Stripe’s new Radar fraud detection tool

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stripeOnline payments provider Stripe has introduced a new suite of modern tools called Stripe Radar, to prevent fraud, fully integrated with their payments flow.

The thinking behind Stripe is that too often retailers turn down business with blanket bans to protect against fraud. For instance you might decide to block all credit cards from Nigeria on the basis that the country has previously had a terrible reputation for fraud. Today however there are plenty of well off honest Nigerians who may wish to purchase from you. Likewise a blanket ban on pre-paid credit cards may lose you plenty of legitimate business.

Stripe reckon that almost half of all US consumers have made a purchase with their card through the Stripe network. They can leverage their data of purchase patterns, IP addresses and other signals to determine the risk of any particular transaction. False positives, events when a card is declined for the wrong reason, are missed sales for retailer and Stripe Radar aims to return the decision making power to the retailer.

With Stripe Radar you could for example choose to block the most risky transactions, but choose to allow borderline transactions to proceed. Of course this will vary by business model, but someone selling greetings cards is probably a lower risk for fraud than someone selling the latest iPhone and the acceptable risk profile will be different.

Stripe Radar is intended to allow retailers to stop imposing blanket bans, for instance there’s no need to block all international transactions which can seriously inhibit business growth, Stripe Radar can allow the majority of safe international transactions to proceed whilst flagging the most risky transactions for review.

One Response

  1. when was the decision taken out of retailers hands?
    it was the retailers decision to blanket-ban Nigeria et al. from experience.

    so with stripe its still the retailers decision, and if stripe aint backing their advice up with some kind of protection, then Nigeria shall remain banned for the forseeable future.

    – Retailers want this decision taken out of their hands. otherwise, they’ll play it safe.

    if the banks/card issuer wants to guarantee the sale, i would ship to

    Mr C. Onman
    11 attree house
    letsby avenue

    or any Nigerian address you care to provide. until then, Mr C Onman and co shall have to shop locally.


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