Archive for October, 2015

Verified by Visa: It’s time has come

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

I remember the first time I attempted to make an online purchase and got a popup telling me I had to sign up for Verified by Visa; I immediately thought it was a phishing scam and backed away quickly. I have recently done some research and it appears that there was a time that Verified by Visa popups were phishing; but times have changed. With the implementation of EMV Compliance it is expected that there will be an increase in fraud attempts for online purchases, now is Verified by Visa’s time to shine.

On October 1 the major credit card companies, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express began shifting liability for credit card fraud to merchants that are not EMV-compliant. History has shown that EMV-compliance virtually eliminates credit card fraud and when the buyer uses a credit card with an RFID chip and the merchant has an EMV-compliant credit card terminal. While this is very good for brick and mortar businesses, history has also shown that when EMV-compliance helps greatly with purchases made face-to-face, there is also the potential for additional credit card fraud with relation to online credit card purchases. For those merchants relying solely on online purchases or brick and mortar businesses, Mobius Payments wants you to know that they now support Verified by Visa fraud protection. (more…)

Reminder: Your EMV- Compliance Deadline Has Passed

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Mobius Payments wants to remind all brick and mortar merchants that EMV-compliance (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) is the new standard in the United States. As of October 1, 2015 the major credit card companies, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express began shifting liability for credit card fraud from the card issuer to merchants that are not EMV-compliant. Now that the deadline has passed, what happens next?

The liability shift is just that – the accountability for fraudulent or counterfeit transactions has passed to the merchant. If the merchant’s credit card terminal is not compliant with the EMV standards, meaning it cannot accept a credit or debit card containing a chip, the liability for fraudulent transactions has been transferred to the merchant who continues operating non-compliant hardware after the deadline.

For example, if a merchant is operating a compliant terminal and experiences a fraudulent EMV transaction using the chip and signature method, the issuing bank will be liable, however, if the merchant’s terminal is only capable of reading the magnetic stripe and the card that is used in the fraudulent activity has a chip, the merchant will be liable for that transaction even though they are a victim of fraud. (more…)