The U.S. payment system faces dynamic, persistent and rapidly escalating threats as technological developments make it easier than ever to commit fraud involving payments. E-commerce and smartphones have changed how we authenticate users and increased the points of vulnerability, raising expectations of security and reliability among consumers and businesses alike.
The Federal Reserve is taking an active role to help the industry understand and address these challenges as a leader and catalyst in the U.S. payment system.
An Intuitive Approach to Classifying Fraud
In June 2020, the Federal Reserve announced the FraudClassifierSM model. Developed by the Fed-led Fraud Definitions Work Group, the model enables organizations to classify fraud in a consistent manner to create a holistic view of fraudulent events and help with more strategic fraud management. Explore the model, including how to register for access to the full model and supporting definitions, as well as additional tools and resources.
Defining, Detecting and Mitigating Synthetic Identity Fraud
The Federal Reserve launched an initiative in 2018 to raise awareness and encourage action in the fight against synthetic identity fraud. Beginning in fall of 2020, a Federal Reserve-convened focus group helped address the problem of multiple definitions of synthetic identity fraud throughout the industry by developing an industry-recommended definition. Learn more about the definition, how it was developed and how it can be applied throughout the industry.
Understanding and Addressing Secure Payments
Since 2013, the Federal Reserve has collaborated with a wide array of industry stakeholders to advance payments security. From June 2015 through March 2018, the Fed established and led the Secure Payments Task Force (Off-site) as it identified and proposed actions to advance security. Learn more about this journey and other secure payments efforts with industry stakeholders.
When Fraud Occurs During Authentication
The Federal Reserve continues to engage with the industry through research on key challenges and mitigation efforts related to third-party remote authentication. These efforts will provide the opportunity to build awareness and educate industry stakeholders dealing with increasing payments fraud, particularly fraud during authentication.