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December 12, 2018

Accepting Venmo in Your Business

There is no doubt that Venmo has become a popular way of moving money from one bank account to another. It can be particularly handy when one friend pays for something such as concert or movie tickets or a cab ride and you need to pay your share. People who don’t have a credit card but have money in the bank. Venmo is owned by PayPal, although PayPal didn’t launch the app: they acquired it in 2014. Originally Venmo could not be used to pay merchants; it was simply a friend-to-friend app. In 2016 Venmo began working with some merchants,...Read more


December 5, 2018

The Secret Service Cracks Down on Credit Card Skimmers

When you think about the Secret Service of the United States, you probably think of them as the security protectors of our president and other elected officials. You probably don’t associate them with being a defender of credit card fraud. Yet that is one of their additional functions. Specifically, the United States Secret Service went into high gear over the Thanksgiving weekend to target a specific kind of credit card thief: the skimmer. A skimmer is a device that is placed into legitimate credit card readers to capture the data of the card being used for a legitimate payment. The...Read more


November 29, 2018

Merchant Fights Fraud – Delivers a Payback

It was back in February or March when Mike Weisberg, owner of Greater Binghamton Limousine Service became a victim of fraud. The thieves would come calling again and again. The third time was the charm and resulted in an immediate arrest. In the first fraudulent encounter, Weisberg received a call asking for immediate transportation to Buffalo, a 400-mile round trip. A trip that cost $875. Weisberg did everything he was supposed to do. He obtained the billing address, the zip code and the three-digit security code. Everything went as planned and the crook even complimented the chauffeur on a job...Read more


June 1, 2016

Why PCI Compliance Exists

You may have been assessed a $30 monthly penalty for failing to maintain a PCI Compliance Certificate with your credit card processor. That $30 does not go to your processor but rather to the acquiring banks who access the fine to your processor, such as Chosen Payments who then pass it on to the merchant. In 2006, an independent body was created by Amex, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and JCB effectively try and reduce credit card fraud caused by the poor handling of credit card information by merchants. On a grand scale, think of Target and its data breach of nearly...Read more


April 20, 2016

The Cost of Online Fraud – Verify Address Using AVS

The internet has undoubtedly changed the way we shop.  Shopping for many common household items and, clothing in particular, has become a way of life.  People are finding that ordering paper towels in bulk or even toothpaste through Amazon or other online merchants can be cheaper than buying at the grocery store and the product is delivered right to your door saving time and money. Unfortunately, this has created an increase in credit card fraud activity and merchants can be hurt financially in the process without controls in place to combat the activity.  Fraudulent sales result in chargebacks to the...Read more


August 12, 2015

How Do EMV® Solutions Help Americans? Number 3 May Surprise You

For many years now, debit and credit cards in the United States have been swiped thanks to the magnetic strips on their backs. But what many credit card companies and merchants didn’t realize was that this method opened consumers up to fraudulent charges on their credit cards and bank accounts due to minimal security features. As companies struggled to find solutions, 63% of merchants also dealt with credit card data breaches with their chip-and-pin machines by adding more security or plan to soon. As a result, more credit cards now feature EMV® solutions that do away with the magnetic strips...Read more