Falcon International Bank Introduces Identity Theft Prevention Program (April 14, 2008)
Falcon International Bank Introduces Identity Theft Prevention Program (April 14, 2008)Bank Partners with SHAZAM to Prevent Fraud - As printed in Laredo Morning Times - April 12, 2008
In an effort to protect its customers from identity theft and fraud, Falcon International Bank is implementing a powerful system to monitor account activity. The prosperous south Texas bank has partnered with SHAZAM, a company well known for providing vigorous technical and operational support for financial institutions. Effective immediately, Falcon will be utilizing SHAZAM's Risk Assessment, Detection And Response tool, (R.A.D.A.R), to protect account holders. Customers need only to provide Falcon with current contact information.
"Protecting our customers is one of the top priorities at Falcon," says Falcon Senior Executive Vice President, Ana P. Valdez. "If suspicious activity is detected on your debit card, you will be contacted by Falcon International Bank, or by a SHAZAM fraud specialist calling on our behalf, to verify the transactions in question."
Falcon's actions are well advised. Numerous studies have shown Texas, in terms of victims per capita, is a top state for identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission, more than 26,000 Texans were victims of identity theft in 2006. Gartner, Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company, claims the number of identity theft victims in the U.S. has increased by more than 50 percent since 2003. "All sensitive electronic data needs to be protected," says Gartner Vice President and analyst Avivah Litan. "Enterprises should be aware that the low hanging fruit for the criminals is electronic card and checking account numbers, as well as user IDs and passwords for online financial accounts."
SHAZAM R.A.D.A.R services include threshold reporting, which tracks unusual or high-risk activity, address verification, and card authorization services. Its fraud alert services are supported through MasterCard, which monitors all Cirrus ®and Maestro ® PIN transactions. And since SHAZAM is Falcon's electronic funds transfer network, it is already a trusted partner. For more information, go to www.shazam.net.
Based in Laredo, Falcon International Bank has 16 branches, including locations in San Antonio, McAllen, Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Del Rio and Buda, with a Loan Production Office (LPO) in Harlingen and Representative Offices in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico. Current assets are in excess of $870 million. In 2007, Falcon was named the 115th largest Hispanic-owned company in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine, and the National Banking Association has recognized Falcon as the top-performing bank in their membership for a consecutive four years. For more information, log on to www.falconbank.com.