Category Archives: Account Validation

  1. Aug 2023


    Unraveling the Surge in Fraudulent Payments: The Vital Role of Account Ownership Verification

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    Unraveling the Surge in Fraudulent Payments: The Vital Role of Account Ownership Verification


    Over the past few years, organizations have witnessed an alarming increase in fraudulent payment attempts. Criminals have become well-versed at exploiting vulnerabilities in payment systems. As the reliance on online transactions grows, so does the risk of falling victim to fraudulent activities. To safeguard against this, businesses must take proactive measures to protect their payment processes. One indispensable tool in the fight against fraud is the verification of bank accounts and ownership. By implementing robust account ownership verification measures, businesses can significantly reduce the risk of fraudulent transactions and protect their customers’ financial security.


    The Surge of Fraudulent Payments

    In recent years, the volume of fraudulent payment attempts has soared, posing a significant threat to businesses across various sectors. Several factors contribute to this concerning trend:

    Advancements in Technology: As technology evolves, so do the tools and techniques available to cybercriminals. From sophisticated attacks to elaborate phishing schemes, fraudsters continually find new ways to exploit weaknesses in systems.

    Man-in-the-middle attacks (MITM): In a MITM attack, a cybercriminal intercepts and relays communication between two parties, without their knowledge. The attacker positions themselves between the sender and the recipient, effectively eavesdropping on the information being exchanged. By impersonating both parties, the attacker can manipulate the communication, steal sensitive data, or even inject malicious content into the exchange. 

    Account Takeover (ATO): In an ATO attack, fraudsters gain unauthorized access to a user’s account, either through phishing, credential stuffing (using automated tools to try various username and password combinations), or other means. They may then use the account to make purchases or steal sensitive information.

    Phishing: Fraudsters send deceptive emails or messages that appear to be from legitimate sources, such as banks or payment providers, to trick users into revealing their login credentials, credit card information, or other sensitive data.

    Increased Digital Transactions: The convenience and ease of online transactions have led to a surge in digital payments, providing fraudsters with a broader landscape to target victims.


    The Importance of Verifying Bank Accounts and Ownership

    To combat the mounting threat of fraudulent payments, businesses must prioritize the verification of bank accounts and ownership. Here’s why it’s crucial:

    Identity Verification: Account ownership verification ensures that the individual initiating the transaction is the rightful account holder, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized transactions.

    Real-Time Detection: By employing real-time verification processes, businesses can promptly detect and prevent fraudulent activities before they can cause damage.

    Compliance and Risk Management: Verification of bank accounts and ownership aligns with regulatory compliance and risk management protocols such as NACHA and AML, safeguarding the business from potential legal and financial consequences.


    The Role of Account Ownership Verification

    Lyons Account Ownership Authentication plays a pivotal role in combating fraudulent payments. This powerful solution empowers businesses to verify the ownership of bank accounts, ensuring that each transaction is legitimate and authorized.

    Lyons Account Ownership Authentication leverages the national shared database to verify against the largest dataset in the US. By integrating with existing payment systems, this provides businesses with real-time insights into potential fraud, enabling swift action to prevent unauthorized transactions.

    If you’re interested in learning more about routing number verifications or our RTN verification product, please contact our sales department at

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  2. Aug 2023


    Enhancing ACH Processing with Account Verification Solutions

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    Enhancing ACH Processing with Account Verification Solutions


    In the fast-paced world of financial transactions, payment processors are at the forefront of ensuring accuracy, security, and efficiency. With the rise of digital payments, the need for robust verification solutions has never been more critical. Lyons Commercial Data, a leader in providing actionable intelligence for ACH and paper check transactions, offers a comprehensive suite of services that cater to these needs, including account verification, bank account ownership verification, and routing number verification.


    The iBankRegistry Database: A Comprehensive Solution

    The Lyons Commercial Data iBankRegistry database contains up-to-date information on all U.S. and Canadian financial institutions. By utilizing this data in ACH processing, organizations can save time and money by reducing returns due to inaccurate data entry and fraud. 


