Data also shows mobile travel transactions increase significantly over June, July and August

iovation, the provider of device intelligence for authentication and fraud prevention, today released intelligence around online summer travel transactions. The company found that overall and mobile transactions for booking flights, hotels and rental cars increase significantly over the summer months of June, July and August. In addition, iovation found that fraudulent activity against the online travel companies it protects goes up during the summer. iovation based these findings on its analysis of the hundreds of millions of online travel transactions and billions of total transactions that it screens for fraudulent indicators every year.

Specifically, iovation broke down summer transaction trends by:

  • Total TransactionsMore online travel transactions occurred during the summer months.
    The amount of online travel transactions during an average summer month in 2015 was eight percent higher than a typical month the rest of the year, 39 percent higher in 2014 and three percent higher in 2013.
  • Mobile UsageDuring the summer, travel transactions from mobile devices increased at a higher rate than transactions from non-mobile devices.
    Travel transactions conducted from a mobile device during an average summer month in 2015 were 14 percent higher than a typical month the rest of the year, 40 percent higher in 2014 and 36 percent higher in 2013.
  • Travel FraudMore fraudulent online travel transactions occurred during the summer months.
    The amount of fraudulent online travel transactions during an average summer month in 2015 was nine percent higher than a typical month the rest of the year, nine percent higher in 2014 and 23 percent higher in 2013.
  • Mobile FraudMore fraudulent travel transactions originating from a mobile device occurred during the summer months.
    Much like legitimate mobile purchases, online travel fraud originating from a mobile device increased during the summer months. It increased 18 percent during an average summer month in 2015, 11 percent in 2014 and 23 percent in 2013.
  • Device Type—Android devices saw the largest increase in online travel transactions conducted from them during an average summer month in 2015 (16 percent) compared to a typical month the rest of the year followed by iPhones (13 percent). In 2014, Windows desktops and laptops (39 percent) saw the biggest increase followed by Macs (36 percent). In 2013, iPhones saw the biggest increase (59 percent) followed by Android phones (57 percent).

“Our research shows that when people are out and about in the summer, they like to use their mobile device to book their travel and fraudsters like to do the same,” said iovation's Chief Technology Officer, Scott Waddell. “This intelligence from our global crime fighting community of thousands of fraud analysts empowers companies to fight the criminals that are impacting their bottom lines and consumers’ wallets.”

For more data and an infographic around iovation’s findings, go to iovation.com/stories/summer-travel-fraud.

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iovation, a TransUnion Company, was founded with a simple guiding mission: to make the Internet a safer place for people to conduct business. Since 2004, the company has been delivering against that goal, helping brands protect and engage their customers, and keeping them secure in the complex digital world. Armed with the world’s largest and most precise database of reputation insights and cryptographically secure multifactor authentication methods, iovation safeguards tens of millions of digital transactions each day.

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