Retailers Paying More For Fraud-Related Costs

Oct 2, 2012
Originally published on October 2, 2012 12:08 pm



And here in the U.S., for retailers, the cost they pay for consumer fraud is going up. Merchants who sell their products using mobile devices or sell internationally are seeing their costs climbing higher still - almost 40 over last year.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

WENDY KAUFMAN, BYLINE: Retailers will pay $2.70 for every dollar in fraudulent transactions. That's a big increase over last year, according to a new survey. And the reason its worse in the mobile and e-commerce space is that the fraud is harder to detect - and what fraudsters buy is often expensive. The same is true of global transactions.

Jim Van Dyke of Javelin Strategy and Research conducted the survey for Lexis Nexis. He says retailers are not happy when they learn consumers were billed for things they didn't buy.

JIM VAN DYKE: There's a charge back where the consumer gets a credit, the merchant gets socked for full value of the goods and then has to buy replacement goods.

KAUFMAN: What's more, Van Dyke says when consumers are the victims of fraud, they often blame the retailer.

DYKE: Consumers are often saying they will never shop at a merchant again; merchants don't think that is going on at all.

KAUFMAN: Van Dyke's bottom line - merchants need to double down on fraud protection, both for the out-of-pocket expense and the cost to their reputation.

Wendy Kaufman, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.