Rippleshot Blog

Synthetic Identity Fraud: 'A Problem For Years To Come'

Posted by Anna Kragie on 23, May, 18

When Forbes published an article titled: "The battle against synthetic identity fraud is just beginning," it was clear this problem was becoming a widespread issue for financial institutions.

The past few years the chatter about credit card fraud has been all about the major data breaches at retail stores. The Equifax breach happened and the conversations began to evolve. It was reported that 145 million social security numbers, along with 209,000 credit card details were breached. Not to mention the millions of other sensitive personal details that were leaked. The chatter about synthetic identity fraud quickly gained traction.

Here at Rippleshot, this has been a topic we've been busy tracking. Recently, Our Co-Founder Canh Tran was at Trellance's Immersion 18 conference where he was interviewed for BIG Fintech's latest podcast. Tran dove into the latest Synthetic Fraud trends, and explained why this problem isn't going away anytime soon.

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Topics: Fraud

Fiserv and Rippleshot Announce Card Fraud Detection Partnership

Posted by Anna Kragie on 7, May, 18

Fiserv, a global provider of financial services technology solutions, announced its partnership with Rippleshot to offer Card Risk Office℠ Fraud Warning, an early breach detection solution that allows financial institutions to identify potential fraud events 30-60 days prior to network alerts.

"Card fraud is a complex and ever-changing problem that demands a collaborative and proactive approach to tackle it effectively, so that cardholders can feel secure about the financial information they are using, storing or transacting with," said Canh Tran, Rippleshot Co-Founder. "We are excited to partner with Fiserv, a fintech leader that shares our passion and expertise when it comes to fraud-fighting technologies."

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Topics: Fraud

Payment Fraud Data: Shifting Trends and Rising Problems

Posted by Anna Kragie on 27, Apr, 18

Across the payments ecosystem, fraud continues to be the increasingly complex and expensive problem that all financial institutions are attempting to tackle. To understand how payment fraud is evolving, FIs must identify the origin of the problem itself. 

A new report by Javelin dove into leading card fraud trends, the greatest threats to financial institutions and what strategies can help curb the rise of payment fraud. The report highlighted some core issues in the payment ecosystem and how these problems have transformed over the past year.

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Topics: Fraud

Credit Card Fraud Schemes in the News

Posted by Anna Kragie on 13, Apr, 18

There’s never quite a dull moment in the world of credit card fraud, which was the case this week in the mainstream news cycle. With topics like “chip card scheme,” “fake fraud alerts” and “card shimming scam” in the headlines, it’s easy to see why banks are rushing to implement better, faster fraud detection solutions.

That was just a sliver of what made the headlines in the world of payment card fraud news this week. We’ve taken a deeper dive into the reports that surfaced, and have explored why these problems keep showing back up in the mainstream news cycle.

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Topics: Fraud

Synthetic Identity Fraud Data: Why Financial Institutions Should Care

Posted by Anna Kragie on 30, Mar, 18

Synthetic fraud isn’t a new phenomenon, but with an increase of incidents across the fraud ecosystem — from credit card fraud to identity theft — this problem isn’t going away anytime soon.

In fact, it’s estimated that Synthetic ID fraud accounts for 85% of all identity fraud in the U.S., and continues to rise annually. A report from TransUnion reported that between 2016’s Q4 and 2017’s Q4, suspected synthetic fraud balances rose 5.2%. Collectively, this has become a $290 million problem.

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Topics: Fraud

Financial Institution Regulation: What's Happening in Washington?

Posted by Anna Kragie on 16, Mar, 18

It’s been a busy week in the world of financial institution regulation as headlines about Dodd-Frank, the Equifax breach, credit freezes and data security stole the spotlight. While these four topics have been at the forefront of the news cycle for many months, each of them found their way into the top news items.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s been happening in Washington, and how it may impact the world of financial services.

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Topics: Regulation

ATM Debit Card Fraud Data: 10 Percent Increase In 2017

Posted by Anna Kragie on 9, Mar, 18

It’s no surprise that debit card fraud is on the rise, but what’s noteworthy is the rate at which this figure is increasing.

New data from FICO indicates the number of debit cards compromised in 2017 increased 10 percent from 2016. This figure refers to debit cards used at U.S. ATMs and merchant card readers. Compromises of ATMs and merchant devices rose 8 percent in the same time period.

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Topics: Fraud

Equifax Breach Scope Grows By 2.4 Million Consumers

Posted by Anna Kragie on 2, Mar, 18

When a data breach occurs, the full impact of the incident usually takes a few months to realize the potential impact. This has certainly been the case for the Equifax breach that was first discovered last summer. This week, the credit reporting agency announced that another 2.4 millions Americans were discovered to have been impacted by last year’s breach.

This is the second time the company has announced more affected consumers, bringing the estimated total impacted to roughly 147.9 million Americans. This is the largest data breach of personal information to date.

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Topics: Fraud, Cybersecurity

Inside Synthetic Identity Fraud: Today’s Big Threat

Posted by Anna Kragie on 23, Feb, 18

Since the fallout of the Equifax breach, the chatter in the financial services industry has been all about identity fraud. The same sentiment was echoed in a recent study by Javelin.

According to that study, for the first year ever, data breaches compromised more Social Security Numbers than credit card numbers. SSNs accounted for 35 percent, while credit card numbers rang in at 30 percent in breaches. The reason for this shift was attributed to the Equifax breach.

As predicted, with fraudsters’ techniques getting smarter, they are adapting quickly to different types of fraud. The big concern in the financial world around identity theft is the ability to commit synthetic identity fraud.

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Topics: Fraud

Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft: Which States Are Most ‘At Risk’?

Posted by Anna Kragie on 15, Feb, 18

While the Equifax breach has dominated headlines about fears over credit card fraud and identity theft, there are many less widely-reported incidents that occur on a much more regular basis.

The real impact of financial fraud is its long-lasting effect once a consumer’s personal credentials are compromised. From tracking down where and when the fraud occurred, how much damage was done, and what other records may have been breached, credit card fraud presents plenty of expensive headaches for both cardholders and issuers.

But where do the most credit card and identity theft risks exist? A new report from Reward Expert analyzed data from the the  the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Report and complaints filed with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau to determine which states are considered the most ‘at-risk’ for these types of fraud. Here’s what the report concluded.

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