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5 Scams Sneaking Into Social Media

You’re probably used to promotional posts slipping into your Twitter feed and personalized ads plastering the side panels of Facebook. You try not to notice them, the way you try to avoid ogling billboards on the freeway, but every now and then you simply give in and click. Proceed with caution. That unsolicited content you’ve […]

Gift Cards: The Cyberthief’s Best Friend

Evan Schuman is a guest contributor to the Sift Science blog. Has there ever been a happier partnership than a fraudster and his gift cards? It’s the perfect way to launder stolen funds while also getting a multi-day head start over law enforcement. Much of the reason involves how retailers handle—and, most critically, track—gift cards. Scenario: […]

16 Things Only Fraud Analysts Will Understand

Being a fraud or risk analyst comes with a lot of strange tasks, some interesting stories, great moments of relief, and some days that seem to never end. If you’ve ever spent your workday on the front lines of the fraud fight, maybe you can relate to some of these: 1. You didn’t plan on […]

What Went Wrong With EMV? So Much.

Evan Schuman is a guest contributor to the Sift Science blog. Already deployed in many places around the world—including Canada, Mexico, and much of Europe—EMV payments were supposed to modernize payment card security in the U.S. But guess what? They haven’t. There is still a fine chance that they will eventually be a huge fraud […]

“Fraudsters are building complex criminal machines”: Interview with Brian Krebs

What do the alleged hacks by Russia into databases of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the U.S. voting registrations mean for e-commerce merchants? While they’re not good news when it comes to preserving the integrity of our democracy, these hacks are also not a good sign for the security of your online retail business. According […]

Evaluate Your Fraud Approach With the Sift Science Analyze Page

You may already be using Sift Science Workflows to optimize fraud review, but are you giving  your fraud practices a regular health check? As your business scales, you may be left pondering questions like, “Should I be blocking lower?” or “Can I review fewer users without affecting the bottom line?” A powerful way to manage your […]

How Mobile Payments Can Win the Fraud Perception Game

Evan Schuman is a guest contributor to the Sift Science blog. When it comes to payment fraud fears and shopping behavior, there’s a big difference between what people say, and what they actually do. For example, studies show that debit card use is on the rise —despite the fact that the absence of zero liability protections for debit […]

Why Some Marketplaces Thrive and Others Fail [Q&A]

What do eBay, Etsy, Uber, Airbnb, and TaskRabbit have in common? They’re all well-known examples of online marketplaces, platforms that connect people who provide a product or service (sellers) with those looking to buy that product or service (buyers). But what does it take for a marketplace to thrive? We caught up with Angela Tran Kingyens of Version […]

All Marketplaces Should Be Concerned with Third-Party Fraud

Evan Schuman is a guest contributor to the Sift Science blog. One of the pitfalls with interpreting judicial decisions is that it’s easy to generalize—as in “this case means you had better no longer do X and Y”—whereas judges tend to be extremely specific (as in “this case with these exact players in these exact […]