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Banning Remotely Created Checks Illustrates Lack of Interest in Fraud Prevention

May 5, 2014

A recent article in American Banker highlights the Federal Trade Commission’s idea of banning remotely created checks (RCC), also referred to as Pre-Authorized Drafts (PAD) by telemarketers. These merchants create RCCs by using bank account and routing numbers, creating a “check image” for payment processing. These are unsigned checks that are governed mostly by state laws without full recourse when unauthorized transactions are made.

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Are Checks Now Safer than Debit/Credit Cards?

January 6, 2014

So if you haven’t heard by now, Target, the big red retailer, has a bit of a fraud problem. Somehow, their payment system was hacked and stole a mere 40M credit and debit account numbers with expiration dates and CSV codes…maybe even PIN numbers. Hmmm. How can this be? Per a Krebs article, “Little is known yet about how the data was compromised. “My best guess is [Target] got hit by hackers who got into their network, and were able to push malicious software out to the point of sale systems,” says Krebs, who spoke to American Banker in a recent exclusive interview. “We probably won’t know for certain for weeks or months.”

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Why Checks have a Place in our Future

August 15, 2012

Everyone seems to want to pick on the check. Poor little guy… Obviously there are inefficiencies with checks, which translate into innovations and new products which generate margin in certain market segments. But let’s not forget…

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