Global losses from payment fraud has tripled from $9.84 Billion in 2011 to $32.39 in 2000.

Payment fraud is expected to continue increasing and projected to cost $40.62 billion in 2027 –  25% higher than in 2020.

We have analysed the latest research on payment fraud and broken it down by geographic location, type, financial impact and prevention measures.

We will endeavour to keep this up to date as new data is released.

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Global Payment Fraud Statistics

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of companies surveyed said they had experienced fraud in the past 2 years.
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of reported frauds were committed by external perpetrators
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of reported frauds were committed by internal perpetrators
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of reported frauds were carred out by internal and external perpetrators colluding

PwC

2020 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey

Date: 2020

Payment fraud losses have more than tripled since 2011 and are expected to exceed $40 Billion by 2027

Payment Fraud Losses Billions

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Global Fraud losses incurred by payment card issuers, merchants, acquirers of card transactions from merchants, and acquirers of card transactions at ATMs on all credit, debit, and prepaid general purpose and private label payment cards worldwide.

Worldwide fraud by card transaction type in 2018

Worldwide fraud by type of card2

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Transactions processed via the following card types:

  • Global Brands: Transactions processed via Visa, Mastercard, UnionPay, AmericanExpress, Diners, DIscover, and JCP.
  • ATM: Cirrus and Plus.
  • Domestic: Maestro, Elo, RuPay, Interac, Cartes Bancaires, Mir, and 82 others.
  • Private label: Includes store, gasoline, airline, medical, ACH debit cards, prepaid cards, etc.
The ROI of an effective fraud prevention program makes it more than worthwhile.

Companies with set fraud prevention programs reduced their fraud attack response expenses by 42% and their remedy expenses by 17% compared to companies without these measures in place.

The same research also indicated whist nearly 60% of companies that did conduct an investigation after a fraud attack ended up in a better place (i.e. enhanced control environment, streamlined operations, fewer losses and improved employee morale), only 56% of actually conducted investigations at all.

PwC

2020 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey

Date: 2020

% of reduced cost for companies globally with established fraud prevention programs

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“While fraud as a percentage of all card dollar volume declined for the second year in a row, criminals saw double-digit growth in the money they were able to steal from the system. Card fraud netted criminals $3.88 billion more in 2018 than in 2017.”
David Robertson, Publisher of The Nilson Report

How are global banks dealing with fraud?

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of them are transaction monitoring the risk scores in real time
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are using physical biometrics (voice, fingerprint, or facial recognition)
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are using rules and machine learning for transaction monitoring
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are using behavioural biometrics (studying patterns in human behavior)
Fraud prevention measures have hard time reducing financial losses overall due to the relentless growth in Ecommerce

The global value of the B2C e-commerce market size was $3.35 trillion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9% from 2020 to 2027.

Grand View Research

B2C E-commerce Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type, By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 – 2027

Date: 2020

Meanwhile, worldwide, companies report an average of six fraud attempts over the course of two years.

PwC

2020 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey

Date: 2020

Riskiest IP addresses for Online Shopping Fraud

Riskiest billing IP locationsRiskiest shipping IP locations
ChinaVenezuela
VenezuelaHong Kong
TaiwanSouth Korea
SingaporeChina

Table by MerchantSavvy.co.uk

Experian

Date: 2018

European Payment Fraud Statistics

% of card fraud by type in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)  

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Card not present (CNP) payments, i.e. payments via the internet, post or telephone
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Point of sale (POS) terminal payments
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Automated teller machine (ATM) payments
European Central Bank Sixth Report on Card Fraud Date: 2020

Card fraud losses by method of compromise

European Card fraud losses by method

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CNP fraud continues to be the leading choice of payment fraudsters in Europe

Card not Present (CNP) fraud levels continue to rise year over year in Europe.  Within the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), in 2018 CNP fraud accounted for €1.43 billion in fraud losses – 17.7% higher than in  2017.

In contrast, ATM fraud decreased by 14.7% from 2017 to 2018 which will be largely explained by the increasing use of  chip-and-pin transactions cards at ATMs.

At 0.069%, France had the highest value of fraud as a share of transactions with cards issued its own country and acquired anywhere.

