Fraud Prevention Blog

The Equifax Data Breach and your Loss Prevention Operation

Posted by Sean Trundy on Mon, Oct 02, 2017 @ 08:56 AM

How the release of personally identifying information (PII) of nearly half the US population should change your approach to preventing fraud losses at your business

Earlier this month, an absolute bombshell announcement was made by Equifax – one of the three major credit scoring bureaus in the United States.

“We identified a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files. ”
– Equifax

Topics: identity theft, data breach, identity authentication, identity fraud, equifax

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

Each New Data Breach Leads to Higher Account Take-Over Losses

Posted by Sean Trundy on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Common ATO Attack Targets
Millennials Seriously Question what Large Institutions Say
Millennials Expect Digital Services – Prefer Mobile

Topics: identity theft, fraud, account takeover fraud, data breach, identity fraud, account takeover

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

Why Identity Theft is More Problematic Than Ever

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 @ 01:42 PM

If preliminary estimates hold steady, the amount of fraud victims and the total amount lost to fraud in 2015 is virtually indistinguishable to the amount of fraud victims and the total amount lost to fraud in 2014. While it’s good to know that the rate of and the amount lost to fraud has not increased, it is actually quite worrisome that fraud figures have not decreased from 2014 to 2015.

Topics: identity theft, tax fraud, fraud, emv, data breach, new account fraud

10 of the Biggest Data Breaches of 2015

Posted by Stephanie Cho on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ve probably noticed something: the rapid rise of data breaches. As the world becomes more and more interconnected and technology-dependent, more and more data is being stored online rather than the traditional method of filing away all the data on paper in file cabinets. While having an online database can exponentially streamline processes and therefore save businesses time and money, it can also open up businesses to security breaches by virtually anyone from anywhere in the world.

Before EMV became the standard in the United States, data thieves set their sights on payment card information: credit/debit card numbers along with the account owner’s name and billing address. However, thanks to the beefed-up security protocols provided by the EMV standard, thieves are finding it harder to create fraudulent payment cards that work and are now going after the data needed to create fraudulent payment cards and other financial channels, such as mortgage loans.

While it’s a bit of a relief that actual payment card numbers seem to be safer than in the past, the landscape of data theft is much more treacherous – the thieves are now targeting data that can compromise your entire identity. Now, if your any of your data gets stolen in a data breach, you can’t resolve the issue by simply canceling whichever payment card was compromised since thieves can open new payment cards in your name. Now, you have to monitor your credit report for years after the breach and spend a great deal of your time reclaiming your identity in the event it is used fraudulently in any way.

The following is a list of the ten biggest data breaches in 2015. It is worth noting that these may not actually be the biggest breaches since organizations who have suffered data breaches often do not disclose how many records were affected; the list is composed of organizations who have released the amount of records that were affected.

Topics: identity theft, fraud, hack, data breach