    Account Verification Service: Identifying High-Risk Payments

    Lyons Commercial Data’s Account Verification Service is a powerful tool that allows ACH processors to identify payments with a high risk of return or a history of fraudulent activity. 


    Benefits of Account Verification in Payment Processing

    • Accuracy: By verifying routing numbers and account details, ACH processors can minimize errors and reduce returns, leading to a smoother transaction process.
    • Security: Identifying potentially fraudulent activity early in the transaction process helps safeguard against financial crimes and protect both the processor and the end customer.
    • Compliance: Ensuring that all transactions adhere to regulatory requirements is vital in maintaining trust and integrity in the financial system. Lyons Commercial Data’s solutions are designed to align with compliance standards such as the NACHA WEB Debit Account Validation rule.
    • Efficiency: Automated verification processes speed up transactions, enhance customer experience, and allow payment processors to handle more transactions without compromising quality.


    Why ACH Processors Need These Services

    • Mitigating Risk: In an industry where accuracy and security are paramount, having robust verification tools helps reduce risks associated with fraudulent activities and inaccurate data.
    • Enhancing Operational Efficiency: Automated verification solutions streamline operations, allowing payment processors to focus on core business activities.
    • Building Customer Trust: Payment processors can develop and maintain trust with their clients by ensuring that every transaction is processed accurately and securely.

    Integrating account verification, bank account ownership verification, and routing number verification into ACH processing is not just a trend but a necessity in today’s digital financial landscape. Lyons Commercial Data’s comprehensive solutions provide payment processors with the tools they need to excel in this competitive market.

    By leveraging these services, ACH processors can ensure accuracy, enhance security, comply with regulatory requirements, and improve operational efficiency. The result is a more robust and resilient payment processing system that benefits the processors and their clients.

    For organizations looking to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of payment processing, Lyons Commercial Data’s iBankRegistry database and Account Verification Service offer a pathway to success. Contact Lyons Commercial Data today to explore how these solutions can transform your payment processing operations.

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  3. Jul 2023


    Streamlining Account Verification & Compliance for Banks & Credit Unions

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    Account Verification & Compliance for Banks & Credit Unions

    In an increasingly digital world, the banking and credit union industry faces the challenge of ensuring secure and efficient account verification, bank account ownership verification, and routing number verification. Lyons Commercial Data, a leading provider of data verification tools since 1989, offers integrated solutions to address these challenges, enhancing financial institutions’ due diligence and risk mitigation processes.


    How Lyons Commercial Data Helps Streamline Account Verification & Compliance for Banks & Credit Unions


    Lyons Commercial Data’s services are designed to help banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions mitigate risk, ensure compliance, and streamline operations. Our tools are particularly beneficial for organizations seeking to comply with the U.S. Patriot Act, Customer Identification Program (CIP), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements.

    One of the primary services offered by Lyons Commercial Data is routing number verifications. This service allows financial institutions to quickly verify current and previously used ABA routing numbers, thereby reducing the number of administrative returns entered into the ACH Network. This is crucial for NACHA compliance.

    In addition to routing number verification, Lyons Commercial Data provides account verification services. Using real-time account verification search tools, these services can significantly decrease returns by 50% or more. This improves the efficiency of transactions and enhances the security of financial operations, protecting the institution and its customers from potential fraud.

    Lyons Commercial Data also offers sanction list screening services. Our advanced algorithm provides flexible and reliable results, helping financial institutions avoid conducting business with blocked or prohibited parties.

    Moreover, Lyons Commercial Data supports payment processing by providing up-to-date data on U.S. and Canadian financial institutions. This service includes accurate domestic financial institution data such as current and historical ABA, ACH, Wire routing number information, and much more.  Data is provided via a Web API, file-based download, or a browser-based search tool.

    The Importance Of Account Verification & Compliance 


    By using real-time account verification tools, a business can significantly reduce operational costs, improve customer experience, and enhance the ability to detect and prevent fraudulent activities. Solutions like those offered by Lyons Commercial Data are beneficial and essential for the modern banking and credit union industry.

