Globally, 3 in 10 Consumers Don’t Trust Retailers With Securing Their Data

  Globally, 3 in 10 Consumers Don’t Trust Retailers With Securing Their Data

 China and India have highest rates of prepaid card fraud, 17 percent and 18
 percent, respectively, according to latest global consumer fraud study from
                            ACI Worldwide and Aite

Business Wire

NAPLES, Fla. -- July 22, 2014

A global fraud study of more than 6,100 consumers across 20 countries revealed
distrust among global consumers in retailers to protect their data. The new
study, “Global Consumers: Concerned and Willing to Engage in the Battle
Against Fraud,” is the second in a two-part series conducted by ACI Worldwide
(NASDAQ: ACIW) and Aite Group. Among other findings, only slightly more than
50 percent of consumers feel stores where they shop use security systems that
adequately protect their financial data against hackers and data breaches.

Retailer Concerns

  *Nearly 3 in 10 global consumers (29 percent) do not trust retailers (e.g.,
    stores, online shopping sites, restaurants, etc.) to protect stored
    personal and financial data against hacking attempts and data breaches.
  *58 percent think financial institutions (large multinational institutions,
    community banks and credit unions) do a better job of protecting their
    data than do retailers, or for that matter, government agencies and law
  *Only 55 percent feel stores where they shop use security systems that
    adequately protect their financial data against hackers and data breaches,
    compared to 62 percent who believe that online shopping websites
    adequately protect this information.

Mobile Customer Engagement

  *More than 3 in 4 global consumers (77 percent) are “very interested” in
    being contacted about suspicious activity on their cards or accounts via a
    phone call, email or text message.
  *Approximately 3 in 4 (73 percent) prefer that their banks not post
    transactions to their cards until they respond to fraud alerts.

Consumer Awareness

  *More than 4 in 10 global consumers (42 percent) do not recall receiving
    any anti-fraud information from their financial institution.
  *More than 3 in 10 (32 percent) think theft by a computer hacker is the
    greatest fraud risk.

Prepaid Card Implications

  *In many countries, prepaid card usage and the rate of fraud on such cards
    correlates. China and India have the highest rates of prepaid card fraud
    at 17 percent and 18 percent, respectively, and very high consumer use
    rates at 93 percent and 91 percent, respectively.
  *Conversely, in countries with use rates of 70 percent or less, such as
    Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, fraud rates are 4
    percent or less, indicating that the fraud rate may rise as more consumers
    use prepaid cards.


  *“Consumer distrust is exacerbated by the widely publicized retail data
    breaches over the past year,” Mike Braatz, senior vice president, Payments
    Risk Management Solutions, ACI Worldwide.
  *“Retailers have their work cut out for them—to change consumer perception
    that shopping, be it online or in-store, is unsafe,” Mike Braatz, senior
    vice president, Payments Risk Management Solutions, ACI Worldwide.
  *“Consumers want to engage in the battle against fraud. Financial
    institutions must take a proactive role in not only engaging customers in
    fraud-alerting activities, but educating them on preventative measures to
    take to most effectively combat it,” Shirley Inscoe, senior analyst, Aite
  *“Communication is key when it comes to financial institutions making
    customers aware of the tools available to fight fraud. This can have a big
    impact in customer satisfaction and loyalty,” Shirley Inscoe, senior
    analyst, Aite Group.

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Survey Methodology
ACI Worldwide conducted online quantitative market research via a March 2014
survey of 6,159 consumers; approximately 300 consumers, divided equally
between men and women, participated in each of the 20 countries. Of the total,
6,041 own one or more type of payment card (i.e., credit card, debit card,
prepaid card). The study was conducted in a total of 20 countries in the
following regions:

  *The Americas (North and South America): Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the
    United States
  *EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa): France, Germany, Italy, the
    Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab
    Emirates, and the United Kingdom
  *Asia-Pacific: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, and

About ACI Worldwide
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banking for more than 5,000 financial institutions, retailers, billers and
processors around the world. ACI software processes $13 trillion each day in
payments and securities transactions for more than 250 of the leading global
retailers, and 21 of the world’s 25 largest banks.Through our comprehensive
suite of software products and hosted services, we deliver a broad range of
solutions for payment processing; card and merchant management; online
banking; mobile, branch and voice banking; fraud detection; trade finance; and
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About Aite Group
Aite Group ( is an independent research and advisory firm
focused on business, technology, and regulatory issues and their impact on the
financial services industry. With expertise in banking, payments, securities &
investments, and insurance, Aite Group's analysts deliver comprehensive,
actionable advice to key market participants in financial services.
Headquartered in Boston with a presence in Chicago, New York, San Francisco,
London, and Milan, Aite Group works with its clients as a partner, advisor,
and catalyst, challenging their basic assumptions and ensuring they remain at
the forefront of industry trends.

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