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ABA Deposit Account Fraud Survey

2017 Deposit Account Fraud Survey

With financial fraud on the rise, where does your bank stand in terms of losses, security, and other pressing issues—especially when challenged by the fraud potential of ID theft, account takeover, and technology-based delivery systems such as RDC and mobile apps?

The ABA Deposit Account Fraud Survey collects baseline information on check, debit card, and electronic payment fraud losses, and the actions taken by banks to reduce these losses. The survey examines the leading threats against deposit accounts, current and projected fraud losses, and other fraud-related topics both by overall industry trends and by bank asset size. 

2017 Highlights

Among the 2017 findings:

  • Fraud against bank deposit accounts cost the industry approximately $2.2 billion in losses in 2016, according to ABA estimates.
  • Debit card fraud—signature, PIN, and ATM combined—accounted for 58 percent of industry losses, followed by check fraud at 35 percent. The remaining 7 percent of loss were attributable to online banking/electronic transactions such as wire and ACH.
  • In addition to the estimated fraud loss amount, banks’ prevention measures stopped another $17 billion in fraudulent transactions.
  • Looking ahead, signature debit fraud remains the top threat for community, mid-sized, and regional banks in the next 12 months. Large banks see elevated fraud risk associated with the ATMs, checks, and bank call centers.

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2017 Report

Published: January 2018
Format: Hardcopy, softbound in color, 209 pp.

Catalog# 3016496
$ 800 List Price
$ 400 ABA Member Price


2015 Report

Published: January 2016
Format: Hardcopy, softbound in color, 196 pp.

Catalog# 3014151
$ 800 List Price
$ 400 ABA Member Price

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Prior Editions

The Deposit Account Fraud Survey Report is also available for the following years


Questions? Please contact Benchmarking and Survey Research or call 1-800-BANKERS (800-226-5377).