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eFraud Global Forum: The Key to Thwarting Advanced Fraud Attacks While Improving CX
Speaker: Rodger Desai, CEO, Payfone
Date: Monday, February 24, 2020

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Payfone’s CEO, Rodger Desai, is presenting at Tearsheet’s Embedded Conference in NYC on Tuesday, November 19th. The discussion will focus on the most consequential trends and challenges in the industry around lack of trust, the growth of fraud and the power of phone intelligence. Rodger will provide multiple use cases on how enterprises can definitively validate identities, improve pass rates with reduced friction, and increase customer satisfaction by leveraging real-time telecom signals as a proxy for individuals’ digital identity.

 

Presented by Tearsheet, The Embedded Conference is a first-of-its-kind event that brings together financial institutions, technology players, and other firms getting into financial services for the first time. It isn’t about banks vs. non-banks — the Embedded Conference is about collaboration and tapping into the best each player in the ecosystem can offer.

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  • The identity authentication leader has taken action to extend its SIM swap detection algorithms to protect even more consumers from a fast-growing fraud scheme that easily breaks 2FA, costing victims millions in lost dollars and personal data.
  • Payfone’s patented capability is the only technology of its kind that can overcome the well-documented vulnerabilities of current 2FA methods to end SIM swap fraud for good by giving companies the ability to differentiate between fraudulent SIM swaps and suspicious ones.
  • Payfone is now calling on all financial institutions, cryptocurrency platforms, social media networks, and other enterprises to bolster 2FA with more advanced algorithms to protect their customers against SIM swap and other forms of account takeover fraud.

 

NEW YORK (September 30, 2019) SIM swap attacks continue to make headlines, with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey becoming one of the most famous victims to date when his mobile phone number was taken over last month. Similar scams are rapidly increasing in frequency, impacting high-profile CEOs, Hollywood celebrities, cryptocurrency communities, and everyday people, as criminals take advantage of security loopholes and the vulnerabilities of 2FA (two-factor authentication) to hijack social media accounts or steal money and cryptocurrency by taking over victims’ mobile phone numbers.

 

Payfone, the world’s leading digital identity authentication provider, today announced that it is taking a stand against SIM swap attacks with real-time SIM swap fraud detection technology that has the power to end these kinds of hacks for even more consumers. 

 

The technology leverages Payfone’s Trust Score™, a real-time measure of identity confidence, and telecom intelligence signals to thwart both SIM swap and device swap fraud in real time. The patented capability is the only technology of its kind that can inform banks, cryptocurrency platforms, social media platforms, and other service providers of suspicious activity related to SIM swaps in real time, allowing them to take action to prevent illegitimate withdrawals and transactions while also making it easy for legitimate customers to transact.  

 

“Businesses and consumers now rely on 2FA to secure our most essential digital services, services that are woven into the fabric of our daily lives,”said Rodger Desai, Chief Executive Officer, Payfone. “It’s critical that we extend our technology to take a stand to fight this national threat.”

 

To carry out SIM swap fraud, hackers take over a victim’s phone number and exploit weaknesses in 2FA in order to gain access to bank, cryptocurrency, or social media accounts. Without Payfone’s advanced algorithms, enterprises with SIM swap detection technology may have visibility into the fact that a SIM swap has occurred, but they are unable to see when the event took place, which is a major factor when it comes to differentiating fraud from a legitimate transaction. With Payfone’s real-time SIM swap detection algorithms, companies can now not only see that a SIM swap has taken place, but also the proximity of the event to a high-risk transaction (for example, a SIM swap that is immediately followed by a password reset). 

 

In addition to preventing fraudsters from accessing victims’ accounts illegally, Payfone’s patented technology enables a more frictionless and pleasant experience for good customers. Since many SIM swaps are legitimate (in 2018, there were 90 million ports and 100 million device upgrades in the U.S.), enterprises do not want to slow down the experience for customers who may have legitimately ported their numbers or upgraded their devices. By analyzing the contextual behavior and time of a SIM swap, Payfone’s Trust Score can provide a faster and easier experience for good customers while identifying potential bad actors and subjecting them to further inspection.

 

Enterprises who are interested in protecting their customers against SIM swap fraud via Payfone’s service can visit payfone.com for more information.

 

About Payfone

Payfone’s award-winning Trust Platform™ and Trust Score™ bring trust to the digital economy by enabling businesses to instantly verify customers while thwarting fraud and cyberattacks in real-time; all within a privacy-first, zero-knowledge framework. Payfone serves 6 of the top 10 US financial institutions, and leading healthcare, insurance, technology and retail companies. Learn more at payfone.com and linkedin.com/company/payfone.

 

Press Contact:
Yuka Yoneda
yyoneda@payfone.com
212.614.6927

 

In Q1 2019, some mobile network operators (MNOs) decided to stop making certain data available for inquiry to third-party identity authentication providers. This decision created concern regarding a possible gap in identity verification coverage. But was it actually a blessing in disguise? Join Payfone CEO Rodger Desai at Fraud Force 2019 on September 19th as he breaks down what companies can do to approach the situation as an opportunity to address the challenges presented by MNO data, and to implement solutions that offer higher coverage, increased privacy, and reduced operational complexity. This session will include an actionable checklist of things that enterprises can get started with today to bolster their identity authentication plans for the future. See you in Portland!

