"I think this is another great example of the lengths to which criminals will go to perpetrate these schemes, and the amount of homework they do," says Julie McNelley, banking and payments fraud analyst at Aite Group.
A new federal suit against Michaels claims the crafts retailer, hit by a POS skimming scheme in May, took too long to notify customers after it learned of the breach that affected stores in 20 U.S. states.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has fallen victim to another phishing attack, according to an e-mail alert sent out to customers. This newest attack entices consumers to click a link for details about "important information from your financial institution."
A new pay-at-the-pump card skimming scheme - this one in West Covina, Calif. - gets the attention of law enforcement authorities, who launch a new awareness campaign that warns consumers to avoid using debit cards at self-service stations.
The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade heard from Sony and Epsilon about breaches that adversely affected consumer information. Both companies support a national data security and breach notification law.
Two stories stand out when I look back on the month of May: the POS PIN pad swap scheme that hit Michaels crafts stores in more than 20 states and the insider job at Bank of America that led to $10 million being stolen from some 300 customer accounts.
A July trial date has been set for a pay-at-the-pump skimming scheme that allegedly led to the theft of more than $150,000 from six Hawaii financial institutions, highlighting the growing fraud vulnerability of self-service card payments.
Experts say card issuers picked up on the Michaels card breach by employing strong transaction monitoring and behavioral analytics, proving that cross-channel detection tools are the best ways to curb growing card-fraud schemes.