018

Credit Cards

Customer Contact Centers Are the “Fraud-Enablement Channel,” Researcher Says

With the rollout of EMV chip cards in the United States shrinking opportunities for criminals to use counterfeit cards at the point of sale, fraud rings are turning their attention to customer-contact centers as a way to fraudulently order replacement credit and debit cards and take over consumer accounts. More …

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Retailers Are More Confident About Speedy Breach Detection, But Should They Be?

With data breaches continuing to plague the payments business, and with major incidents like that of Target Corp. still fresh in the minds of payments professionals, you might think retailers would be cautious these days about their ability to ward off attackers. Not so, according to survey data released Tuesday …

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Eye on Data Breaches: A ‘Scary’ Legal Standard; Details Released on the Coming PCI Update

As federal regulators increasingly zero in on data breaches, lawyers at a payments conference on Wednesday warned that organizations that suffer breaches are likely to have a tougher time avoiding legal liability in the years ahead. And the PCI Security Standards Council disclosed some of the major changes in its …

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PowaPOS Sold and other Digital Transactions News briefs

• SuperCom Ltd., an Israel-based identity-verification company, bought PowaPOS, the tablet-based point-of-sale unit of Powa Technologies Ltd., a commerce company that floundered. Powa’s two other units, PowaWeb and PowaTag, already have been sold. • American Express Co. reported $176.3 billion in U.S. card-billed business during the first quarter, up 4% from a …

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Visa Tweaks Chip Card Processing Protocol; Says EMV Debit Cards Now Surpass Their Credit Brethren

Many consumers and merchants adjusting to using newly-issued EMV credit and debit cards may undergo a perception versus reality check as Visa Inc. prepares to debut its Quick Chip for EMV program. Visa also provided updated chip card issuing and acceptance data. Announced Tuesday, the program enables consumers to remove …

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Bank of America Reports Big Growth in Mobile Payments and Deposits

  Mobile-wallet payments still account for less than 1% of Bank of America Corp.’s credit and debit card charge volume, but they are growing fast, as are mobile deposits, the nation’s second-largest bank reported Thursday. BofA’s mega-bank rivals JPMorgan Chase & Co. & Wells Fargo and Co. also reported growth …

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MasterCard Says EMV on Two-Thirds of Its Credit Cards And Accepted at 1.2 Million Locations

Six months after the U.S. payment card industry adopted EMV chip card transactions as the preferred card technology, MasterCard Inc. says 67% of U.S.-issued consumer credit cards bearing its mark have chips, and 1.2 million U.S. merchant locations now accept the card. The data comes six months after the Oct. …

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First Data CEO Pay Tops $51 Million and other Digital Transactions News briefs

• Braintree launched Braintree Auth as an invitation-only service in beta. The service streamlines integration of Braintree merchants with e-commerce platforms and eases the way for new payment methods enabled by Braintree, a unit of PayPal Holdings Inc. Braintree Auth currently processes payments on e-commerce platforms Bigcommerce, WooCommerce, and 3DCart. …

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After Years of Retreat, Payments Fraud Has Come Roaring Back, AFP Survey Shows

For years, the wave of fraud receded like an outgoing tide for companies that accepted electronic payments from consumers and other businesses. But last year, a tidal wave crashed on shore. Fully 73% of companies reported they had suffered actual or attempted payments fraud in 2015, up 11 percentage points …

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EMVCo Rolls Out Its PAR Data Element To Reduce Security Threats to Card Numbers

EMVCo, the chip card standards body owned by the world’s largest payment card networks, on Tuesday formally updated its tokenization specification to include the new Payment Account Reference data element. The purpose of PAR is to match tokens to the underlying primary account number of a credit or debit card …

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