See the full Fraud Force agenda >

Read Aite Group’s report on how diversified signals proved superior to MNO data alone >

Growing instances of fraud in digital channels (“year-over-year online fraud losses are up 10% or more for 60% of FI risk executives surveyed” – Aite Group research, 2019) are forcing enterprises to design their customer experiences around preventing fraud rather than creating great customer experiences with fast and easy interactions. The fear of fraud overtaking the desire to deliver great user experiences creates a “Trust Gap” whereby most companies can only “pass” ~40% of customers during digital interactions (such as logging in to online or mobile accounts or calling into a call center) without subjecting them to cumbersome identity authentication processes such as security questions and SMS passcodes. The Trust Gap describes the discrepancy between the ~60% of interactions that brands typically treat with suspicion despite the fact that only 2-3% of transactions actually deserve further inspection.

Research indicates that many enterprises are actively working to overcome the Trust Gap to be able to extend the best possible user experiences to customers without sacrificing security. According to Aite Group, 86% of merchants surveyed and 88% of FI respondents indicated that improving the CX is the #1 key factor driving their investments in anti-fraud technology.

How can companies use the Trust Gap to their benefit to get a leg-up on the competition? Head to Forbes to read what our CEO, Rodger Desai, says about how trust will be the KPI that reshuffles the Fortune 500, and what enterprises can do to start capitalizing on this trend.

Read the full article on Forbes >

Payfone’s CEO and Founder Rodger Desai recently sat down with David Birch, Director at electronic transactions consultancy Consult Hyperion, to answer the ‘tough’ questions about industry challenges and how Payfone’s ‘call to arms’ regarding Zero-Knowledge can really impact the digital world.

 

  1. Birch: Can the different interests of convenience, public safety, privacy, security, and capitalism really co-exist?

 

Desai: Yes, these interests can co-exist; in fact, in our view, they must. Security and the desire for convenience should not override privacy, but you can’t have privacy without security. And since laws and regulations lag technology, GDPR and CCPA may not capture the full scope of the privacy protections consumers require. It comes down to having a strong set of principles that guide how products are built and used. Payfone’s Bill of Trust is our set of principles that we use to guide our actions that go beyond what may be required by regulators today.

 

  1. Birch: So, you don’t advocate using personal data without consumer consent in the name of fighting fraud?

 

Desai: Our view is that even with compliance obligations such as KYC/AML, GLBA exceptions and the GDPR’s notion of Legitimate Interest, consumers expect to always be informed, have the collection of their personal information limited to only what is minimally required, and their consent collected.

 

  1. Birch: Please tell me that privacy isn’t dead.

 

Desai: No, that is a common thought every time technology advances. Privacy is a constant renegotiation of the boundaries between individuals and society. History has shown that if society overreaches, innovation and personal rights suffer.

 

  1. Birch: So this is the idea behind the Zero-Knowledge service that you can deliver to mobile operators, banks, insurance companies and other industries?

 

Desai: We think Zero-Knowledge is key to the way businesses will work with each other in digital. Gone are the days where the industry needs to aggregate personal data and somehow protect it. Our mission is to accelerate the digital economy to a world where privacy is not compromised, while protecting from fraud and cyber-threats. Service Providers such as mobile operators and financial institutions play a critical role in the ecosystem, and Zero-Knowledge can allow them to participate safely.

 

  1. Birch: Would this have helped with the recent report that U.S. bounty hunters were accessing the location of mobile phones?

 

Desai: Yes. While we have never used mobile operator location data at Payfone, there are important and legitimate cases where location can help protect consumers. If a bank would like to ask if a customer’s phone is in the city where an unusual transaction is taking place, then the bank, with consumer consent, can ask a Service Provider if the phone is in that city. The answer should be yes or no, and the actual city the consumer is in should not be returned or revealed. That’s Zero-Knowledge.

 

  1. Birch: Some mobile operators have decided to change the way they share data in response to the location issues. Will this affect you or the industry?

 

Desai: As we just announced today, due to the sophistication of our platform and our focus on redundancy and inclusion, we have many authoritative identity verification partners. We cover 90% of U.S. adults across mobile, VoIP and landline, even pre-paid, family plans, and businesses. Additionally, since we tap into core telecom infrastructure, the way the mobile operators themselves do, we are less reliant on mobile operators directly.

 

  1. Birch: Do the mobile operators have a role in Payfone’s next-gen stack?  

 

Desai: Yes, especially with the need to thwart SS7 attacks, SIM swaps, robo calls and spoofed calls. These are among the top complaints the FCC receives from consumers. Mobile operators are adopting Zero-Knowledge protocols which will help prevent fraudulent activities, modernize their processes and protect their subscribers and customer data even further.

 

  1. Birch: This seems like an important step on your journey. Where is this journey taking you next?

 

Desai: We have been on a journey to accelerate the industry to a world that fulfills our Bill of Trust. Today the focus is on expanding our coverage and Zero-Knowledge. Later this year we will introduce new tools for consumers to take control of aspects of their mobile identity. It’s time to create additional tools that accelerate self-sovereignty.