Pay.UK, the independent, not-for-profit operator of the UK’s national retail payments system, is celebrating a significant Confirmation of Payee’ milestone. Specifically, the service has now reached two billion checks.

CoP is an account name-checking service designed to help reduce misdirected payments. Moreover, it provides greater assurance that payments are being sent to the intended account holder.

The service was introduced in 2020. It prompts users to verify that the name they input matches the name on the account receiving the payment. If the names do not match, the banking customer is alerted and informed of the associated risks of proceeding with a payment when a match cannot be confirmed.

Since its launch, over 100 organisations have already implemented CoP. More than 1.9 million checks are completed every day. This widespread adoption of the service, and the Payment System Regulator’s mandate for over 350 organisations to join CoP in 2024, are testament to the value of the service and its recognised importance as an anti-fraud tool.

Banks, PSPs, regulators combine to reduce overall fraud trend

Industry data shows that fraud fell in the first six months of 2023. This represents a decrease of 2% compared to the same period the previous year. APP fraud, a type of fraud specifically targeted by CoP, has also seen a 1% fall compared to the same period the previous year.

This demonstrates that the preventative measures introduced by banks, PSPs and regulators have a positive effect on the overall fraud trend.

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Kate Frankish, Chief Business Development Officer and Anti-Fraud Lead, Pay.UK, said: “Two billion checks is not only a significant milestone. It provides unequivocal evidence on the key role CoP plays in protecting customers from becoming victims of fraud. The service has been instrumental in reducing fraud and misdirected payments. As we move forward, we remain committed to developing innovative solutions to stay ahead of fraudsters and protect end-users in the ever-changing digital and payments landscape.

PSR mandatory reimbursement framework

“October this year will see the Payment System Regulator’s (PSR) new mandatory reimbursement framework for APP fraud put into action. This will change the way consumers are reimbursed when fraud is committed against them. The sending bank is liable to refund the victim within five days. The receiving bank is then liable to refund 50% to the sending bank. This regulation has driven the focus on ways to prevent fraud in the first case, of which CoP is one of the multi-layered solutions in the market.

“CoP has played a significant role in reducing fraud and misdirected payments. We remain committed to developing innovative solutions to stay ahead of fraudsters and protect end-users in the ever-changing digital and payments landscape.”