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Online payment fraud losses to exceed US$343 billion globally over the next five years

Online payment fraud losses to exceed US$343 billion globally over the next five years

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A new study from Juniper Research has found cumulative merchant losses to online payment fraud globally between 2023 and 2027 will exceed US$343 billion. As a comparison, this equates to over 350% of Apple’s reported net income in the 2021 fiscal year, showing the massive extent of these losses.

Online payment fraud includes losses across the sales of digital goods, physical goods, money transfer transactions and banking, as well as purchases like airline ticketing. Fraudster attacks can include phishing, Business Email Compromise (BEC) and socially engineered fraud.

Online payment fraud losses are partly being driven by fraudster innovation in areas such as account takeover fraud, where a user’s account is hijacked. This is despite the wide employment of identity verification measures.

The research found that in order to combat rising fraud, fraud prevention vendors must orchestrate the right mix of verification tools, at the most effective point in the customer journey, to best protect users, but that this will require significant capabilities to achieve.

“Fundamentally, no two online transactions are the same, so the way transactions are secured cannot follow a one-size-fits-all solution,” said report author, Nick Maynard. “Payment fraud detection and prevention vendors must build a multitude of verification capabilities and intelligently orchestrate different solutions depending on circumstances, in order to correctly protect both merchants and users.”

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