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total value of fraudulent transactions conducted using cards issued within the within the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) and acquired worldwide in 2018
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of the total card fraud accounted for by card not present payments
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increase in Card Not Present Fraud from 2017 - 2018

European Central Bank

Sixth report on card fraud

Date: 2020

UK Payment Fraud Statistics​

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spent on cards were lost to fraud in 2019 (This was 8.4p in 2018 and 12.4p per £100 in 2008)
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Lost due to fraud on on UK-issued cards in 2019 (7.5% lower than the £671.4 lost in 2018)
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in card fraud was stopped by banks and card companies in 2019 (equivalent to £6.17 in every £10 of attempted card fraud being prevented)

UK Finance

Fraud The Facts

Date: 2020

Fraud losses on UK-issued cards by fraud type 2010-2019

Ecommerce figures are estimates

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UK Finance

Fraud The Facts

Date: 2020

As in Europe, CNP fraud dominates and accounts for 76% of fraud losses
UK Payment losses incurred via fraudulent card payments, remote banking and cheques totalled £824.8 million in 2019.

Card payments made remotely (card not present) continues to be the most popular card fraud method among fraudsters and accounted for £470.2 million of the losses.

Ecommerce card fraud grew between between 15% and 36% year on year from from 2012 to 2016. Only in 2017, when card fraud stood at £310m has the growth rate been flat for ecommerce fraud.

UK card fraud losses by type 2010 vs 2019

Payment Fraud Statistics, Trends & Forecasts UK Card Losses By Type

Chart by MerchantSavvy.co.uk

In 2019 more than 76% of card fraud losses were due to CNP totalling £470.2 million. 

UK Finance

Fraud The Facts

Date: 2020

US Payment Fraud Statistics​

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of companies report they've been a victim of some type of fraud during digital payment
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of customers report that they have been a victim of fraud during digital payment
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of online sales end up being fraudulent compared to 18% in 2018.

% Fraud increase in the US by retailer type (2017-2019)

Small US retailers selling digital goods have seen huge increases in fraud with rates increasing 128% annually in 2017 and 2018. This compares to 104% annually for mid/large retailers with digital goods.

Chart by MerchantSavvy.co.uk

Lexis Nexis

The True Cost of Fraud

Date: 2019

% of US companies targeted by payment fraud (2010-2019)

Payment Fraud Statistics, Trends & Forecasts of US companies targeted by payment fraud 2010 2019

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81% of US organizations were targets of some kind of payment fraud attack in 2019, which is the second-highest percentage since 2009.

Still, only 60% of them have a fraud policy put in place.

Many fraudsters took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

 

The FTC’s COVID-19 and Stimulus Reports page shows 143,992 fraud reports related to COVID-19 and the federal stimulus as of July 27, 2020. 

Those reports show a cumulative loss of over $93 million.

Federal Trade Commission

COVID-19 and Stimulus Reports

Date: 2020

Ransomware attacks rose by 25% from the last quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020.

Beazley Date: 2020

Total cases of fraud, identify theft, and other reports in the US

Payment Fraud Statistics, Trends & Forecasts Total cases of fraud identify theft and other reports in the US

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Payment Fraud Statistics, Trends & Forecasts fraud lossed by payment method US

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“Most of the civilized world years ago shifted to requiring computer chips in payment cards that make it far more expensive and difficult for thieves to clone and use them for fraud. One notable exception is the United States, which is still lurching toward this goal.”

Krebson Security

Asia Pacific Payment Fraud Statistics

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of banks in the APAC region have agreed that the introduction of real-time payments has been a factor in increased fraud losses
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of banks surveyed name social engineering as the number one fraud concern when it comes to real-time payments
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of the surveyed banks in APAC thought that confluence between fraud and compliance functions would help defend transactions on real-time payment platforms

FICO Survey

Date: 2020

Many Asia Pacific business owners express increased concern regarding fraud

However, around half of APAC businesses have implemented advanced authentication as a form of fraud prevention.

In the past 12 months, has your business experienced
more, less or the same in fraud losses?

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Non-surprisingly, 67% of businesses were increasingly concerned about fraud and fraud losses in 2019. 

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