Frequently Asked Questions
If you are using legacy minFraud, we recommend upgrading to one of our current minFraud services, if possible. The current minFraud services can accept additional inputs for improved scoring, they can return additional outputs for improved analysis, and they can take advantage or our latest minFraud features. A summary of what’s new for developers can be found here.
The more input fields you pass to the minFraud service, the more accurate the riskScore will be. In particular, we recommend passing at least the
We recommend using the Device Tracking Add-on for the minFraud service on your site. The add-on helps catch fraudsters who change proxies while they are browsing your website or between visits to your website.
You can help us customize and improve riskScores for your transactions by reporting transactions that are fraud, suspected fraud, spam/abuse, and/or false positives.
In the MaxMind account portal, we provide the Custom Rules functionality to minFraud Score, minFraud Insights, and minFraud Factors customers. You can use custom rules to automate the dispositioning of transactions (accept, reject, or queue for manual review). Learn more in our Custom Rules Guide.
And, as always, you can contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions pertaining to the minFraud service. We are happy to manually review your account and make specific suggestions on how to improve the performance of the service for you!
Use minFraud Score to get the bottom line; the transaction risk assessment of the riskScore and IP address risk as expressed in the IP Risk Score.
Use minFraud Insights when you need a broad range of data points to help assess risk.
Use minFraud Factors to learn more about how the riskScore was derived. Note that the Factors service requires additional permissions and is only available at an enterprise level.You can find a more detailed comparison of the minFraud services here.
The Device Tracking Add-on helps catch fraudsters who change proxies while they are browsing your website or between visits to your website.
The differences between GeoIP2 and GeoLite2 are the level of accuracy, official support, price, and licensing rights. We incorporate additional data sources when generating the GeoIP2 database, so even when they've both updated the same day, the commercial GeoIP2 database is more accurate.
The GeoIP2 database is otherwise in the same format as the GeoLite2 database, and it uses the same integration methods. In that regard, the GeoIP2 databases are essentially drop-in replacements for the free GeoLite2 databases.
You have three options for using or redistributing the GeoLite2 databases in a product or service, commercial or otherwise.
With attribution*: You may redistribute GeoLite2 databases that you download through your MaxMind account without charge as long as you meet the attribution requirement. You can find the GeoLite2 End User License agreement here.
Without attribution*: You may redistribute the GeoLite2 databases that you download through your MaxMind account, without having to provide attribution, by purchasing a GeoLite2 Commercial Redistribution License. You can find the GeoLite2 Commercial Redistribution License agreement here.
Integration: You may integrate the GeoLite2 databases in your project and require end-users to get GeoLite2 databases directly from MaxMind. In this case, each end-user would separately sign up for a MaxMind account here and agree to the GeoLite2 End User License agreement.
*Direct redistributors (i.e. options 1 and 2 above) of the GeoLite2 databases must flow down applicable requirements, such as honoring valid ‘Do Not Sell My Personal Information’ requests that MaxMind communicates via this page in your account portal [login required].
When using the free GeoLite2 databases, you can meet the GeoLite2 attribution requirement by including the following in all advertising and documentation mentioning features of or use of GeoLite2:
This product includes GeoLite2 data created by MaxMind, available from <a href="http://www.maxmind.com">http://www.maxmind.com</a>.
The attribution would need to appear somewhere public-facing on your site (or product) to meet the requirement. If the GeoLite2 database or the data itself is specifically referenced on a particular site page, then we would ask that the attribution message also be included on that page. You don’t need to put the attribution message on every site page, and you are also not generally required to put it on your homepage; for example, you could put it on your “About” page.
If you’d like to use GeoLite2 without giving attribution, you can purchase a GeoLite2 commercial redistribution license.
Please submit corrections through our forms, linked here.
You may also request a batch correction if you have more than 20 corrections (see our FAQ on batch corrections here).
All correction requests are manually reviewed for accuracy, and any accepted corrections will appear in our data within 1-2 weeks.
The GeoIP2 Country, City, and ISP databases are updated weekly, every Tuesday.
- Make sure that the data you're referencing is up to date. Many times, discrepancies between your actual location and the location MaxMind is reporting has to do with out-of-date data. To view the data we currently return, please use either the GeoIP2 Precision: City service demo or the GeoIP2 City database demo.
- Find out if the data that you believe is incorrect is either GeoLite or GeoIP data. GeoLite2 is our free data offering, and it is less accurate than our commercial GeoIP Legacy and GeoIP2 products. If the GeoIP2 data is incorrect, then there may be a need for us to make a correction.
- Submit a Correction Request. If our online demo returns data that you believe to be incorrect, you can submit a correction request here. If you are able to note any supporting documentation in your request, that can help to corroborate the information we're receiving. (Please note: if a location correction only needs to be applied to our free GeoLite data, please be sure to specifically note this when submitting your correction, or your request may be rejected.)
We reserve the right to refuse any correction request, for any reason. However, if our data is somehow affecting your ability to use a service, and we have not accepted your request, please contact us by email at email@example.com.
No, all corrections are not accepted. Some of the common reasons for us to decline a correction are discussed below: