Old-Fashioned Crime (Check Fraud) Demands Updated, 2-Pronged Strategy
Credit unions should employ a two-pronged approach to fighting check fraud -one of the nation's fastest-growing
Marc Krasnick of CUNA Mutual Group and Laura Weinflash of Primary Payment Systems (PPS) said technology advances have
"This is a big deal," Krasnick, senior vice president of CUNA Mutual Group's Credit Union Protection Division, told credit union
Record High Losses
Nationwide, check fraud losses are at record highs-$12 billion to $16 billion annually- despite a decline in the number of checks
Krasnick said a critical area for concern is fraud committed by new members. "Approximately 40% of losses occur within 60 days
Krasnick added that CUNA Mutual provides its credit union Bond policyholders with a number of check-fraud education tools,
* Develop a loss-control program.
* Educate staff.
* Utilize check holds on counter deposits.
* Place check holds on ATM deposits.
* Place extended check holds on new accounts.
In addition to prudent risk management procedures, Krasnick said credit unions should consider using innovative technology in
Weinflash, PPS vice president of product solutions, said her company's Early Warning technology enables credit unions to protect
"It's not the end game working with just larger institutions," Weinflash said. "By leveraging information we gather from banks
A Look At What's Available
Weinflash said PPS facilitates the exchange of high-risk accounts, transactions and identities through its National Shared
The vehicles PPS employs, through its suite of Early Warning Solutions, include:
* IDENTITY CHEKWeb Service, which performs identity validation, logical verification, OFAC screening and fraud detection as
* DECISION CHEK MICR and DEPOSIT CHEK Inquiry, which provides access to the most current status of information on
"Check fraud isn't going away, it's getting more sophisticated," Krasnick said. "PPS was a natural fit, with solutions that go hand-
A recent adopter of the PPS solution is SunCorp Corporate Credit Union, Westminster, Colo. SunCorp CEO Eric Kenealy
"We did a lot of due diligence, and we are very confident this product is going to reduce check fraud," Kenealy said. "Every dollar
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