The chip cards have an extra layer of security across most of Canada and Europe where shoppers use a four digit PIN, just like our debit cards. Here in the U.S. only a signature is required for most credit card sales. “I can take your wallet this afternoon and I can go on a shopping spree,” explained Abramson.
Retail losses from fraud are continuing to increase despite the introduction of EMV chip cards that were supposed to dramatically reduce credit card fraud, according to a new study from LexisNexis. Each retail company surveyed saw an average of 238 successful fraud incidents a month in 2017, with an average transaction value of $181, according to the “True Cost of Fraud” study.
Visa Inc. is ditching the signature. […] As more commerce has migrated online and to mobile phones, signatures have been replaced by passwords, fingerprint recognition and other biometrics. […] In most of Europe, consumers have used chip credit cards for decades and have had to validate a transaction using a personal identification number, or PIN.
“The banks won’t let you take a $20 bill out of an ATM without a PIN, but they won’t require a chip and PIN for a credit card transaction; it makes no sense. […] The banks say a PIN is static, it doesn’t change, but if it’s lost or stolen, the user can change it. You can’t change a signature.”
In a 19-page white paper submitted to the FTC, NRF said the card companies use their market power to “unfairly leverage their brands and proprietary technology through webs of closely controlled interdependent bodies and compliance regimes” including the council. While portrayed as voluntary, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard requirements set by the council are “forced upon businesses that cannot refuse to accept credit and debit cards.”