n.exchange, a cryptocurrency exchange specialising in fiat on- and off-ramp to make crypto investment user-friendly, unveils its crypto purchase credit card fraud attempt figures for 2019-2021. Its campaign to combat credit card fraud in cryptocurrency highlights a significant rise in fraudulent purchase attempts by cybercriminals using stolen card details, most of which was perpetrated from countries in the Western hemisphere.
The most noteworthy data from n.exchange relates to geography, annual change, and the average value of attempted fraudulent purchases:
- Western fever: The top three countries from which fraudulent crypto purchases were attempted on n.exchange were all in the Western hemisphere—Canada, Costa Rica, and the UK.
- Fraud attempts are on the up: n.exchange recorded almost a threefold increase in attempted fraud in 2021 to date versus the whole of 2020: 3.7 per cent in 2020; and 10.1 per cent to date in 2021. [3.2 percent of all cryptocurrency transactions on its platform as credit card fraud attempts]
- Running up a tab: Cybercriminals attempted to fraudulently purchase €934 worth of cryptocurrency, on average, on n.exchange’s platform.
Between 2013 and 2019, credit card fraud totals more than doubled from just over $13 billion to $28 billion, according to a Nilson report. By 2021, the total is expected to balloon further to over $32 billion. With the cryptocurrency market expected to grow by a CAGR of 56.4 per cent between 2019 and 2025, and nearly 20 per cent of Bitcoin buyers using credit cards in 2018, credit card fraud for crypto purchases will rise.
n.exchange employs a wide range of complex and sophisticated data-driven tools and procedures to combat fraud, with very stringent three-tier verification measures for high-value and high-risk purchasers in order to identify and intercept fraud.
“The sharp increase in attempted fraud we’ve witnessed this year should be a reminder to both users and exchanges alike that credit card fraud and identity theft are a real and growing threat, and one that needs to be combatted on both sides,” said Gustavo De La Torre, Director of Business Development at n.exchange.
“Cybercriminals will continue to set the pace, so a two-pronged approach is vital; users need to protect themselves by practising good cyber-hygiene, while exchanges need to continuously revise their fraud protection measures to ensure they are current and fit for purpose in a threat landscape that is constantly evolving—a campaign n.exchange is firmly committed to by continuously optimising our own protocols and protections.”