SHAZAM's taking the fight to the fraudsters in 3 ways
posted by Mike Burke on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in SHAZAM Blog
When I’m out talking to financial institutions, the one issue that always comes up as a huge pain point is fraud. Fraud is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. I say industry because that’s what it is. For the most part, people perpetrating these crimes aren’t operating alone. Many times, the fraud is carried out by organized criminal groups.
The size and scale of the organizations behind fraud demand a comprehensive response. While the technologies to fight fraud continue to improve, so do the tactics fraudsters use. It’s an ongoing battle — that’s why at SHAZAM we’ve taken a more holistic, broader approach to fighting fraud.
Advocating for stronger penalties
Fraudsters don’t operate in just one community or one state. Many times, a type of fraud will move from one region of the country to another, like a malignant wave. For that reason, we’ve engaged policymakers at both the state and federal levels to develop an overarching set of security standards. We believe mutually agreed upon, third party standards will lead to stronger user authentication and increased innovation in security technology. We’ve consulted with state lawmakers nationwide to help craft legislation with stiff penalties for crimes like skimming and card cloning. When stronger penalties are in place, criminals know there’ll be consequences if they’re caught.
Building communities against fraud
Penalties and policies are only good if the communities they protect are educated. Across the country SHAZAM is partnering with financial institutions, prosecutors and law enforcement to share information and educate. We’ve developed curriculum to teach law enforcement how to spot fraud, what kind of evidence they need to convict and how to partner with our financial institutions to share compromised card information. SHAZAM financial institutions are leading the way in their own communities by inviting SHAZAM experts to educate local businesses on how to keep cardholder information safe.
Finally, we know one of the best tools in the fight against fraud is educated and aware cardholders. That’s why we provide our institutions with simple information on what to look for when using a card at an ATM, inside a business or at an automated fuel pump.
Additionally, we regularly share fraud education and scam alerts on our social media channels. Follow us and share this information on your social media profiles. This effort multiplies the number of eyes looking for signs of compromise.
The fight against fraud requires collaboration. No one party is responsible for securing a transaction. All the players, from merchants to card-issuing financial institutions, are paying a high a price for fraud. By engaging everyone, including cardholders and elected officials, SHAZAM’s working to take the fight to the fraudsters.
About the Author
Mike Burke is a veteran law enforcement professional with experience in criminal justice instruction, homeland security and fraud investigation. He guides SHAZAM clients to enhance their security measures and ensure regulatory compliance.
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