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Fraud August 15, 2013

How to detect a fake email account

We have all stumbled across that email name which has given us pause. Aside from possibly preventing individuals from getting a job, there are several serious issues that come with a non standard email name. While a typical email account might consist of johndoe@domain.com, j.doe@domain.com or john.doe@domain.com, an email account such as john2345doe@domain.com or jdsdfwe@domain.com immediately raises questions of legitimacy. While there are a few common creative tweaks to an email, such as putting a birth year or a number at the end such as Johndoe01 or johndoe1978, a randomly inserted group of numbers is highly irregular. Some might dismiss the email names as purely uncreative thinking or laziness at the time of naming, but often the answer is more insidious with potentially fraudulent results for companies as they add customers.

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Better Ecommerce August 12, 2013

The catastrophe of a customer data breach

It seems to happen so often these days that unless we are personally affected we don’t even blink an eye. Company wide data breaches happen when hackers steal personal customer information, and the disaster can alienate customers in the best of circumstances and destroy a company in the worst. Most of us have heard of the larger profile breaches, making nationwide news with each occurrence. But for a small business working hard to gain valuable customers one by one, the loss of customer information to online thieves can be devastating. A recent infographic by Bank of America, outlines the increase in attacks against small businesses.

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News & Media August 9, 2013

Signifyd and Indaba Group Announce Strategic Partnership

Today Signifyd and Indaba Group are announcing a strategic partnership. Both companies are Magento partners whose ecommerce platform serves more than 150,000 merchants World Wide.

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Fraud August 6, 2013

Proxy Server Detection

Welcome back for another entry in our series, “The top ten phrases in the fraud industry ( and what they really mean!)”. Today we are talking about Proxy Server Detection.

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News & Media August 4, 2013

Fraud Protection for Magento Merchants

Today we are announcing our launch in Magento Connect as a Silver industry partner. The Magento ecommerce platform serves more than 150,000 merchants World Wide. We are excited that Signifyd’s fraud prevention solution is now available to all Magento merchants.

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Fraud August 1, 2013

Device Fingerprinting

Welcome back for another entry in our series: The top 10 phrases used in the fraud industry (and an explanation of what they really mean!) Today we are talking about device fingerprinting, a method in which anti-fraud companies such as Signifyd tag specific devices (laptops, desktops, phones and tablets) used by fraudsters to disallow those devices from completing a purchase online.

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Fraud August 1, 2013

How social media is an online fraud deterrent

Online cyber gangs stealing credit card numbers and other important pieces of personal information have unfortunately made news more frequently as identity theft and online fraud continue their assent alongside the shift away from traditional brick and mortar shopping. As ecommerce sales continue to grow, validating an online customer has become an increasingly important task for internet retailers and few places are more important for validating those customers than social networks. But what and how are some of the ways that fraudsters are using and abusing social media? A quick story experienced by many people shows one method online criminals commonly use.

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Fraud July 27, 2013

“Why is this company calling me?!”

I was at work, sending emails, when my cell phone began to ring. I looked at the number and didn’t recognize it, but seeing as how I was in sales and I frequently give out my cell number to potential clients I picked up thinking it might be a prospect. To my surprise there was an employee from the online poker warehouse Discount Pokershop.com from whom I had recently placed an order. The women calling me was trying to verify my identity and double checking if I had indeed ordered what is now in hindsight a ridiculous amount of chips ($328.97 to be exact). After verifying that I had indeed purchased the chips the day before, I was reassured that I would receive shipment of my order in about a week.

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Fraud July 25, 2013

Cross Merchant Linking

Welcome back for another post on fraud terminology. As we dive into post #3 in our series on the top 10 fraud phrases used in the industry we want to thank you for your increased readership. We were happy to find our first blog post on Velocity Checks mentioned in the Merchant Risk Council biweekly newsletter, so Signifyd would like to give a shout out to the MRC for linking to us. Our last post was on reverse IP address checks, and today we will be tackling Cross Merchant Linking.

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Fraud July 21, 2013

The top 10 phrases used in the fraud industry

In our last post, we talked about Velocity. Today we are talking about reverse IP (internet protocol) address checks. If you have heard the term ‘IP’ before, but are not exactly sure what it means, the following explanation by Wikipedia really puts it in layman’s terms. IP Address: ‘A unique string of numbers separated by periods that identifies each computer attached to the Internet.’ By tracking an IP address, merchants can determine exactly where a consumer is located in world. Curious individuals can experiment with tracking IP addresses as well at this website. Determining the location of an individual by IP is a critical step in determining if a purchase is fraudulent. So without further delay let’s discuss reverse IP address checks.

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