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For online fraudsters who spend all year hiding behind masks, Halloween is just business as usual. Fraudsters who obtain stolen credit card details and hide behind makeshift email accounts are especially fond of digital goods, because of their high resale value and instantaneous over-the-web delivery. These goods, mainly digital gift cards, airline and event tickets tend to attract the most sophisticated and devious fraudsters.

Over the course of several years, Riskified reviewed millions of orders, including many instances of obvious and subtle fraud. Below, we lay out some of the most common ‘‘tricks” we’ve identified which fraudsters use to swindle retailers. These includes tips on shady order elements to look for, as well as methods used by fraud rings that our in-house tools were able to identify, and which we think merchants should be aware of as they track and review orders.

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Anyone who has ever played or watched a poker game knows that any money one side wins is money that their opponents lose (trust me when I say from experience that when losing money playing poker the same concept applies, only in reverse). This is a classic example of a “zero-sum” game, in which one player’s loss is another player’s gain.

In this post, I use poker as an analogy to explain why false positive declines – the unfortunate mistake of rejecting legitimate orders due to suspected fraud – are especially devastating for merchants selling digital goods such as gift cards and e-tickets.

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With record breaking holiday sales, 2015 ended on a high note for eCommerce merchants. As more people come online around the world, global online purchases are projected to more than double to $3.551 trillion by 2019. In the following post, we cover the key trends eCommerce merchants should look out for in 2016, along with relevant fraud management advice.


Mobile Commerce (mCommerce) Continues To Rise

Mobile commerce, also known as mCommerce, is on the rise, and will only continue growing in importance in 2016.  In the US alone, mCommerce sales last year were estimated to total more than $100 billion, and accounted for 22% of all retail eCommerce sales. According to eMarketer, US consumers bought an estimated $48 billion worth of goods and services using mobile devices in 2015, a 32% increase over the previous year. In other markets, mCommerce is even more popular. In 2015, mobile sales accounted for 46% of all retail eCommerce sales in South Korea and for over 50% of all retail eCommerce sales in China.

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