But more mobile apps means more opportunities for fraud. Although mobile-specific fraud threats have been around for a while, there are still several misconceptions with regard to preventing mobile app fraud.
Myth #1: “Even if a fraud attack does happen on my mobile app, it probably wouldn’t have much impact on my business.”
Reality: Mobile app fraud can cause severe financial losses and significantly damage your business’ reputation.
Fraudsters can greatly increase the scale of their attacks on mobile apps by using specific tools and techniques. One of the most popular fraud tools are emulators. Last year, researchers uncovered a massive emulator farm where a single emulator was used to mimic more than 8,000 devices and drain millions of dollars from mobile banking accounts in a matter of days.
Mobile fraud prevention solutions can also save you time. Though manual reviews continue to play an important role in fraud prevention, they might be costing your team more time and effort than they should. Solutions that are powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning can recommend and make decisions in real time, thus greatly reducing the need for manual reviews.
Myth #3: “It’s enough to prevent fraud at the payment checkpoint since that’s where money is lost.”
Reality: Fraud can happen at any point along the user journey.
Although payment fraud is arguably one of the more common fraud types on mobile apps, attacks aren’t just limited to transactions.
As fraudsters come up with increasingly creative ways to attack and defraud mobile apps, focusing on the payment window alone is no longer enough. To protect your mobile ecosystem from end to end, a more holistic fraud prevention approach is required.
Myth #4: “Integrating a mobile fraud prevention solution can take up a lot of engineering effort and resources.”
Reality: Modern fraud prevention solutions are lightweight and quick to integrate.
Preventing fraud on your mobile app might be no easy feat, but modern fraud prevention solutions have straightforward integration processes, allowing businesses to get them up and running in minutes.
This said, depending on factors such as the size of your company, product roadmap, and customisation requirements, integration times can vary. Even if this is the case for your business, most mobile app fraud prevention solutions can be integrated in stages.
Changing Attitudes Towards Mobile App Fraud Prevention
It’s normal for businesses to have misconceptions such as these about mobile app fraud. After all, the mobile environment is still in its infancy when compared to its web counterpart. However, as long as these myths persist, mobile fraudsters will continue to outpace mobile businesses.