Card Not Present Fraud , Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Video

Online Card Fraud Flourishes, Thanks to the Magnetic Stripe

International Financial Crimes Expert Mark Solomon on Card Fraud Tactics and Trends
Mark Solomon, international president, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators

EMV chip technology has taken a major bite out of credit card fraud at the point of sale, but card-not-present fraud continues to flourish, thanks to an age-old technology - the magnetic stripe, says Mark Solomon, international president of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.

"We are seeing fraudsters move from going into stores and using stolen cards to now where they are just using the card data on the internet - like, online stores and darknet marketplaces," Solomon says.

The magnetic stripe on the back of cards is supposed to provide a backup payment method if the EMV chip can't be read. Fraudsters are still skimming card data and activating the magnetic stripes on fake cards.

"Criminals are stealing that magnetic stripe data and using them on gas pumps, ATM machines and POS machines. We need to get rid of this fallback procedure."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Solomon discusses:

  • The latest trends in payment card fraud;
  • The problem with magnetic stripes on credit and debit cards;
  • How social media affects the card fraud space.

Solomon, a member of IAFCI since 2008, also serves as vice president of Synchrony Bank, where he leads a special investigation team that handles large-scale probes into fraud and cybercrime.

About the Author

Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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