    Lyons Commercial Data offers a comprehensive suite of services that can significantly enhance account verification, bank account ownership verification, and routing number verification processes for banks and credit unions. By leveraging these tools, financial institutions can ensure compliance with various regulatory requirements and enhance their risk mitigation processes, which help protect their business from potential financial loss.

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  4. Jun 2023


    Unraveling Payroll Fraud: Protecting Your Business and Employees

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    In the corporate world, payroll fraud is an unfortunate reality that can have devastating consequences for both businesses and employees. It involves the deliberate manipulation or misappropriation of payroll processes for personal gain. Payroll fraud can occur in various forms, ranging from ghost employees and inflated hours to unauthorized changes in salary or benefits. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of payroll fraud, its impact, and effective measures to prevent and detect such fraudulent activities.


    Understanding Payroll Fraud

    Payroll fraud is a deceptive practice that exploits weaknesses in payroll systems and processes. It can be perpetrated by internal employees, external scammers, or even a collaboration between the two. Common forms of payroll fraud include:

    Ghost Employees: Creating fictitious employees on the payroll and channeling their wages to the fraudster’s account.

    Time Theft: Overstating work hours, buddy punching (when an employee clocks in or out on behalf of a co-worker) or manipulating time-tracking systems.

    Unauthorized Overtime: Inflating overtime hours or claiming overtime pay without having worked the extra hours.

    Salary and Commission Manipulation: Illegally modifying salary or commission rates to gain more money.

    Benefit Fraud: Misrepresenting dependents, health insurance coverage, or other benefit-related information to obtain additional compensation.


    Impact of Payroll Fraud

    Payroll fraud can have severe consequences for businesses and employees alike:

    Financial Loss: Businesses can suffer significant financial losses due to misappropriated funds, unauthorized payments, or inflated payroll expenses.

    Reputational Damage: Incidents of payroll fraud can tarnish a company’s reputation, eroding trust among clients, partners, and employees.

    Legal Consequences: Organizations may face legal ramifications, including fines, penalties, and legal battles with affected employees or regulatory authorities.

    Employee Distrust: Payroll fraud can create an atmosphere of distrust among employees, leading to decreased morale and job dissatisfaction.

    Compliance Breaches: Fraudulent payroll practices can result in non-compliance with tax laws, labor regulations, and industry standards.


    Preventing and Detecting Payroll Fraud

    While it may be impossible to eliminate the risk of payroll fraud, implementing robust prevention and detection measures such as Lyons’ account verification and account ownership verification services, can significantly reduce its occurrence:

    Segregation of Duties: Establish a clear segregation of duties to ensure no single employee has control over all aspects of the payroll process. Assign separate individuals for payroll preparation, approval, and verification.

    Regular Audits and Reviews: Conduct regular internal and external audits of payroll processes and records to identify any anomalies or inconsistencies.

    Strong Internal Controls: Implement strong internal controls, such as password-protected systems, restricted access to payroll databases, and dual authorization for significant changes.

    Employee Verification: Maintain accurate employee records, conduct background checks, and periodically review and validate employee information.

    Fraud Awareness and Training: Educate employees about common payroll fraud schemes, warning signs, and reporting mechanisms. Encourage a culture of transparency and zero tolerance for fraudulent activities.

    Technology and Automation: Leverage payroll software and automated systems to streamline processes, reduce manual errors, and enhance transparency.  Lyons can integrate to most any payroll system and we can verify employee information in under a second!

    Regular Reconciliation: Reconcile payroll accounts regularly, comparing payroll records with attendance logs, employee contracts, and other relevant data sources.

    Whistleblower Hotline: Establish a confidential reporting mechanism, such as a whistleblower hotline, to encourage employees to report suspicious activities without fear of reprisal.

    Payroll fraud poses a significant threat to businesses, employees, and overall organizational integrity. By being vigilant, implementing robust controls, and maintaining an ethical work environment, businesses can minimize the risk of payroll fraud and protect their business and employees.



    Alex Buffington

    Director of Sales – Lyons Commercial Data

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