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Posted: Jan 19, 2017
Categories: Debit Cards, Fraud
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Author: Lou Grilli

Bold move by Oregon-based credit union stems the rapid rise in fraudulent card activities.

Due to high fraud one weekend at Walmart locations in California and Arizona, Trailhead Credit Union, a $110 million in asset credit union based in Portland, Oregon made the bold decision to stem the fraud by blocking their debit cards from being used at Walmart in those two states.

This decision was not made lightly; even though stores in their home state of Oregon were not blocked, Trailhead members vacationing or retired in those two states could be impacted.

ThePaymentsReview spoke with Jim McCarthy, CEO and Gail James, EVP about the decision process and its impact on their members.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

Imagine a day when data breaches yield no usable card numbers.

While many authors are making their predictions for 2017, predictions for battling payment fraud need to take a much broader view. Imagine a safer world of payments where credit and debit card fraud is mitigated through technologies. The mag stripe is gone forever, and mobile payments as well as terminal-free check-outs rely on tokens instead of an actual 16 digit Primary Account Number (PAN). And for those who still insist on holding a piece of plastic in their wallet, cards will have smart security measures – a biometric scan device on the card to prevent lost/stolen usage; geolocation capability built into the card to assist in POS authorization; and a dynamic PAN and CVV displayed on a screen on the card for use in ecommerce purchases to prevent fraudulent online use.
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Posted: Jan 6, 2017
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Author: Tom Davis

CSCU's Tom Davis self grades his 2016 predictions. What grades would you give him?

At the beginning of 2016, I made several predictions about what would be happening in payments and how they would impact credit unions. With 2016 now in the rear view mirror, it is time to take a look back at what happened in 2016 and grade my predictions – the original article can be found here.

Mobile wallets

My Prediction: “MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) and Visa Digital Enablement Program (VDEP) have streamlined credit unions’ enrollment in mobile wallets.  In 2016, we expect as more mobile wallets become available from smartphone makers such as LG and HTC, this process will become even more efficient” “

How I Did: ‘B’ I correctly called the role that MDES and VDEP had in enabling credit unions to enroll in the “Pays” – by the end of the year more than half are enrolled. But I missed the mark on LG and HTC releasing their pays.

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Posted: Dec 8, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

Bold Move Pays Off Positively for the Jackson, Michigan-based Credit Union.

Wendy’s restaurants, long known for its “biggie size” servings, might now be better known as a frequent target of “biggie-sized” data breaches resulting in massive credit card fraud.  Since the fall of 2015, according to one industry source, 1,025 Wendy’s point-of-sale systems in the United States were infected with malware during a five-month-long period.   While Wendy’s said they removed the malware, data breaches continued to reoccur in a number of locations including Jackson, Michigan, the hometown of American 1, a leading credit union in the region that vigilantly monitors member accounts for suspicious activity. American 1 says that to date, they have reached approximately $600,000 in fraud (about 150,000 doubles with cheese!) related to the Wendy’s breach leading to a decision that the credit union never imagined that they would have to undertake. 

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Posted: Aug 24, 2016
Categories: Debit Cards, Fraud
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Author: Michele Featherstone

Thoughts on the Good News and Bad News for Credit Unions

When a debit card number is counterfeited, like what happens in a breach of data from a merchant, any counterfeit card number usage results in withdrawals directly from the cardholder’s bank account. Even though the cardholder’s liability for fraudulent transaction is limited - under the FCBA, liability for unauthorized use of the card tops out at $50 and many issuers have a $0 liability for fraud - there also can be additional costs and fees as a result. Checks that bounce result in NSF charges or scheduled bill pays that fail and incur late fees are just some of the aggravations that debit cardholders whose cards were caught in one of the many highly publicized data breaches had to deal with.

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