Robert McKinley, Senior Analyst/Editor Robert McKinley, with 33 years experience covering payment cards and payment systems, is Senior Analyst/Editor for CardFlash and other payments-related publications. He is the retired founder and chief executive of RAM Research, CardWeb and CardTrak. McKinley served as an expert witness in 100+ litigations including two multi-$billion trials, testified before the U.S. Congress, chaired multiple payments conferences, hired as consultant by Fortune 100 companies and several overseas financial institutions. Full Bio: www.rbm4.com

Western Union Partners Against Scamsters

Western Union and Better Business Bureau launched BBB Scam Stopper to help consumers reduce their chances of becoming a victim of common scams. In conjunction, the partnership is advising consumers It’s best always to donate to a charity directly after confirming its legitimacy – rather than giving in response to a phone call or by clicking an email link. Never send a money transfer to an individual for a charity. Western Union does accept donations for charities, but the money transfer must be sent to the organization, not to an individual. Never share banking or credit card information with a person or business you don’t actually know. Never click on links to charities on unfamiliar websites or in texts or emails. These may take you to a lookalike website where you will be asked to provide personal financial information or to click on something that downloads harmful malware into your computer.

Bank of China Inks NCR ATM Software Partnership

NCR Corporation announced that it has been awarded professional service contracts from Bank of China to develop new automated teller machine (“ATM”) applications running on the bank’s multivendor software platform, NCR APTRA Edge, to support the bank’s initiative in implementing paperless ATM transaction flow and its Financial Integrated Circuit Card (“IC”) 5.0 project. The Bank of China’s ATM network went live with the NCR APTRA Edge platform last year and most applications on its ATM network have completed the initial phase migration process to be compliant with EMV1 (PBOC 2.02) standards. As part of the project, NCR will provide software application development, system analysis, support services and related training programs. In line with the new market demand for smart cards, Bank of China also is kicking off a Financial IC Card 5.0 project to enhance its IC card product features and business process.

Vivo implements Gemalto NFC Solution

Vivo implemented Gemalto digital security to provide the TSM (Trusted Service Manager) platform, allowing it to offer m-payment products with NFC adding mobility, security and convenience for its users. With the solution in place and together with Gemalto’s UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM cards, Vivo will be able to expand its product portfolio for m-payments, offering services to mobile customers including contactless payments, transit ticketing and financial transactions between users of the solution. The development and delivery of financial products and services represents the company’s firm commitment to grow and strengthen its operations beyond connectivity, adding a new option for customers as well as for those who want to start or intensify contact with connectivity technologies.

WorldPay Partners Lycamobile Prepaid

Lycamobile Group prepaid international calling cards selected WorldPay payment processing, risk and alternative payments, to execute its end-to-end payment services including acquiring, gateway, risk, treasury and alternative payments to support its global payment requirements. Previously, Lycamobile Group used a number of payment providers for acquiring, gateway, risk and treasury but the company chose to consolidate and select a payment partner that could offer the full breadth of services and support the company as it expands globally. WorldPay was selected due to its expertise in e-commerce, its global reach and the range of payment services it can provide. Lycamobile Group’s customer base spans across the Asian, African and South American communities that live abroad and the business has ambitious plans to expand globally, offering more services that will benefit its customer base.

U.S. Prime Credit Card Chargeoffs Drop 7th Consecutive Month

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Prime charge-offs are anticipated to decline for the seventh straight month to the lowest observation in the near 23-year history of the index. The previous record low for charge-offs was 3.10% set in March of 2006, but are anticipated to end 2013 in the 3.0%-3.3% range. Fitch’s preliminary Prime Monthly Payment…

PayPal Adds PrePaid GiftCard Support

A recent PayPal usability study shows only 1 person out of every 4 was able to register their billing address and complete an online purchase successfully. Subsequently, PayPal is launching its patent-pending method to allow the usage of prepaid gift cards so that you can seamlessly apply them to the purchase of products and services anywhere PayPal is accepted. As long as the merchants a user is shopping with accept PayPal, they now have buying power on top of their existing debit, credit cards or banks.

Servebase Appoints New COO

Servebase has appointed Mike Day, as Chief Operating Officer and Hiten Patel as Head of Finance, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience in delivering technology services in many sectors including Telecoms and Financial Services. Specialising in the delivery of excellent service and business operations success in Pan-European and US operations in mission critical/ high availability environments. Hiten, an experienced finance professional brings a particular expertise in leading financial strategies to facilitate the company’s growth plans. Hiten’s role is to look at systems and processes throughout the organization with a view to unifying the business. Hiten is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in senior financial roles having previously held finance directorships roles is some of the fastest growing technology businesses in the UK.

