Robot Fraud

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Some blogs are fun to write, some are painful, others are just plain upsetting.

The topic today is about “carding”. Fraudsters purchase buckets of tens of thousands of stolen credit cards on the dark web. They then need to test the cards to see which ones were not reported stolen and still active. So they setup “bots” (computer robots) to run thousands of cards against a website or web form. Most common victims are charity websites since donation pages are a quick and easy way to test a credit card without having to put items in a shopping cart, etc. You’re assuming I am upset at the fraudsters? Wrong! I am upset at the fact that there are still non-profit and charity websites and donation forms that do not have reCAPTCHA!

The first step in stopping fraudulent card testing is to add reCAPTCHA to your site.  reCAPTCHA is a free service that uses advanced risk analysis techniques to tell humans and bots apart.

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If you have already added reCAPTCHA and are still experiencing card testing on your site, please reach out to our fraud prevention team and we will be happy to provide you with many additional tools which will send a clear message to those bots – to “find someone else to pick on!” Happy

Tuesday & Happy Selling!