Protect Yourself from Online Business Fraud

Yes it’s possible: preventing you from being a victim of online business fraud via financial scam trickery and other stealthy actions. While usage of internet for e-commerce has been increasing substantially, it has brought in successful payment processors such as PayPal and Payza consequently used by millions of customers, both for individuals and businesses in the market.

Hence, it is very important to be thinking one step ahead and putting on your gumshoes to dig deeply to be away from being a victim of any online cybercrime or latest business and internet fraud. Firoz Patel, a successful Canadian businessman and co-founder of a global payment processor who has his recent venture Payza (a global payment processor) successfully capturing the market has shared his thoughts guiding to use a secured gateway.

What to believe in?
As per Firoz Patel, complaints and applauds go hand-in-hand. While you see great reviews being posted, you will also find negatives spread for an organization. Neither the reputation, nor the apparent track is enough, aptly said by the Payza’s CEO, Firoz Patel. Complaints made against an organization are falsified at times and are nothing but a conspiracy by the competitors to spoil the image. You have to go way beyond that to really investigate the operations of the organization and find out if what is claimed is real.

What to do?
Payza has recently formed an alert & awareness team to spread awareness amongst consumers. Besides, various steps they guide you through to be protected and secured, they strongly intend you to be aware of the tricks and stealthy actions that are being commonly used to make a consumer fall in to it. One of the most important ones used nowadays is called “Ponzi Scheme”.

This scheme refers to a financial scam that pays returns to early investors using money put in by later investors. Victims are often attracted by promising and high returns at no risk. Payza, as an organization not only wants the consumers to be protected against such a fraud but also demands strongly for some strict actions to be taken against the organizations following such practices.

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Fraud Detection: The Rise of the Scamming Economy

“Although prevention is always better than cure, detection would be more important as it always keeps you a step ahead”, aptly said by the Payza’s CEO, Firoz Patel. In one of the recent interviews held he talks about the significant increase in fraud due to a rapid growth of online and digital era.

As per him, online fraud and identity theft have increased with the growth in technology, so we need to identify and detect the root cause to safeguard ourselves against cybercrimes. Unless we are unable to detect what causes it, we can never put a hold on the rise of the scams in today’s economy.

What’s Important?
As he announces the launch of “Fraud Prevention Team” of Payza globally, he also talks about 3 major tricks used by cyber crooks to commit fraud nowadays.

  1. Internet Fraud: As the usage and reliability of internet and other forms of electronic media to conduct transactions is increasing; illegal activity using the same media is similarly on the rise. So, to cap down all the knowledge about internet fraud is very important to prevent yourself from being a victim of it.
  2. Identity Theft: With the alarming rise in spam and identity theft, the safety of the personal information is utmost important as it could result in serious consequences for the victim. Identity theft is when someone anonymously uses your personal or financial information to pretend to be you to obtain personal gain.
  3. Credit card Fraud: This refers to the unauthorized use of a credit or debit card (or financial information) to fraudulently obtain personal gain at the expense of a victim’s assets. According to Firoz Patel, indictment for a credit card is increasing and you should prevent yourself from such cyber-attacks.

What to do?
“Trust lesser, verify more!”

  • Protect yourself by avoiding or not sharing your personal and financial information over anonymous phone calls and online gateways
  • Use 3D password secured methodology for any online transaction
  • Investigation and use of common sense is not just necessary but a mandate
  • Memorizing your passwords rather than saving is the key

As per Firoz Patel, indictment for personal and financial information is at peak and so watches out for regular patterns used by tricksters and use the armor of technical device to be protected.

Compliance And Fraud Detection Must To Fight Scam Says Payza’s Firoz Patel

Digitalization is changing the world and impacting all our lives. Be it at work, while shopping or availing of services, we are all becoming more and more dependent on technology. The recent strides in technology such as cloud based services and big data, advanced analytics and machine learning have created tremendous opportunities for businesses to grow. The financial services industry especially has been impacted by technologies such as robotic process automation. Since a majority of tasks performed in financial services are rules driven and repetitive there is tremendous opportunity for using automation to cut costs, improve efficiency and reduce human error rates.

Compliance And Fraud Detection Rise In Priority
The banking industry is not far behind. Banks are seeing an increasing thrust on digitalization with consumers demanding more and more online services. Unless banks are able to upgrade their services and upgrade quickly they are at risk of losing their customers. Technology is expected to contribute in the finance services industry on all fronts but the most important of all is probably in the area of compliance and fraud detection. As per Payza founder Firoz Patel, scams and data thefts are some of the biggest problems being faced by the financial services industry today. Last year’s World Payments Report also reiterated the importance of using technology for compliance and fraud detection.

