How does CoP protect against APP fraud and misdirected payments?
Confirmation of Payee (CoP) is an industry-wide response to combat APP fraud in the UK and reduces the ways that fraudsters can dupe anyone into sending authorised payments into criminal accounts.
There are numerous ways we can be deceived into sending what we think is a genuine payment. For example, victims may receive a call from a fraudster, claiming to be from their bank, informing them that their account has been compromised and asking them to quickly transfer large sums of money, unbeknown to the victim, into the criminal’s account. Not just limited to calls, APP fraud can also take place via emails and social media.
CoP acts as a ‘Name Checking Service’, and allows the payer to check whether the name they’ve been provided matches the account number and sort code. This helps reduce APP fraud and payments from being accidentally sent to the wrong account due to human error.
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“Nevertheless, CoP’s implementation has shown a significant reduction in APP fraud (UK Finance’s 2023 report reveals it’s down 17% compared to 2021) and misdirected payments, enhancing customer experience and assurance in electronic payment initiation. This system, therefore, offers a promising future in pre-validating payment transactions to prevent fraud.”
-Edward Ireland, Commercial Product Director, Bottomline
Aite Novarica Impact Award 2022
Bottomline is honoured to be the winner for the Aite Novarica Impact Awards Best Digital Identity Verification Innovation.
The Card and Payments award 2022
Bottomline is honoured to be the winner for Best Security or Anti-Fraud Development for our Confirmation of Payee solution.
Open Banking Expo Awards 2021
Bottomline is honoured to be the winner for Best Banking- as- a-Service Solution for our Confirmation of Payee solution.
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How Bottomline Confirmation of Payee works
How we can help
Simple ‘switch on’ due to Open Banking credentials
Compatible with any payment scheme via our SaaS-based, API driven solution
Full on-boarding support with access to our sandbox
Multi-year roadmap to cover evolving phases and new functionality
Flexible and transparent
Pay-as-you-go model with no capex or compliance overhead
Our solution can be offered as an overlay service to the following payment types on new and modified payees:
Faster Payments (mandatory, if CoP subscriber)
CHAPS transfers (mandatory, if CoP subscriber)
Bacs Direct Debits and Direct Credits (optional at this stage)
There are no rules for Building Societies to opt-out. The most a Building Society can do is opt-out of outbound validations for their customers (if they can only send money to a nominated single, sometimes called a linked account).
In the UK, APP fraud accounted for losses totaling £479m in 2020 (Source: UK Finance), as payment scams increasingly moved online. However, only 25% of losses are ever recovered which highlights the urgency around implementing stronger preventative measures. CoP aims to minimise APP fraud and reduce the volume of payments that don’t reach the intended destination.
Organisations can only opt-out if they prove they have no customers or have nominated/ linked accounts. Any opt-out requests must be submitted to Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) for consideration. A Bank, etc., cannot simply assume their opt-out status.
The rule is whenever a new beneficiary is set up. However, we see some Banks re-validating after a period of x days, but this is their choice and not in the rules.
CoP uses Head Office Collections Account (HOCA), i.e., your central account and Secondary Reference Data (SDR). For Building Societies, this is a roll number. For Credit Cards, it is a PAN number, and for Mortgages, FX providers, etc., it may be a customer reference.
In short, whoever is registered at Companies House. This can vary by Bank, Building Society, etc. It’s worth validating/ double-checking that those noted have up-to-date details, as incorrect information has caused delays in some implementations.
We look for a daily file. Although, we have clients with more than one file per day. The intra-day RESTAPI takes 1.5 seconds to update.
In an Open Banking transaction, the customer consents to send a payment. This PISP (Payment Initiation Service Provider) payments are outside CoP requirements.
Pay.UK issues a rule book for the matching engine. Anyone can build their solution provided they follow this rule book and get certified against the simulator. They will also need to consider hardware costs, response dates, system availability, etc., in any self-build. The other value is that the rulebook needs to be followed to the letter by all parties. Some of the earlier parties are not yet doing this, and the vendors in the market compensate for these differences - that said, any self-build solution could go through the same exploration as the vendors encountered.
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