5 best practices for fighting fraud
posted by Liz Little (Retired) on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in SHAZAM Blog
Fraud trends are ever-growing and ever-changing. Just when we have a handle on a current trend, a new one emerges. It’s important to be as vigilant as possible in identifying new trends, while at the same time not impacting your cardholders’ valid purchases.
Implement these best practices at your financial institution to help identify fraud incidents and reduce losses.
1. Implement a fraud detection service
Secure a 24/7 service that reviews all transaction activity and either declines suspicious transactions, creates cases or both. Educate your cardholders to use their PIN whenever possible to reduce red flags on valid purchases.
2. Encourage cardholders to set alerts through mobile channels
Cardholders can use mobile banking applications to set alerts for specific transaction activity. If they receive an alert for a transaction they didn’t make, they can immediately restrict their card.
3. Provide a 24/7 phone number to report fraud or lost/stolen cards
Giving cardholders a 24/7 phone number to report a card that’s lost or stolen or if they’ve identified fraud is important. Suspected fraud can be reported immediately, and the card can be turned off.
4. Join — or start — a local fraud group
As a member of a local fraud group, you can network with local merchants, law enforcement and other financial institutions to learn of others’ experiences, share tips and hear about possible scams. If your community doesn’t have a local fraud group, start one.
5. Keep daily limits low, but manageable
Having extremely high daily limits puts you at risk for large losses. Most cardholders, even if they use their card every day, do not spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a daily basis, but the fraudsters will! Keep limits low, but manageable for cardholders.
With more and more payment options, the potential for fraud increases. By educating your cardholders and staff, together we can stay ahead of fraud and lower your risk.
About the Author
Liz Little works alongside banks and credit unions to help them effectively manage fraud preventative techniques. By researching the latest fraud trends in the EFT industry, she can guide SHAZAM participants with strategies to prevent fraud and mitigate risk.
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