Cybersecurity
Banks are increasingly feeling the pressure to digitalise processes such as compliance tracking, fraud detection and also prevention of fraud. The growing risks in cyber security have created an urgent need to use more advanced techniques and methods to keep cyber criminals and fraudsters at bay. The latest trend is to use machine learning to detect patterns in online criminal behaviour and thwart an attack before it occurs. The recent Mirai bots attack used to bring down Dyn servers is an example of how easily criminals can manipulate and control online systems. While these attacks did not impact the financial services industry, they serve as an early warning system of the kind of threats we could face in the future.

One solution is for banks and other financial institutions to come together and make a collaborative attempt to ensure compliance and fraud detection measures are taken as their services become increasingly digitized. This common front is probably the only way to keep pace with fraudsters and hackers who are always coming up with new means to break through systems, steal data or cause other damages.

Firoz Patel Warns Of Fraud Associated With Bitcoins And Credit Cards

While digital currencies have been around since the early 90’s, not many people were aware of them. However, now with increasing digitalization of financial systems and the growth of third party payment processors, virtual currencies have once again started gaining popularity due to Bitcoins. Bitcoin is a decentralized virtual cryptocurrency that functions on a peer to peer network. It was originally created by Satoshi Nakamoto whose real identity is not yet known. According to one estimate, there are more than 12 million bitcoins being used in circulation at this time.

One of the benefits of virtual currencies is that they are not limited to borders and they do not depend on any banking system. In that sense, they are also unregulated money. Regulations for bitcoins can vary by country. Many payment platforms support bitcoins and allow you to send and receive funds using this virtual currency thus bypassing traditional banking systems. In recent times, there has been considerable discussion regarding their use for criminal activity. According to Payza’s Firoz Patel, fraud transactions are one of the biggest issues being faced by the payment industry and legitimate companies today. Bitcoin transactions are increasingly being associated with credit card fraud.

Bitcoins And Credit Card Fraud
When bitcoins are purchased with a credit card, it can be considered to be similar to a physical cash withdrawal from the card. Thus, as you hand over the physical cash or bitcoins to the other party, the transaction is complete. In case the credit card transaction is reversed, then the party that has handed over the bitcoins is at a loss as you cannot get your bitcoins back.

Bitcoins are liquid and can be used to procure other currencies that are of immediate use. Thus bitcoin traders could be targets of credit card fraud. Bitcoins are typically traded on thin margins. Thus in case of fraud, the party selling the bitcoins takes a bigger hit. Also note, bitcoin payments are usually irreversible.

The Road Ahead
As bitcoins continue to grow in popularity, there are bound to be some regulations and course corrections in this space. Security issues around bitcoins and other digital currencies are expected to be resolved through the development of better technology and systems and more compliance guidelines. The disruption caused by digital currencies is likely to shake up banking systems of the world and create an imperative need to take measures to control the misuse of this currency for fraudulent purposes.

Proactive Measures To Prevent Internet Fraud Can Save You Hassles Of Indictment

In today’s highly connected online world, it is inevitable for businesses to establish an online presence. With increasing digitalization more and more business is being conducted online. However, online business comes with it’s own set of risks. You need to take steps to protect your online business from fraudsters. The true cost of a bad transaction consists of lost merchandise, profit loss and bank fees. The cost of shipping, sourcing and managing chargebacks has also to be considered while determining impact of fraud. Thus, fraud can lead to considerable losses. According to Payza’s Firoz Patel, indictment is very difficult in case of internet frauds hence the best option is to have a solid cybersecurity strategy in place.

