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OrboNation Newsletter: Check Processing Edition – March 2022

Ingo Money: Checks are “Money Mobility Instruments” & Fraud Targets

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Ingo Money CEO Drew Edwards recently had a conversation with PYMNTS’ Karen Webster where Mr. Edwards emphasized the "good news-bad news" surrounding checks in that they can be a critical component of money mobility, or a hindrance.

At a high level, money mobility is the concept and execution whereby money — from any source and across any payment method — can move in and out of accounts, including “me to me” transactions between linked accounts.

There’s just one problem.

“Checks are a fraud magnet,” Edwards said.

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Why Paper Payments — Cash & Checks — Are Holding “Challenger Banks” Back

PYMTS.com reports, via their January 2022 ConnectedEconomy™ Report, that a substantial amount of U.S. consumers -- 67% -- say they interact with their bank using digital channels, including such functions as checking their balances, paying bills, and monitoring transaction alerts.

As Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told CNBC in February 2022, just 15% of deposits at the bank are handled by a teller at a physical branch, with the rest happening digitally...

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Deep Dive: Why Paper Checks Still Factor Into B2B Firms’ Payment Optimization Plans

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In an era of digital payment avenues that seem to double in number every month, checks may seem old fashioned and ready to be left behind, However, as we've illustrated here previously, checks remain key tools for many individuals and businesses...

As noted in PYMNTS.COM:

81% percent of business professionals expect the growing availability of real-time or 24/7 payments — electronic transactions that can be made or received at any time of day — to “dramatically transform” how business is conducted.

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Education in the 21st Century: Check Fraud Lessons on YouTube

The digital age is upon us and in the 21st century, many are turning to YouTube videos as the go-to for educational purposes. This does not just pertain to the tech-savvy millennials and Gen-Zers, but a significant portion of the mainstream population as well, searching for the answers to everything from "how do I stop my toilet from running?" to "can I air fry tomatoes?" And while Google searches provide articles, blog posts, and yes, even Wikipedia pages, the most popular communication channel for learning is clearly YouTube....

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NAFCU’s 2021 Report: The Benefits of Increased Investments in AI by Credit Unions

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Charlie Peterson, SVP for Allied Solutions, a Carmel, Ind.-based provider of insurance, lending and marketing products for financial institutions, addressed the importance of Artificial Intelligence to financial institutions -- specifically credit unions -- in an article for Credit Union Times.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming the norm in both business infrastructure and consumers’ daily lives. AI is an intelligent and virtual resource that deploys data to replace and improve business functions previously completed by human capital. Artificial intelligence can be leveraged to expand business, lighten staff load and enhance member experience...

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Home Inspectors Latest to be Targeted by Scammers

We've noted before in this space that scammers are getting more and more clever and specialized as time goes on, and this story from WKRN in Tennessee is a good example.

Having noted a prospering housing market in middle Tennessee as people are moving to the region, scammers have begun to prey upon, of all people, home inspectors.

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Post Office Banking Trial is a Dud — Time to Refocus?

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This past October we reported that the US Post Office was experimenting with offering some banking functions to aid underserved neighborhoods and populations. These services were to include check cashing, bill paying, ATM access, expanded and improved money orders and expanded wire transfers, with select Postal Service locations in Washington, D.C., Falls Church, Virginia; Baltimore, and the Bronx, New York, participating.

Unfortunately, according to a new article at Roll Call, some lawmakers feel the post-office-as-bank trial is a failed experiment...

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