Transaction laundering often masks activities explicitly prohibited by international law and card associations such as drugs and weapons trade, illicit pornography, sales of counterfeit goods, illegal pharmaceuticals, terrorism financing and money laundering.
Israel-based cyber-intelligence company EverCompliant is the first line of defense against transaction laundering, the digital payments space’s equivalent of traditional money laundering. In a nutshell, transaction laundering allows prohibited merchants to find safe passage into the payment system by exploiting valid merchant accounts.
Due to the overwhelming number of emerchants and data associated with these merchants, MSPs are faced with data overload. Collecting data on merchants is not enough. They do not know what to do with it.
Criminal activity, including fraud, is ancient. But there is a type of merchant-based, online fraud relatively new to the payments industry. Known as Transaction Laundering (TL), this form of fraud is spreading quickly, often undetected by Merchant Service Providers (MSPs), including payment processors and acquiring banks.
An entire industry – card payments acquiring and processing – relies its risk management methodology on chargebacks optimization as its main, if not sole, operational target. Simply put, the higher the likelihood for chargebacks for a given merchant category, the riskier the merchant will be considered by a credit...
Fraudsters are in general a nefarious bunch; as annoying as a mosquito, their bite does not discriminate against rich or poor, big or little. Last month, for example, Birkenstock pulled its entire collection from Amazon, mostly as a protest over the many merchants that were selling knockoffs of Birkenstock...
With the recent escalation in online fraud attacks, merchant fraud, which has posed a longstanding risk to the payments system has evolved into a new category of fraud- transaction laundering, a security threat that is not only hard to detect but even more challenging to eliminate.
E-commerce sites may never completely replace Main Street stores, but online shopping is growing at a very healthy clip. In 2015, online shoppers in the US spent some $300 billion, and that figure is expected to grow to nearly $500 billion by 2018.