How does Email Risk work?
Simply provide an email address to receive instant results and one of six risk bands:
Access to more than 5 billion email addresses
The Emailage Global Fraud database has more than 40 million email addresses associated with fraud and a database of more than 100,000 domains that are high risk.
Contributory global network
Email data and risk indicators are inherited from a contributory network of users. When a fraud event occurs, it is recorded against the relevant email and influences the score shared with the network in subsequent interactions.
Real-time fraud detection
In-depth email data, sourced from a global network and enhanced with machine learning algorithms, provides real-time fraud detection.
The Risk Bands
There are six possible risk bands that an email address can be associated with: from very low to very high.
These emails are showing the strongest signs of being fraudulent. Generally, emails in this risk band have a 30% fraud hit rate, meaning that 3 in 10 transactions will be fraud. However, the hit rate can be as much as 80%.
Emails in this band are showing strong signs of being fraudulent. Generally there is about a 15-20% hit rate in this band, equating to 1 in every 5 being fraudulent.
Emails in this band are displaying some fraudulent behaviours, but those signals are not the strongest indicators of fraud.
Emails in this band are confirmed to exist and are not showing any risky signals, however they are also not presenting any of the trustworthy signals reserved for lower risk bands.
Emails in this band are displaying some positive signals. They may be associated with genuine social media accounts, have existed for several years, and are associated with low risk IP addresses.
Emails in this band are showing no fraudulent activity, but also show strong signs of being trustworthy. This could be other network members providing positive feedback on the email address, the email address having existed for many years, or it being associated with genuine social media accounts.
Risk bands are determined according to a number of factors including: existence and age of the email and/or domain; positive or negative tags associated with an email or domain; any known risks associated with a domain based on the country of origin; association with high risk accounts (e.g. social media); mailbox full or inactive; and velocity of queries about an email address within certain periods of time.