What is FraudWatch and How Does it Work?

3dcart’s Fraudwatch Program is a special service which actively collects data points associated with your store’s orders to provide you with a fraud risk score on the order itself. The information collected includes certain attributes like the shopper’s IP address, banking information, mailing address and other factors which are then weighed to provide the risk score.

The risk score is classified into three different color levels of risk with a numbering system to further refine the order’s fraud classification. These levels are:

  • Green
    the order is generally safe and you may process the order with low risk to you
  • Yellow
    Some of the data points on the order may be potentially fraudulent, so you may want to proceed with caution
  • Red
    The order is at high risk for being fraudulent and you should carefully consider whether to process it or not.

How do I check an order’s FraudWatch score?

When viewing an individual order in your 3dcart Online Store Manager, you will see a section towards the top of the that contains the order’s FraudWatch Data.

At first, the order will not have any FraudWatch checks associated with it. To view the order’s FraudWatch Data:

  1. Click on the refresh icon as shown below.
  2. Then confirm the call
  3. You will then see the order’s Community Alert* (see note) score
  4. Clicking on the “Details” button will then expand the view to show you the FraudWatch score itself

How much does it Cost?

Fraudwatch is free to try, allowing you to view 1 Fraudwatch call per month.

However, if you would like to have the ability to make further fraud check calls per month, you may upgrade your FraudWatch Service for additional calls as needed. (Increased call plans start at $9.99 for up to 500 FraudWatch checks)

After clicking on the upgrade link, you will be presented with the following screen that will allow you to select and update your plan as desired.

What if I don’t want to use FraudWatch on my store?

The 3dcart FraudWatch program is enabled by default on your 3dcart store. However, if you’d like to turn it off, you may do so at any time by following these steps:

  1. Log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager
  2. Using the left hand navigatio menu, go to Modules
  3. Use the search bar to locate the “FraudWatch” module
  4. Uncheck the “Enable” checkbox
  5. Save your changes

You can also use the same steps outlined above to turn on Fraudwatch at your leisure.