Retailers are on course to lose more than $70 billion globally to remote “card-not present” (CNP) fraud over the next five years. Despite this fact, retail managers of both large and small operations are under the financially fatal impression that fraud prevention is too costly.
Mobile Identity Authentication
Many potential business-cases point to the desire to have an identity authentication solution available as a mobile application on a smart phone or tablet. In some cases, it simply isn’t feasible to have a stationary device, tethered to a PC, available at the location where authentications must occur. In other cases, it may be desirous to have a client that is not in your physical store or branch location conduct an identity authentication wherever they are – which might be in their home, at a hotel, or even walking on the street.
Identity fraud is rampant. Just perform a Google search on the term and the evidence to support this statement is clearly visible. You will find dozens of news stories every day. Government websites from all over the globe warning its citizens of the dangers of having their identities stolen. Paid advertisements from companies offering the latest solutions. Wikipedia sites, and more.
Earlier this year, a car salesman in Houston was kidnapped while taking a prospective client on a test-drive. The gory details include being beaten and thrown in the trunk of the car. Only through remarkable good fortune did he get away with only bruises.