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Press release: Euro Banking Association makes EBA Fraud Taxonomy publicly available

Published: Nov 2022

28th October 2022 – The Euro Banking Association (EBA) announced today that it has made publicly available the EBA Fraud Taxonomy, a pan-European taxonomy for payment fraud types. The taxonomy has been developed by the Association’s Expert Group on Payment Fraud-related Topics to support collective and individual fraud combatting efforts in the European payments ecosystem.

The EBA Fraud Taxonomy provides a simplified and straightforward framework to describe fraud scenarios related to all kinds of payments, including card transactions. It helps banks and other payment service providers to harmonise the categories they use for the description of fraud types.

“A common vocabulary for fraud types is an important prerequisite for sharing intelligence or data with your peers for fraud prevention and detection purposes,” says Thomas Egner, Secretary General of the EBA. “Our fraud taxonomy enables payments experts to identify the who, how and what of different fraud scenarios and to separate the contact methods used by fraudsters from the actual tricks they apply. As one of the pilot adopters has told us, this has already allowed them to develop better ways to educate and alert their customers about how fraudsters make contact.”

Where possible, the EBA Fraud Taxonomy uses definitions based on authoritative and publicly available sources; it is also aligned with the fraud definitions provided by the European Banking Authority Guidelines on Fraud Reporting under PSD2. First implementation initiatives involving the EBA Fraud Taxonomy have been started in different contexts – at PSP-individual, national and regional level – and for different use cases: fraud reporting, intelligence sharing and data sharing.

The EBA Fraud Taxonomy will be updated on a yearly basis. It is available via the EBA website at

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