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High-quality data is the backbone of an effective fraud detection and prevention strategy. As payment fraud becomes increasingly complex, data helps companies unravel the risks, patterns, and anomalies that make up payment fraud. While collecting the data itself is important, payment fraud analytics assist companies in understanding and deriving valuable insights from the raw data. That’s what fuels the most impactful decisions that mitigate risks, safeguard assets, and drive secure growth. 

Let’s explore the key components of payment fraud analytics so your company can invest in the right solution for your specific needs.  

Payment fraud analytics and measuring risk

Payment fraud occurs when a fraudster obtains sensitive payment information from customers or businesses and uses it for financial gain. While this often happens during data breaches, it can also occur as an isolated event.

An organization’s ability to measure risk determines its ability to proactively identify and prevent payment fraud before it happens. Data and advanced analytics play a crucial role in proactively addressing payment fraud risks in real time. 

When risk is assessed inaccurately, it can lead to high false positive rates, meaning trusted customers face unnecessary friction. This hurts customer retention and stunts business growth. Inaccurate risk identification can also lead to high rates of fraud, leading to financial losses and reputational damage for companies. Advanced fraud analytics with accurate risk measuring dynamically applies the right amount of friction to prevent fraudulent activities while driving secure growth with your trusted customers.  

Key components of payment fraud analytics

Payment fraud analytics can differ across various solutions depending on the specific features and software architecture. Sift’s Digital Trust & Safety Platform consists of the following essential components. 

1. Data collection and aggregation

Payment fraud analytics begin by collecting data from various sources, such as customer transactions and relevant databases. The solution creates a comprehensive dataset using historical and current data, establishing baselines and detecting unusual patterns or outliers.

Once the payment fraud data is collected, data aggregation consolidates the diverse data points into a holistic view of transactions and patterns. Through effective aggregation, the analytics solution can distill meaningful insights, uncover hidden relationships, and enhance the accuracy of fraud detection algorithms. This process enables a more meaningful examination of the collected data, contributing to a robust and proactive approach to identifying and preventing payment fraud.

2. Machine learning and predictive modeling

Machine learning algorithms analyze historical data patterns related to payment fraud. By learning from extensive datasets, these algorithms can detect subtle fraud indicators that would go unnoticed during manual reviews. Predictive models use this analysis to forecast future fraud risks, empowering organizations to proactively address potential threats before they happen. 

The effectiveness of these algorithms and models relies on the diversity and quality of the data inputs. Sift’s Digital Trust & Safety Platform, for example, uses a global data network that ingests more than one trillion events per year. The network identifies new attack patterns within 250 milliseconds. If fraudsters target one Sift customer, the data is instantly integrated into our machine learning models to identify and prevent the same type of attack from happening to another customer. 

3. Real-time monitoring

Real-time monitoring allows for immediate responses to suspicious activity, minimizing vulnerability. Beyond monitoring transactions, data from diverse sources, such as merchants and industries, is ingested. This multi-source approach enhances risk decisions by offering a comprehensive understanding of contextual factors influencing each transaction. Integrating diverse data streams in real-time not only boosts the precision of fraud detection but also enables organizations to stay ahead of emerging threats and swiftly address potential risks in a dynamic digital environment.

4. Rules-based systems

Rules-based systems use predefined criteria to detect potential fraud, operating on established rules crafted from parameters like transaction thresholds, user behavior, or patterns linked to fraudulent activities. These rules can trigger alerts for large transactions, deviations from regular user behavior, or recurring patterns suggestive of fraud.

While rules offer a structured fraud detection approach, the best rules-based systems can still use Dynamic Friction to customize the user experience. Dynamic Friction incorporates adaptive security measures based on real-time risk factors, ensuring a responsive and context-aware fraud prevention approach. Balancing a stringent rule set with flexible customizations helps companies promptly identify and mitigate potential fraud risks while ensuring a positive customer experience.

5. Behavioral analysis

Behavioral analysis, a sophisticated fraud prevention approach, examines user or entity patterns and habits to detect anomalies suggesting potential fraud. Considering factors like transaction history, geographical location, device information, and time of day, this method establishes a baseline of normal behavior. The system can then effectively identify deviations, such as atypical transaction frequency or unusual login patterns, going beyond static rules. 

Behavioral analysis adapts to evolving user behaviors, providing a dynamic and context-aware strategy for real-time flagging of suspicious activities. This nuanced understanding of user habits enhances fraud detection precision by focusing on behavioral deviations indicating potential fraudulent intent.

Making sense of the data with a payment fraud solution

In 2022, U.S. businesses faced a staggering loss of $1.59 billion due to payment fraud. Recognizing the risk associated with payment fraud is the first step in safeguarding your organization’s financial integrity, reputation, and customer base. By investing in payment fraud analytics, you can enable your company to stay one step ahead of emerging threats and proactively prevent payment fraud. 

Sift’s Payment Protection solution proactively identifies and blocks risky transactions, using Dynamic Friction to expertly apply the right amount of friction to the user experience. The solution minimizes manual intervention by investigating complex trends in real time, instantly stopping cybercriminals in their tracks, and improving the customer experience for trusted customers.

Sift’s unique approach ensures accurate analysis and decision-making, catering to businesses of all sizes and across diverse industries. With a data network representing one trillion annual global events and 5 million monthly fraud decisions, Sift stands as the most comprehensive payment fraud analytics platform, essential for safeguarding your business.

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