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Stephanie Cho

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Why Hacks like the Equifax Hack Mean Identity Authentication is More Important Than Ever

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 11:44 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Equifax Hack: The Facts
How Criminals Can Use This Stolen Data
Identity Authentication: Protection from the Equifax Fallout
Was Your Information Compromised in the Equifax Hack?
What to do if your Information was Compromised

Topics: counterfeit fraud prevention, hack, data breach, identity authentication, equifax

How to Authenticate Older Banknotes

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

Image of a Series 1928 Federal Reserve Note

TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Brief Background on U.S. Currency
What are Older Banknotes?
How do Newer Banknotes Differ?
The Four Steps You Must Do To Authenticate Older Banknotes
Design Features of Older Banknotes

Topics: counterfeit money, old money, counterfeit money detection

Counterfeit Money Detection 101

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 03:23 PM

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Why You Need to be Vigilant about Checking Money
Naked Eye vs. Counterfeit Detectors
Naked Eye Counterfeit Money Detection Methods
Counterfeit Detector Types

Topics: counterfeit money, counterfeit fraud prevention, counterfeit money detectors, fraud prevention

Why New Account Fraud's Financial Mayhem Will Only Get Worse

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is New Account Fraud?
New Account Fraud Stats
The Link between Identity Theft and New Account Fraud
Why New Account Fraud is so Attractive to Criminals
Why New Account Fraud is Difficult to Detect
New Account Fraud Prevention Tips

Topics: identity theft, fraud, application fraud, data breach, new account fraud

The Next Big Wave of Fraud: Card Shimming

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 08:33 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is Card Shimming?
Card Shimming vs. Card Skimming
What are CVVs?
Why Cards are Skimmed
Why Cards are Shimmed
Why Card Shimming is a Bigger Problem than Card Skimming
How to Protect Yourself from Card Shimming

Topics: credit card fraud, debit card fraud, skimming, credit card skimming, atm skimming, card shimming, atm shimming, shimmer, card skimming, skimmer, atm shimmer

The Troubling Pervasiveness of Return Fraud - and What You Can Do About It

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 @ 09:34 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is Return Fraud?
Return Fraud Statistics
Why is Return Fraud such a Problem?
How to Prevent Return Fraud

Topics: retail fraud, fraud prevention, fraud, holiday season, return fraud

The Holidays, Retail, and Fraud

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Consumer Behavior during the Holidays
Holiday 2015 Retail Stats Review
Holiday 2016 Retail Forecast
Holiday Fraud Issues
Holiday Fraud Prevention Tips

Topics: retail fraud, fraud, holiday season, cnp fraud

The Biggest Bust of Bad Bucks: $30 Million in Counterfeit Dollars Seized in Peru

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 @ 10:58 AM

On November 17, U.S. Secret Service revealed that $30 million in counterfeit money had been uncovered and seized in Peru on November 15. This is quite the historical counterfeit money bust: it is the largest amount of counterfeit money ever seized by the Secret Service.

Topics: counterfeit news, counterfeit money, peru, secret service

Card Skimming 101

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 03:34 PM

Traditionally, “skimming” meant secretly taking small amounts of money from a larger amount of money, such as taking a couple of dollars from the cash register when the boss wasn’t looking. But today, skimming colloquially refers to card skimming.

Topics: credit card fraud, debit card fraud, skimming, credit card skimming, atm skimming

EMV: Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 @ 03:01 PM

October 1, 2016 was the first anniversary of EMV’s adoption by the United States. Businesses who have not yet adopted the EMV standard are exposed to the fraud liability shift imposed by the standard.

Topics: credit card fraud, fraud liability shift, emv, credit card, chip card