MasterCard Using Artificial Intelligence to Attack False Declines

One of the biggest problems for merchants accepting credit cards is not fraudulent transactions, but rather false declines. Certainly, credit card fraud is costly, but it’s estimated that merchants lose $118 billion due to credit card declines where the transaction is genuine and the customer is not over their limit. It’s estimated that 15% of…

Fraud Costs Cut in Half Since the Introduction of EMV

Great news for the credit card processing industry: Just one year into the shift towards the Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) system in the United States, and counterfeit fraud costs have been slashed by just over 50%. According to a report issued by credit card giant MasterCard in mid-September, counterfeit fraud costs are being sharply…

Wal-Mart sues Visa

The swipe fee antitrust lawsuit that The Official Merchant Services Blog has been covering for a few years now has an update: Wal-Mart, accusing Visa of excessively high card swipe fees, is suing Visa for $5 billion. The action by Wal-Mart is being taken because Wal Mart opted out of the settlement of the class…

Online Poker in Delaware

On Tuesday February 25, 2014 Nevada and Delaware lawmakers  signed a landmark agreement to join the states together in online poker ventures, potentially increasing payouts for residents who gamble online. The Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware established a legal framework for the first authorized interstate…

Can Chip Cards Stop the Hax?

The massive data breach at Target is a big shining beacon illuminating exactly how behind the times the United States remains when it comes to credit card security — namely EMV® chip technology. EMV is a worldwide standard for credit and debit card payments based around the use of chip card technology. The acronym stands for Europay, MasterCard,…