There are small-ish online payments (like paying the utility bills, gym subscription, groceries, medications, etc.) — and then there are the big ones. Anybody might face the need to send a huge sum of money online — to pay for a child’s tuition abroad, to purchase some assets to invest in some business, you name the reason. As a matter of fact, millions of people transfer billions of dollars over the internet annually.
How are such big electronic money payments made? How to ensure these are safe transactions? What can an anti-fraud system do to protect big-money transfers? Let’s find out in this article.
5 types of big-money transfers online
There is an old $10,000 Rule instated by Bank Secrecy Act from 1970-es and amended by the PATRIOT Act, which states that money deposits (and transfers) over $10K should be additionally checked to prevent funding terrorism and other illegal activity.
There are 5 possibilities to send big sums of money online:
- Bank-to-bank transfers
- Wire transfers
- Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers
- Cash-to-cash transfers
- Prepaid debit cards
We describe the benefits and use cases for each approach below.
Most banks in the USA, Europe, and the UK allow sending big sums of money from one IBAN account to another. You can order a big transfer online, over the phone, or in-person by visiting the delivery bank. Transaction fees apply depending on the payment sum, and sometimes it seems that sending many small transfers yourself can be cheaper than ordering one big-money transaction through the bank. But that is not always the case, so check the pricing with your bank before going this route.
You can do a wire transfer from one card to another with most banks. However, transactions exceeding some preset limit cannot be done by a customer. These must be executed by a bank employee after checking the sender’s account with an anti-fraud tool.
Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers
With ACH, a trusted intermediary processes the transfer between two linked banks. The Federal Reserve Bank processes more than 66% of ACH transactions in the US, for example. Such transfers are free of charge but are possible only between linked banks.
If the financial organization has its branches all over the world, it is possible to perform cash-to-cash transfers instead of digital ones. You deposit the needed sum and the recipient withdraws it. Western Union, MoneyGram, Payoneer, and PayPal are just some examples of this service. Note, that sending big sums of money this way may raise questions from authorities.
Prepaid debit cards
A popular offer for shopping or paying for various services, prepaid debit cards allow people to deposit a sum of money to a bank account and issue a prepaid card for the receiver. There can be activation or monthly fee, so it’s better to use all the funds on the card quickly.
As you can see, there are several ways to perform electronic money transfers, as well as a couple of cash-to-cash options. But how do you protect big-money transfers online?
Covery — a reliable anti-fraud solution
As with any other transactions, transfers of big sums of money have to comply with various regulations, have to undergo KYC/AML checks, and ensure they are not a part of a fraudulent scheme. Sounds all too familiar for Covery users, doesn’t it?
This is why Covery can be a great choice for any EMI or electronic money institution planning to support big-money transfers worldwide. As end-to-end risk management and anti-fraud platform, Covery uses device fingerprinting, behavioral analysis, supervised Machine Learning, and Trustchain reputational records to verify every such transfer is indeed a safe transaction.
Contact us and order a free demo to learn more about the value Covery can deliver for your business!