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“Go Ahead, Write a Check for Your Coffee,” Just Not for Beef Jerky

Gert Watkins just become the poster child of checks in an article about the reality of check writing. The Wall Street Journal article, posted by former colleague and friend Kathy Strasser, explored the dynamics behind why checks still exist and what the leading motivations are. Of course, when it comes to checks, technologists want to bash…

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Orbograph 2017 Predictions for Check Payments

Within the first months of 2017, there will be a number of important market studies released related to check volumes via FED research, fraud losses (ABA Deposit Account paper), and retail banking (BAI).  As OrboGraph looks to the future in check payment innovation, we believe the following trends will feed market innovations. Check volume declines…

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Looking to 2017: Risk and Fraud

Andrew Davies, Vice President of Global Market Strategy, Financial Crime Risk Management at Fiserv, makes several great points about how quicker transactions – and the customer expectations attached to that speed – can be dangerous in terms of exposing fraud and theft opportunities. (Read it HERE.) Mr. Davies describes a “perfect storm of factors,” broadly consisting of: Greater demands…

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Digital vs. Traditional: What to Prepare For

BAI.org offers valuable insight into consumers’ adoption of digital interaction with their financial institutions via a document entitled “Digital Banking and Analytics: Enhancing Customer Experience and Efficiency.” The downloadable PDF provides great information about current and future use of digital interactive technology among bank customers, as well as a cogent overview of future expectations that the industry…

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The Life of a Check: Tree to Payment Processing

The folks at Crosscheck have put together a great overview of the life of a check – – starting at the tree (now that’s comprehensive) and advancing through the various legislative and technological steps that have kept checks speedy and relevant in the digital age. They also get into the nitty-gritty of check “construction” with…

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

In light of last week’s crippling web outage, it’s ironic to note that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has declared October Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The FFIEC hosted a webinar entitled Getting the Most Out of Your FS-ISAC Membership for financial institutions on October 31, 2016. Cybersecurity is, of course, crucial in the fraud prevention workflow, and last week’s outages…

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Top 5 Tech Innovations Your Bank Can’t Ignore—and Why

We’re excited to see that, of the Top 5 Tech Innovations Your Bank Can’t Ignored, we can actually contribute significantly to three of them! Let’s call them the “Key 3”: Continue to embrace Check 21 Leverage electronic workflows Automated tellers Part of the shared theme of the Key 3 is that the branch bank is far from obsolete. Online…

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$590K Counterfeit Check Scheme: "They Were Essentially Printing Money."

Earlier this month we talked about 10 tips for spotting a fake check – were you paying attention? If not, this will likely increase your vigilence. In a story out of New Jersey, we learn that a check forgery ringleader used a computer to manufacture fake checks: Stephens created the checks using graphic software, inflating the amounts…

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Identity Fraud: New Techniques Respond to New Technologies

Banks are facing bigger and bigger challenges to ensure new accounts are actually legitimate. Once fraudsters create an account under a false identity, it can be very difficult to stop before its too late. To make it more difficult, online applications and online account opening give fraudsters the upper hand in manipulating their identities. From the American…

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