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The digital payments ecosystem is a complex, interconnected and ever-changing network that is exploited by criminals but can also be leveraged by risk professionals to defeat them. Merchant fraud is…

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At last month’s American Banker’s Association Money Laundering Enforcement Conference in Washington, DC, I attended a session where a representative from the OCC discussed the most common gaps in financial institutions’ BSA/AML programs that led to

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Excellent MAC Midwest Training Event in Dallas on October 1, 2015! The program featured experts from across the industry on topics ranging from EMV to new trends in fraud.

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Today’s regulatory environment is uncertain and difficult to navigate. The risk factors for ACH/Check Processing are unique compared to those for credit card processing. As such, it is important to understand those differences and how to best manage your portfolio risk with thorough due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Additionally, banks are facing…

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Operation Choke Point has produced a spike in activity, with last week yielding two major settlements totaling over $6 million after a year of relative calm. As a result, G2 is reprising our 10 Steps guide for avoiding the unlawful activity that got the two defendant banks in trouble.

Recent headlines from CommerceWest Bank and Plaza Bank continue to underscore the need for a strong due diligence process when managing relationships with merchants and TPPPs. Although both cases involve complicity in fraud, they do highlight the consequences of being involved with such acts as well as how to avoid suspicions of impropriety. In the case of CommerceWest Bank, the pleading outlines several steps to ensure the bank is not abetting consumer fraud by taking precautions when working with payment processor customers including…

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At the IAFCI conference in Phoenix, Rayleen Pirniv (EPCOR) and Jeanette Fox (NACHA) stated a main difference between credit card networks and the ACH:

“Unlike Credit Card processors, the ACH has no prohibited business types.”

What exactly does that mean for you?
Like a pebble in a pond, the ripple effect of a bad third party can always be traced back to the source.

Every year, over 18 billion transactions representing $40 trillion in volume, flow through the ACH network. This is far more than the card networks – and with the mandatory EMV adoption in 2015 – we expect to see even more fraudsters transition their activities from credit card to the ACH network. With the proper due diligence and monitoring, much of this fraud can be prevented.

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Using FraudFile – G2’s innovative fraud prevention tool for boarding and due diligence – a G2 Web Services client identified 54 merchants who had previously been terminated for fraudulent activity, were operating additional active accounts in their portfolio.

These 54 merchants represented more than $1 million dollars in previous fraud loss.

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