Australia plans to put Apple Pay and Google Pay under the same rules that apply to credit cards, NatWest is inviting customers into its branches for a tabletop game about the perils of financial scams and more.

Australia brings Apple Pay under general digital payments regulation

The government of Australia this month said it will begin to apply the same regulations that cover the country’s credit cards to Apple Pay, Google Pay and other digital payment services, Reuters reports. The move comes after digital wallets exploded in popularity without direct oversight by Australia’s payment regulators. Legislation to support the decision will be introduced this week, following the central bank’s decision last month to modernize its rules to encompass a range of mobile payment apps, including China’s WeChat Pay. Australia’s banks fought Apple Pay’s policy of refusing third-party access to its platform when the digital wallet was introduced nearly 10 years ago, but eventually the parties reached a compromise.

U.K. bank offers board game to teach customers about payment scams

NatWest, a leading U.K. bank, has developed a board game to educate consumers about various payment scams, after the bank saw a 41% increase in scams last year. All Mod Cons: The Board Game is available to play in select branches, where groups of four to six players try to get around the board without falling prey to the most popular bank account and payment card scams. Those include phishing, where fraudsters trick consumers into sharing usernames and passwords; impersonations where criminals pretend to represent the bank; and refund scams. NatWest said its research suggests 13% of British adults have been victimized by a scam within the past year, but 25% of adults are reluctant to admit to friends and family that they’ve been scammed.

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