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As online retail continues to flourish, the specter of policy abuse looms large, presenting a multifaceted challenge that eclipses traditional eCommerce fraud. In recent years, the surge in eCommerce revenues has been paralleled by a corresponding increase in fraudulent activities, as economic uncertainties compel consumers to test the boundaries of acceptable behavior, resulting in a myriad of policy abuses.

Unlike conventional fraud, where the determination of legitimacy is relatively straightforward, policy abuse resides in a gray area, blurring the lines of trust between merchants and consumers. Retailers are faced with the delicate task of balancing customer loyalty with the imperative to curtail exploitation, as the costs of policy abuse begin to outweigh the benefits of fostering customer relationships.

The Cycle of Policy Abuse:

Consider the narrative of John, a hypothetical customer on a fashion brand. John engages in various forms of abuse, such as falsely claiming non-delivery or reporting product defects, resulting in substantial financial losses for the merchant. Despite being flagged and blocked, John persists, resorting to creating new accounts with different credentials to evade detection and continue his deceptive practices. This cyclical pattern underscores the challenges faced by merchants in combating policy abuse effectively.
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In addition John may create multiple accounts for various reasons, such as forgetting passwords or updating his address, without any malicious intent. However, these actions inadvertently contribute to the challenge of distinguishing between legitimate and abusive behavior. Merchants must navigate this intricate landscape, where seemingly innocuous actions can blur the lines between genuine customer engagement and potential abuse. In such a scenario. Additionally, the implementation of a tracking pixel on the change password page and the ability to send an email to the customer if he forgot his password might be helpful in determining whether the customer really needs a new account or he simply forgot it.

FUGU solution’s , offers a post-checkout analysis that digs deeper into the reasons behind multiple account creations, enabling merchants to discern whether they stem from legitimate customer activities or indicative of policy abuse. By providing a nuanced understanding of customer behavior, FUGU empowers merchants to make informed decisions and strike the delicate balance between preventing abuse and fostering positive customer experiences.

Building Resilience and Recovery:

The core of the issue lies in the inadequacy of conventional approaches to monitoring and mitigating policy abuse. While merchants may attempt to identify and counteract abusive behavior, they often operate within silos, focusing on specific identifiers such as email addresses or credit cards. This myopic view fails to capture the holistic picture of customer behavior across the whole eCommerce industry.

To address this challenge, merchants must transition from account-level monitoring to shopper identity-level surveillance. By leveraging advanced technologies such as FUGU’S post checkout analysis identity-based clustering, merchants can discern patterns of abuse across disparate accounts and accurately attribute them to individual customers. This entails the integration of data enrichment tools, global transactional data networks, graph technology, and machine learning algorithms to gain comprehensive insights into customer behavior.

Post-Payment Monitoring a Crucial Component:

In the arsenal against policy abuse, post-payment monitoring emerges as a vital tool for merchants. By scrutinizing transactional data beyond the point of purchase, merchants can detect aberrant behavior and take proactive measures to mitigate potential losses. This proactive approach empowers merchants to stay ahead of evolving fraud tactics and safeguard their bottom line.

Business Case: Maximizing Return on Investment:

Consider a hypothetical scenario where an online retailer implements FUGUS identity-based post payment verification and risk score analysis to combat policy abuse. By accurately identifying and linking multiple accounts to individual customers, the retailer reduces instances of abuse and minimizes revenue leakage. As a result, the retailer not only preserves profit margins but also enhances customer trust and loyalty, ultimately driving sustainable growth and maximizing return on investment.

In conclusion, the battle against policy abuse necessitates a holistic approach that transcends traditional fraud prevention measures. By embracing advanced technologies and adopting a proactive stance, merchants can fortify their resilience against policy abuse, protect their bottom line, and foster enduring customer relationships in an increasingly complex eCommerce landscape.