Digital Transactions reports today that in 2009, in an effort to reduce credit card fraud, Visa will provide cardholders the ability to be instantly notified via email or text message of any usage of their debit, credit or ATM card. The service is in beta with a number of U.S. and Canadian banks.
The system will allow users to set transaction amount notification thresholds. If a transaction is suspicious users can immediately call a 800 number to report it. Today it takes 98 days on average to detect identify theft and 72 days for bank card fraud (Javelin Research).
This type of notification service has the potential to dramatically reduce that. So in short, Visa is shifting fraud screening and prevention costs to cardholders. Nice work Visa.