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The vast majority of orders from the following countries are FRAUDULENT:
Ghana (a rising star of fraud!)
One way I have checked for potential fraud levels is to the get old fashioned atlas out. You will see patterns from the top 20 or so fraud countries. You will see they are in batches of areas and from that you can determine fraud level estimations on surrounding countries.
- If a shipping address sounds a bit wacko, try to obtain the IP address and do a reverse DNS lookup. (you mostly find where the ISP of the order was based)
- If you 're not sure the shipping location is in the country they say, check out sites like maporama.com or mapquest.com
- You can also check phone numbers on sites like switchboard.com
- Never ship to customer with bouncing e-mail addresses
Our e-commerce checks the IP address of the customer against blacklisted IP ranges. Everytime something suspicious comes out, we add the IP (first 3 numbers) to the blacklist. This appears a much better way than omitting "Indonesia", "Romania",... from the country list. Since we do this, attempts from Indonesia have diminished from five per day to one in a month.
Sometimes Indonesia-based cybercriminals fill out "Singapore" in the address form to bypass a block. Most Europeans or Americans do not know much of the indonesian geography, but Singapore mail and carrier personnel do, so your package comes where they want it. Check village names and countries at www.maporama.com
We never had fraudulent transactions from there ?
Same theory as above with neighboring countries ?
They've all arrived on our site instead !.
We also had a similar thing with the Indonesia / Malaysia country switch. We received an order from Yugoslavia and politely replied that we were sorry but don't ship to that country. Next day we received the same order, to the same address, but this time the country was Greece !. Guess what...we didn't ship to Greece that day either !.
On the upside this opens a wide window of opportunity to regional and local online sellers.
US shops not shipping to Austria? This is _good_ news for online shops in Germany ;)
US shops not shipping to Singapur? Great news for online shops in Hongkong!