Internet Fraud Warning Signs

These are the warning signs that can help you detect an internet fraud:

  • First Time ShoppersToo many new accounts may suggest criminal activity as fraudsters are always trying to test credit cards on unsuspecting sites. Most online shoppers have a shopping history. You should look out for users who create email accounts only to purchase with stolen credit cards. These credit card numbers are usually obtained via spam and identity theft.
  • Suspicious Orders
    If there is a large order it could be a fraudster trying to make as much as possible of a single order. The fraudster may be using a stolen credit card and the credit card may get cancelled at any time hence the rush to maximize utilization of the card via a single large order.
  • Out-Of-The-Ordinary Shopping
    Fraudsters are always trying to rush their orders as the real card holder may cancel the transaction. Thus ‘overnight’ shipping orders may be indicators of fraud. While increase in number of global customers may mean business growth, it can also be an indicator of online organised crimes or purchases made from stolen credit cards.
  • Non-Matching Data
    Always be careful of non-matching data points. It there are multiple accounts and credit cards sharing the same shipping address it could be a single user using many stolen credit cards. Multiple accounts and shipping address that share a single billing address may indicate organised criminal activity. You should be careful of orders with difference in billing and shipping address, telephone area codes and zip codes and orders at odd times of the day.
  • Too Many Credit Cards
    Look out for any transaction with more number of credit cards associated with a single IP account as it may mean fraud.

Firoz Patel Says Complaints Reveal The True Extent Of Online Business Fraud

Online businesses are prone to frauds. If you run an online business then it is very important for you to understand cybersecurity risks and protect yourself and your customers form such frauds. According to Payza founder Firoz Patel, complaints most commonly received by online businesses are related to frauds like phishing, hacking and fraudulent transactions.

Even as businesses allocate more budgets for security and ramp up their defences against online frauds, cyber criminals are very creative in terms of coming up with new ways to carry out business fraud. There many different ways in which online fraud can be committed and they can be categorised into two main types:

Account Takeover

Today, almost all ecommerce stores offer an account to their customers to store their personal information and financial data. This helps the customers to quickly get started the next time they visit the site. It also helps the site to keep track of their customers. Fraudsters typically use phishing to get hold of this account information. They usually send an email to unsuspecting customers and trick them into revealing their username and password. They then use this information to get access to the user’s account. Payza has a dedicated blog that helps users understand how to safeguard their account information.

Identity Theft
All businesses store customer information in databases. Fraudsters hack into these databases and steal customer information such as username, password and credit card details. They sell stolen credit card numbers to scammers who then use it make unauthorized purchases.

To protect businesses from frauds the Payment Card Industry Security Standard Council has developed a set of best practices to safeguard customer data. In addition to online retailers, payment processors also completely handle PCI compliance.

What Can Businesses Do?

To avoid fraud, customers are advised to frequently monitor their accounts and transactions for any inconsistent billing or incomplete shipping information. Businesses can also use tools to track IP address of customers and check if they are from countries known as a base for fraudsters. They can also check if customers are using free or paid email service as the chances of fraud via a free service are higher than paid services. Another option is to put a limit on the number of purchases or the total value of money that is accepted from an account per day. All these precautions can go a long way in preventing online business fraud.

Firoz Patel Warns About New Scam

There’s a new scam going around that Firoz Patel, Payza Executive Vice President, wants to warn you about. People are calling it the “Are you there? Can you hear me?” Scam because those are the only question scammers need you to answer.

Firoz Patel explains the scam, “A fraudster will get you information and call you on the phone, but they’re not trying to get you to pay them, what they’re really looking for is a lot sneakier than that. In some cases, these scammers just want to record you saying ‘Yes’, and maybe some extra information like your name and other details they can use to authorize transactions in the future.”

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Firoz Patel has seen this kind of scam before. “This isn’t really a brand new scam, but it is a very clever variation of a common scam.”

So what can people do to protect themselves? “It’s unfortunate, but people need to be less trusting when they pick up their phones. Most of us use caller ID these days, so if you don’t recognize the person calling you, it’s often best to let that call go to voicemail. Most legitimate callers will leave you a message and let you return the call. If they don’t, you should be suspicious about the call.”

The good news? “As people get more and more used to the security tools that are available with most modern technology, it gets a lot harder for fraudsters to successfully pull off these scams,” says Firoz Patel.

Firoz Patel suggests these scams are easy to prevent by enabling the extra security features your bank provides for credit cards, such as the 3-D Secure program.

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But just because you can protect yourself, that doesn’t mean you can help catch fraudsters. “Unfortunately, the people who try to put these scams into action usually know how to cover their tracks. That makes it very hard for authorities to get an indictment,” says Firoz Patel.

What’s the best way to stop these scams according to Firoz Patel? “Make it so that scammers have more trouble making money off these scams than it’s worth it for them. Protect yourself, stay informed, teach your friends and family how to stay protected. These scams will probably never disappear entirely, but the harder it is to make money off of them, the less frequently you’ll hear about them”.