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Mobile payments fraud may be a risk for merchants

Report highlights the lacking awareness merchants have concerning mobile payments fraud

Mobile payments fraud may be growing quite problematic for merchants. A recent study from Kount, the Fraud Practice, and CardNotPresent.com shows that merchants may be unaware of the mobile fraud that could be targeting them. Fraud is not uncommon in the retail space, especially when it comes to digital shopping. Many retailers have had to deal with fraudulent payments in the past and have become somewhat proficient at doing so, but mobile represents a new channel that retailers are not yet comfortable with.

Many retailers are not certain if they are tracking fraud

The report shows that 39.4% of merchants said that they were actively tracking fraud across all of their channels. Another 34.2% claimed that they were uncertain if they were tracking fraud across channels, however, which may be cause for concern among those involved in the mobile payments space. The report also shows that the majority of merchants (61%) are uncertain about whether or not fraud is increasing in the mobile channel. This uncertainty could affect their ability to combat fraud both in the present and in the future.

Mobile payments may not be riskier than other channels

Mobile Payments - FraudMobile payments have become quite popular among consumers, but they have also become a target for malicious groups that want to exploit financial information. Approximately 34% of merchants that deal in digital goods believe that the mobile channel is somewhat riskier when compared to conventional channels. The majority of merchants, however, believe that mobile is as risky as any other channel, since all channels have had to deal with fraudulent transactions in the past.

More merchants are beginning to take mobile payments seriously

The number of merchants that are actively supporting mobile payments continues to grow. The report notes that 68% of all merchants now have some form of mobile payments plan in place. Another 20% of merchants are currently planning to put a mobile payments system in place at some point this year. Merchants are showing favor for mobile channels because of their convenience and believe that mobile devices are an effective way to engage consumers.

Mobile security breaches in payments comes with a cost

Fraud is already rapidly on the rise in this sector which remains relatively limited, and it is only expected to grow.

When it comes to the adoption of smartphone based payments, one of the biggest concerns of consumers is mobile security, and for good reason, according to the latest data that has revealed that fraud in this area is a growing trend and it is coming at a considerable price.

The m-payments market was slow to get started, but it is experiencing some growth.

However, at the same time that m-payments are slowly growing, mobile security risks are increasing rapidly and are expected by experts to increase at a more rapid pace in coming years. This problem is expanded when m-commerce is taken into account, as shopping over smartphones has been taking off at a very rapid rate and is expected to become quite explosive over the upcoming holiday buying season.

A recent report has shown that the cost that mobile security issues is going to be a pricy one.

Mobile security breaches come with costAccording to the Gartner technology research group’s projections, over the next four years, m-payments will experience a 35 percent average annual growth rate, which will send the number of users to around 450 million, and the amount of spending over this method up to $721 billion by 2017. In North America, alone, there is expected to be a growth rate of 53 percent, this year, so that by the end of 2013, it will have reached $37 billion, when compared to last year’s $24 billion. This is positive news for that industry, but also represents a growing mobile security risk as it becomes a more lucrative target to potential scammers and thieves.

All of the major players in smartphones and technology seem to have made their way into m-payments in one way or another, each with their own efforts to enhance mobile security to the point that they can make consumers comfortable with the tech and keep out fraud at the same time. This includes the acquisition of Braintree by PayPal, the new and improved mobile wallet launch by Google, and the addition of fingerprint scanning and biometrics by Apple.

Still, the primary barrier that all of those companies face is in mobile security, as consumers are still not convinced of the safety of their sensitive data. As many consumers are already quite comfortable with the payments methods that they already use, they are not ready to take a risk on a new and little known technology, when they don’t feel that their credit and debit cards are causing them an inconvenience.