Two fraud suspects had the perfect scheme, skimming payment card numbers at local gas pumps and then using counterfeit cards to buy more than $70,000 worth of goods at area merchants. But then they got greedy.
ID theft expert Joanna Crane wonders whether banks, government agencies and healthcare providers do enough to assist consumers with ID theft recovery, saying consumer expectations are often loftier than what's being done to meet the demand.
Occupy supporters plan today to protest at several banks' headquarters in NYC. Coming on the heels of cyberattacks that targeted police in Boston, how worried should banks be about growing physical threats and cyberattacks waged by Occupy sympathizers?
What fraud and security issues does Paul Smocer, the new president of BITS, see as being top concerns in the coming year? Mobile payments, social media, and a strong need for institutions and organizations to comply with existing guidance top the list.
A Pasco County, Fla., man has been charged for his involvement in a summer skimming spree that targeted Bank of America ATMs. Why do authorities believe he likely has connections to an international crime ring?
Skimming incidents at bank branch ATMs and vestibules are adding up to huge losses. One bank says it could easily lose $50,000 over one weekend at a single ATM. So, what can institutions do to deter and detect skimmers?
These arrests also highlight the U.S. vulnerability to crimes involving payment cards with magnetic stripes. "The U.S. is a criminal's playground right now," says John Buzzard of FICO Card Alert Service.
"Organizations are putting in layers of security and tools to safeguard information and assets, however, the fraudsters are attacking our weakest link, the consumer," says Anthony Vitale of Patelco Credit Union.
A California judge handed down a 12-year prison sentence to a phisher who stole financial details from more than 38,000 online accountholders. Observers say the sentence signals a changing attitude about the severity of cybercrimes.
Corporate account takeover events are reigniting the debate between banks and their former commercial customers, about everything from fraud liability and the "good faith" standard to commercially reasonable security.
The Fed's ruling on interchange, mandated by the Durbin amendment, offers financial incentives for fraud-prevention investments and could fuel a U.S. move toward new card-payment technologies, like EMV.
Some 200 people have reported fraudulent debit and credit transactions hitting their accounts after dining at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant in Texas. Investigators believe a third-party vendor may have been hacked.