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Latest Card Not Present fraud figures may not tell the whole story

The 3rd Man : 20 March, 2009  (Company News)
Fraud prevention specialists, the 3rd Man, is questioning the latest fraud figures released by APACS, particularly as the losses announced need to include fraudulent transactions on non-UK issued cards, and this is not clear.
The APACS figures show that the annual level of Card Not Present fraud in the UK has risen once again, increasing from £290.5 million in 2007 to £328.40m in 2008, a jump of 13 percent. Card Not Present fraud, which includes phone, Internet and mail order fraud, now accounts for 54 percent of all card fraud losses, according to APACS. From 2001 to 2008, Card Not Present Fraud losses have risen by a massive 243 percent.

APACS noted that tackling this fraud is a priority, "and it should be," said Paul Simms, fraud expert and Managing Director of the 3rd Man, "given that businesses are losing millions of pounds each year and this cost inevitably is being passed on to consumers whose pockets are being hit from every angle."

This picture of fraud does not capture the number of attempted Card Not Present frauds which are actually much higher than these official statistics show. "It is also important to note that more businesses are now actually protecting themselves better than ever, working together in partnership through shared data schemes," said Paul Simms. "Retailer initiatives are preventing hundreds of million pounds of attempted frauds. The rate of prevention is far in excess of the announced figures and consumers should be reassured that the Internet is a safe place to shop and continues to make significant progress".

"It is only those businesses who are failing to take suitable precautions which are being worst hit."

The 3rd Man has pioneered a scheme whereby any attempted frauds detected by its systems are made available to banks. This information assists banks in early detection, however it is clear from the trend that although such fraud prevention is a 'priority', the trouble is that it appears to be a 'low priority'.

"Chip and PIN has been rolled out and it has been a great success," said Simms, "however the same level of effort must now be focused on CNP fraud. This can be achieved by having everyone working together and building on progress made."
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