Snapdeal snaps at fraud, saves Rs 3cr a month

|March 27, 2017 0
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Using analytics, algorithms, checks on bogus/fake sellers and identifying fake user accounts in an attempt to curb fraud at all ends whether it is via seller or buyer or courier

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Snapdeal has been up to a range of initiatives launched at curbing fraudulent online transactions, and shares that these efforts are accruing massive cost savings for the company.

From checks on bogus/fake sellers to identifying fake user accounts, to deploying sophisticated algorithms that identify any suspicious trends, Snapdeal informs, it has consistently been working on enhancing security and transparency across the entire ecosystem.

The initiatives have resulted in the company saving close to INR 3 crore per month.

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The company shared its deep reliance on analytics to identify any suspicious trends that consumer data may throw up. For instance, based on purchase-patterns and past behaviours, the system can identify whether a seller is selling counterfeit goods or manipulating pricing information to take advantage of the promotions on the marketplace.

Likewise, sellers are also safeguarded from rare but possible occurrences of fraudulent purchases. Such instances are used to build in checks and balances that ensure such behaviour is addressed and weeded out, through legal channels.

Snapdeal also claims it regularly inspects listings to identify instances of listing/selling of counterfeit products, monitors seller practices through on-going mystery shopping exercises, and keeps a check on any unwarranted manipulations in seller ratings or pricing. The company has also adopted several means to cut down courier frauds, including open delivery, X-ray examination of packages at fulfilment centers and verification of returns as part of the quality control process, it adds.

Along with a more stringent last mile verification process, wherein the on-site certified engineers visit and fix customer’s problem on spot, these timely interventions have drastically reduced Snapdeal’s rate of returns, the company says.

Talking about the initiatives taken by the company, an official spokesperson from Snapdeal said, “Fraudulent transactions are a serious threat to the health of any e-commerce ecosystem. We are committed to staying one step ahead of fraudsters always, and delivering the most secure, frictionless and reliable e-commerce experience to our buyers and sellers alike. As the size of the marketplace increases, we will continue to prioritize building due checks and balances at each step of the transaction cycle.”

Snapdeal stated that it is amongst the first ones in the industry to support and comply with government policies and statutory norms (has recently earned the ISO 27001 certification) trying to adopt best practices of industry and cross company benchmarking, as per the applicability.

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