An interactive map showing debit card and credit card fraud trends is available at ficousfraudmap.com.
Nearly half (46 percent) of all card skimming reported by the FICO® Card Alert Service occurred at bank ATMs, while 36 percent took place at retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals, and 18 percent occurred at white-label ATMs – machines not operated by banks. These results were significantly different from the data observed in 2011, when 79 percent of skimming incidents occurred at POS terminals, due largely to a multi-state crime ring that was identified by the FICO® Card Alert Service.
"The prevailing fraud scheme has been ATM skimming because that only requires a PIN, not a signature – a finding that is clearly reflected in the map," said John Buzzard, who manages the FICO Card Alert Service, which analyzes more than 65 percent of all ATM transactions in the U.S. each day. "Skimming at bank-owned ATMs and white label/off-premise ATMs increased in 2012, and California, Florida and the Northeast were hit particularly hard."
In its data concerning credit card fraud, FICO Labs found increases in 20 states, including 7 states on the East Coast: Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia. The state with the largest increase in credit card fraud was South Dakota, where the rate jumped nearly 26 percent.
"Fraud continues to be problematic and we must remain vigilant about protecting credit cards and bank accounts, but the good news is that innovative technologies are making it increasingly difficult to commit payment fraud," said Doug Clare, FICO's fraud chief. "In the 21 years since FICO Falcon Fraud Manager brought real-time fraud detection to the marketplace, the losses on U.S. credit cards, as a percentage of credit card sales, have been cut by more than 70 percent. It's important to keep that in mind despite year-to-year fluctuations in fraud activity."
The FICO Labs research is based on debit card data from the FICO® Card Alert Service, and credit card data from the FICO® Falcon® Fraud Consortium, which is used to develop models for FICO® Falcon® Fraud Manager. The FICO Falcon Fraud Consortium comprises data from more than 2.5 billion active credit and debit payment cards, sourced from issuers worldwide.
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