With the explosive growth of e-commerce and the booming of e-payment, detecting online transaction fraud in real time has become increasingly important to Fintech business. To tackle this problem, we introduce the TitAnt, a transaction fraud detection system deployed in Ant Financial, one of the largest Fintech companies in the world. The system is able to predict online real-time transaction fraud in mere milliseconds. We present the problem definition, feature extraction, detection methods, implementation and deployment of the system, as well as empirical effectiveness. Extensive experiments have been conducted on large real-world transaction data to show the effectiveness and the efficiency of the proposed system.
Decades of research in artificial intelligence (AI) have produced formidable technologies that are providing immense benefit to industry, government, and society. AI systems can now translate across multiple languages, identify objects in images and video, streamline manufacturing processes, and control cars. The deployment of AI systems has not only created a trillion-dollar industry that is projected to quadruple in three years, but has also exposed the need to make AI systems fair, explainable, trustworthy, and secure. Future AI systems will rightfully be expected to reason effectively about the world in which they (and people) operate, handling complex tasks and responsibilities effectively and ethically, engaging in meaningful communication, and improving their awareness through experience. Achieving the full potential of AI technologies poses research challenges that require a radical transformation of the AI research enterprise, facilitated by significant and sustained investment. These are the major recommendations of a recent community effort coordinated by the Computing Community Consortium and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence to formulate a Roadmap for AI research and development over the next two decades.
While E-commerce has been growing explosively and online shopping has become popular and even dominant in the present era, online transaction fraud control has drawn considerable attention in business practice and academic research. Conventional fraud control considers mainly the interactions of two major involved decision parties, i.e. merchants and fraudsters, to make fraud classification decision without paying much attention to dynamic looping effect arose from the decisions made by other profit-related parties. This paper proposes a novel fraud control framework that can quantify interactive effects of decisions made by different parties and can adjust fraud control strategies using data analytics, artificial intelligence, and dynamic optimization techniques. Three control models, Naive, Myopic and Prospective Controls, were developed based on the availability of data attributes and levels of label maturity. The proposed models are purely data-driven and self-adaptive in a real-time manner. The field test on Microsoft real online transaction data suggested that new systems could sizably improve the company's profit.
The insurance industry has been creating innovative products around the emerging online shopping activities. Such e-commerce insurance is designed to protect buyers from potential risks such as impulse purchases and counterfeits. Fraudulent claims towards online insurance typically involve multiple parties such as buyers, sellers, and express companies, and they could lead to heavy financial losses. In order to uncover the relations behind organized fraudsters and detect fraudulent claims, we developed a large-scale insurance fraud detection system, i.e., InfDetect, which provides interfaces for commonly used graphs, standard data processing procedures, and a uniform graph learning platform. InfDetect is able to process big graphs containing up to 100 millions of nodes and billions of edges. In this paper, we investigate different graphs to facilitate fraudster mining, such as a device-sharing graph, a transaction graph, a friendship graph, and a buyer-seller graph. These graphs are fed to a uniform graph learning platform containing supervised and unsupervised graph learning algorithms. Cases on widely applied e-commerce insurance are described to demonstrate the usage and capability of our system. InfDetect has successfully detected thousands of fraudulent claims and saved over tens of thousands of dollars daily.