Visa is helping U.S. fuel retailers prevent credit and debit card fraud at the pump with intelligent analytics that identify higher-risk transactions that may be fraudulent. While global fraud rates across the Visa payment system remain near historic lows, fuel pumps can be targets for criminals because they are often self-service terminals. The Visa Transaction Advisor (VTA) lets merchants use real-time authorization risk scores to identify transactions that could involve lost, stolen or counterfeit cards. Visa analyzes multiple data sets such as past transactions, whether the account has been involved in a data compromise, and nearly 500 other pieces of data to create a risk score. This allows merchants to identify those transactions with a higher risk of fraud and perform further cardholder authentication before gas is pumped.
Barclays, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Fiserv, and PayPal are experimenting to demonstrate that wearables such as Google Glass and smartwatches can deliver financial alerts, pay for goods and services, and give consumers greater digital control over their finances.
Consumers have become increasingly comfortable using their smartphones for bill payments and other financial transactions, and experts predict that mobile devices are well on their way to becoming a primary tool for managing banking relationships. What the future landscape of mobile payments will look like, however, remains unclear – particularly in the area of mobile payments to merchants and retailers.
A new app allows Minnesota Twins employees to scan an applicant’s driver’s license to fill in much of what’s needed to apply for the Minnesota Twins Rewards MasterCard, which is issued by U.S. Bank. The new app is powered by Mitek.
The FTC says the I Works credit card processing deception took in more than $26 million in illegal credit and debit card payments through the Visa and MasterCard payment networks. Three of the defendants have agreed to settle the FTC’s charges.
Bindo retail technology announced the launch of a mobile EMV credit card reader for its cloud-based iPad POS. The EMV reader has full end-to-end encryption with its iPad POS system and is both EMV Level 1 and Level 2 certified. It slots comfortably into the audiojack of an iPhone or an iPad, and allows mobile credit card payment acceptance. Bindo’s system encrypts and tokenizes cardholder data at the point of capture and its Tamper-Safe security module (TSSM) helps prevent third party brute force attacks. The card reader will continue to support dual and triple track card reading. Others in the industry have announced EMV chip readers. Unlike competitors, however, Bindo’s mobile card reader will be able to process both chip-and-signature cards and chip-and-pin cards, enabling EMV debit card transactions, reducing the need for merchants to carry multiple terminals.
Transaction processing specialist Ecentric Payment Systems is boosting the performance and security of transactions by implementing hardware encryption devices supplied by Stanchion Payment Systems.The Futurex devices are unseen to the general public, yet perform an essential function every time a credit, debit or other card is used: they make sure the information exchanged between point of sale, bank and customer account is completely secure. Ecentric Payment Systems is a transaction processing business which processes all card transactions and other payments.
Smaller companies aim to tap into rebate/reward commercial payment cards. New research shows regional and second tier issuers don’t have deep enough pockets to be able offer smaller programs cash incentives for spend. This has caused a resurgence of commercial card rewards.
Discover leads the charge in the year-on-year growth of cash dollar volume gains, rising more than 14% in the second quarter. Americans are now making approximately $820 billion in annual payment card cash transactions through the four U.S. networks.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Target announced 2Q/14 expectations are projected to include gross expenses of $148 million, partially offset by a $38 million insurance receivable, related to the December 2013 data breach. The Company provided an estimate of costs related to its recently-completed early debt retirement and updated expectations for second-quarter Adjusted1 and GAAP earnings…
Digital River exceeds expectations in the second quarter, continuing to post strong revenue growth. The Company projects third quarter revenue to range between $87 and $90 million. For the full year the Company projects updated revenue to range from $375 to $382 million.
Global Payments payment solutions has signed a referral agreement with BitPay bitcoin digital currency. This allows Global Payments to incorporate the cryptocurrency into its product suite and to offer bitcoin payment acceptance to its worldwide merchants. The cross-border demands of global merchants all bitcoin acceptance to reach more customers in more markets, particularly in fledgling economies.