20+ Eye-Opening Ecommerce Fraud Statistics for 2023

As a consultant who has helped launch and grow dozens of small ecommerce businesses over the past decade, I‘ve seen online fraud become one of the biggest threats facing merchants today. Fraud is rampant, losses are staggering, and every business is at risk.

In this article, I‘ll share over 20 startling statistics that reveal the growing impact of ecommerce fraud. My goal is to wake you up to the urgent need to protect your online business now before fraudsters strike.

I‘ll also offer my insider perspective on smart ways small businesses can effectively reduce fraud, based on what I‘ve learned from both victims and fraud-fighting leaders.

Let‘s dive into the numbers…

1. Global Losses Hitting $48 Billion in 2023

  • Fraud losses jumped 17% from $41 billion in 2022 to $48 billion in 2023, per Juniper Research. That‘s close to 1% of all ecommerce sales.
  • To put this massive figure in context, $48 billion is more than the entire 2022 GDP of Kenya! Fraud is now on par with major industries.

As a small business advisor, I‘m alarmed at fraud reaching these extremes. But I also see smart merchants fighting back and winning.

2. 84% of Merchants Attacked in Past Year

  • Per a Zipdo survey of 500 small and mid-sized merchants, a shocking 84% suffered fraud attacks in the past 12 months.
  • Only 16% escaped fraud attempts last year. Fraud is now virtually inevitable for online sellers.

In my experience talking to hundreds of merchants over the years, these findings ring true. Fraud is now a standard cost of doing business online that must be planned for.

3. 47% of Teenagers Experience Fraud

  • Almost half (47%) of teenagers suffered ecommerce fraud in 2020, per a WebTribunal study. Rates were also high among 20-29 year olds at 41%.
  • In contrast, only 19% of 60-69 year olds reported scams. 70-79 year olds however saw median losses around $800 when targeted.

As an ecommerce advisor to startups, I make sure my clients understand which customer demographics are highest fraud risks. Knowing your enemy is critical!

4. Fraud to Cost $206 Billion Globally by 2025

  • By 2025, all types of online fraud could cost businesses up to $206 billion globally, up from $130 billion in 2020, per Stripe research.
  • At 43% growth in 5 years, fraud is skyrocketing nearly 4X faster than ecommerce sales. The future costs could be catastrophic if unchecked.

My strong advice is to see high fraud growth as a call to action. Investing in prevention today can avoid insane losses tomorrow.

5. Businesses Lose 3X More on Chargebacks

  • Merchants lose triple the chargeback amount, around $308 on average for every $100 in chargebacks, per estimates. Dispute processing and compliance costs add up.
  • Chargeback losses can rapidly eat into profits. For example, $100,000 in chargebacks could cost a business over $300,000.

I always recommend clients fight chargebacks immediately and reduce their risk. Giving up is not an option with chargeback fraud.

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Conclusion

The ecommerce fraud numbers clearly show merchants can‘t ignore or downplay this threat any longer. As an advisor, I‘ve seen smart businesses choose to fight back and successfully reduce fraud rates.

  • Prioritize fraud prevention across your company. Dedicate staff, tech and budget to protect revenues.
  • Use advanced analytics and AI to spot fraud patterns early before they scale into losses.
  • Focus on highest risk areas first, especially account takeovers, friendly fraud, and payments fraud.
  • Continually test and tune your fraud defenses to match the latest criminal tactics.

Fraud will remain a constant danger, but it doesn‘t have to defeat your business. With the right fraud-fighting mindset and technology, small businesses can thrive and keep revenues safe. Don‘t become another fraud statistic this year!