With Growing Use of Same-Day ACH, Fraud Prevention Must Keep Up

Posted by Deborah Peace on Nov 14, 2018 9:30:00 AM

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How can financial institutions heighten security measures on transactions while guaranteeing consumers a faster payments process?

In August 2018, the volume of transfers via the ACH Network hit an all-time high – exceeding 2 billion transactions alone according to NACHA. Together, the value of those payments totaled $4.5 trillion, a 12 percent increase from the same time last year. These statistics prove consumers are increasingly using ACH payments for more regular, predictable transactions.

To keep up with demands, financial institutions need to take their payment processing abilities to the next level – and same-day ACH is the way to achieve this. But with the improved experience comes potential new challenges and liabilities that must be considered.

How It’s Growing

At this rate, financial institutions should realize that consumers will only increase their use of the ACH Network to make payments and transactions if it makes transferring funds quicker, safer and easier. NACHA credits the massive volume growth to two factors over the past year:

  • An influx in internet-initiated transactions, including bill payments and account-to-account transfers. This amount grew by 24 percent and makes up 27 percent of ACH Network’s total volume.
  • A rise in business-to-business payments, which rose 13 percent to comprise 16 percent of ACH Network’s total volume.

Together, these influences give banks and credit unions insight into where to designate resources and efforts moving forward in 2019, for example, investing in a fraud prevention solution that promotes automation and allows consumers more control over the detection, response and dispute process.

Financial institutions may also consider implementing a service that allows businesses to easily exchange payments with other businesses, as they often initiate regular payments between one another.


When financial institutions react to fraudulent activity, the employees use their best judgement to gauge which transactions to allow and which to prohibit. These processes require employees to spend time manually communicating the fraudulent activity to consumers, whether through phone calls or recorded messages.

Additionally, any lost funds lie with the financial institution. An actionable, online banking system reduces these liabilities using fraud prevention that empowers consumers to take action against unauthorized activity, rather than simply offering visibility over transactions.

How To Keep Up

In today’s modern banking environment, most consumers expect a solution that grants visibility over transactions, takes action against suspicious account activity and offers protection in the face of fraud.

To do this, institutions must first eliminate outdated, multi-step, manual processes that require an enormous amount of resources and time. These processes should be replaced with actionable fraud prevention tools that use intelligent automation and interactive technology, such as voice biometrics and SMS texts, to ensure safe, same-day ACH transfers. The power of automation grants financial institutions a new realm of account holder satisfaction and enhanced banking experiences while guarding consumer funds with the highest standard of security.

With 2019 right around the corner, banks and credit unions that take the extra step to evaluate their current fraud prevention solution to keep up with the ACH Network’s latest same-day ACH regulations now will also see the positive results in the future.

With a modern online banking system that uses single sign on capabilities combined with fraud prevention tools that leverage existing technologies, financial institutions can achieve long-term profitability, advantages among competitors, increased consumer satisfaction and a heavier hand in the fight against fraud.


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