Munich, June 13, 2011 – FICO (NYSE:FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced that with recent contract signings its FICO™ Falcon© Fraud Manager solution will protect about one in three of the estimated 30 million credit cards in Germany, and a similar share of credit cards in Austria and Switzerland. As of autumn 2011 FICO Falcon Fraud Manager will safeguard 8.8 million German cards against attempted fraud. In spring 2012, this figure will rise to 9.7 million cards profiting from FICO´s exceptional expertise in card fraud detection.
In addition to Germany, FICO has emerged as a leading provider of fraud detection in the neighbouring countries Austria and Switzerland. As of this autumn, FICO Falcon Fraud Manager will protect 1.2 million credit cards in Austria and 2 million cards in Switzerland. Card issuers using FICO Falcon Fraud Manager include Bayern Card-Services GmbH-S-Finanzgruppe, Degussa Bank GmbH, Swisscard AECS AG und UBS Card Center AG.
Phillip Sertel, FICO’s senior director for DACH and Central and Eastern Europe, said: “Within the last two years, the number of credit cards in Germany has significantly increased, and the growing adoption of credit cards as a preferred payment vehicle has attracted fraudsters. Banks are now facing the challenge of cutting down fraud without jeopardizing the trust in card payment. FICO Falcon Fraud Manager is tailored exactly to meet these demands. The solution enables card issuers to identify previously undetected fraud patterns and at the same time keep an eye on the customer relationship.”
“Card portfolios require predictive analytics to ensure that the foundation of each transaction is irrefutable,” said Brian Riley, senior research director for bank cards at the industry analyst firm TowerGroup. “The availability of globally recognized fraud management products in the German market provides regional issuers with proven tools for mitigating fraud risk.”
FICO™ Falcon® Fraud Manager 6 is the most accurate and comprehensive solution for detecting payment card fraud, reducing losses by up to 50%. Around the world, 17 of the top 20 credit card issuers rely on the FICO Falcon system to protect transactions for more than 2 billion active card accounts. About 65 per cent of worldwide credit cards are protected by the fraud detection system Falcon.
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