UK: New SCA Rules Cause Retailers to Lose £4.3M Daily

May 4, 2022

In a recent study, Barclaycard Payments revealed that many businesses in the United Kingdom are losing out on revenue due to their non-compliance with the new Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) rules.The new regulations became mandatory on March 14th, 2022, as a response to the high number of online fraud committed in the UK, which amounts to £376 million annually. The failure to adhere to these new rules has cost merchants £130 million worth of sales.

This is a big change — the biggest since 2006, when Chip & Pin came into play globally. The new regulations stipulate that any transaction over £25 is to be subjected to SCA checks. Unfortunately for those businesses that have not prepared well for this change, this has signified a greater amount of transactions being declined.

The Importance of Customer Satisfaction

According to the data, two in five online businesses have not improved or introduced new payment technology on their business website for over two years. Those businesses that have complied with the new regulations, however, revealed the new technology has improved their customer’s experience at checkout. As well as giving the added convenience of being able to determine where and when basket abandonment takes place.

There is no need to add friction to the payment processing when complying with the new rules, as long as businesses deploy intelligent solutions at checkout.

Businesses can comply with SCA without adding additional layers of friction to the checkout by deploying intelligent solutions, which leverage an exemptions in the regulation owing to their highly sophisticated fraud checks

- Payments Cards and Mobile

Overhauling the whole process is not necessary, as the payment technology can be added to already existing payment processing systems. This helps reduce the risk of losing sales via basket abandonment and makes sure customers have a great checkout experience by making the process faster and more secure when buying online.

Businesses need to adhere to the new SCA rules and regulations if they want to stop losing revenue. These rules are in place to protect the customer and make it easier for them to shop without friction.

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