Hang Seng Bank Extends mNFC Offering

Hang Seng has now teamed up with Hong Kong’s major telecommunications companies to offer more customers the convenience of using its high-tech contactless payment channel. The Service will be available to SmarTone customers from the first quarter of 2014. Participating customers can use designated NFC- enabled mobile phones to make payments through MasterCard PayPass terminals at over 3,000 merchant outlets in Hong Kong. To activate the Service, customers can visit any SmarTone shop to obtain an NFC SIM card at no charge. After downloading the ‘Hang Seng Mobile Payment App’ from the Google Play Store to an NFC – enabled smartphone, they can then download their Hang Seng Mobile Credit Cards and use the phone to make payments. The entire payment process is encrypted to help ensure a high level of security. Customers can also opt to enter a password each time they make a payment and check their 20 most recent transaction records on their phone. Should any participating customer lose their mobile phone, they can call Hang Seng or their telecommunications service provider to immediately suspend the Service.

Netcall Cloud Payments PCI DSS Level 1-Certified

Netcall customer engagement software achieved accreditation as a PCI DSS Level 1 accredited Service Provider for its cloud based payments solution. This payment service has been successfully deployed at one of the UK’s major mobile operators and is now generally available to customers via our cloud platform. Netcall’s premise based platform has also achieved PA-DSS accreditation for its payment application. This means that customers can select an accredited payment solution from Netcall, whether they are seeking deployment on premise or via the cloud, and in both instances be assured that the solution meets the highest levels of accreditation. In addition to providing the comfort of secure payments , both solutions helps customers reduce the need for lengthy and costly audits as well as upgrades to their own internal infrastructure and procedures.

Bank of China Deploys NCR ATM Software App

NCR Corporation announced that it has been awarded professional service contracts from Bank of China to develop new automated teller machine (“ATM”) applications running on the bank’s multivendor software platform, NCR APTRA Edge, to support the bank’s initiative in implementing paperless ATM transaction flow and its Financial Integrated Circuit Card (“IC”) 5.0 project. The Bank of China’s ATM network went live with the NCR APTRA Edge platform last year and most applications on its ATM network have completed the initial phase migration process to be compliant with EMV1 (PBOC 2.02) standards. As part of the project, NCR will provide software application development, system analysis, support services and related training programs. The ATM paperless transaction flow project aims to reduce operating costs and improve ATM service availability. The traditional ATM transaction journal printing in paper will be replaced by paperless, electronically generated transaction journals.

Visa V.me Deploys Across Western Europe

V.me by Visa pan-European digital wallet service is now live in the UK, France, Spain and Poland. The UK’s Nationwide Building Society is joined by leading issuers BPCE and LCL in France, with ING Bank Slaski now in pilot in Poland and multiple pilots also underway in Spain. Other major issuers will launch soon in all four markets, marking a major milestone for the service as it enters the first stage of its pan-European launch. V.me by Visa is designed to increase consumer confidence in online shopping and reduce the proportion of sales that are abandoned during the checkout process. In the UK any cardholder can sign up to participate in the launch. In other markets the service is currently being offered to a select group of consumers, with wider availability to follow in the coming months. The V.me by Visa pilot program for Ireland will take place in early 2014.

Turkish bank Deploys Kobil Security App

Kobil IT security solutions for the financial industry added a completely new dimension to its deep-rooted cooperation with Yapi Kredi, which is one of the oldest Turkish banks. The Innovative and modular platform technology “Application Security Technology (AST)”, which will be integrated into Yapi Kredi’s IT infrastructure within the scope of cooperation, will allow Yapi Kredi ‘s customers to perform their banking operations in a more secure environment than ever before. Furthermore the Bank will provide its customers with KOBIL mIDentity mini as well as KOBIL OTP technology. Yapi Kredi will utilize Application Security Technology (AST), presented by KOBIL especially for mobile platforms (iOS, Android). The AST solution offers a foundation that increases the level of customer security on all alternative channels such as mobile banking, Internet banking, ATMs and telephone banking. The AST solution automatically performs the majority of security operations thus providing the utmost convenience for the end user.