Fraud Data Scientist 2

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Job Description

At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives.

Job Description Summary:
What you need to know about the role- Global Investigations (GI) is looking for a highly talented, self-motivated, and analytical individual to join the Fraud Science and Intelligence Team (FSI). Meet our team The mission of Fraud Science and Intelligence (FSI) is to identify and disrupt sophisticated criminal networks targeting PayPal, safeguarding our platform and protecting our customers. Driven by a commitment to collaboration and innovation, FSI integrates cutting-edge data analytics, innovative fraud detection techniques, and advanced threat intelligence to combat financial fraud. Our collaborative efforts extend across PayPal, driving state-of-the-art advancements in fraud prevention, product security, and loss mitigation. We are committed to fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation, where every team member contributes to the security of our payment ecosystem.

Job Description:
Your way to impact

The FSI Data Scientist will identify complex fraud patterns through data mining, graph data science, and the development of internal investigative software. Your research will seek to connect seemingly disparate fraud trends that are perpetrated by sophisticated threat groups and track them across the enterprise. This work supports PayPal’s Global Financial Crimes organization by enhancing fraud risk controls, recovering funds from networks of bad actors, and by furnishing timely intelligence data, at scale, to pinpoint abusive activity on the platform.

Your day to day will include:

  • Develop and deploy algorithms for linking, clustering, and pattern recognition based on various attributes.
  • Apply statistical methods for combining multiple data points to identify fraud patterns.
  • Create and select relevant features from raw data for use in FSI’s fraud linking framework.
  • Continuously improve the speed, reliability, and scalability of FSI tools.
  • Leverage partner teams’ investigative findings to rapidly deploy new fraud identification techniques.
  • Identify opportunities to extend FSI linking solutions with internal partners’ technology stacks for holistic fraud prevention.
  • Lead FSI’s engagement with PayPal’s data science and technology organizations.

What Do You Need To Bring-
4-5 bullet points

  • Skilled in performing exploratory data analysis to identify patterns, trends, and anomalies.
  • Proficient in cleaning and preprocessing large datasets to ensure accuracy and consistency.
  • Strong SQL experience to create, maintain, and optimize complex queries and database structures.
  • Advanced proficiency in Python. Experience with libraries and tools for string processing and pattern recognition.
  • Understanding of financially motivated cybercrime trends and typologies.
  • Team player, energetic personality, curious, able to work efficiently in a fast paced, changing environment.
  • We know the confidence gap and imposter syndrome can get in the way of meeting spectacular candidates. Please don't hesitate to apply.

Our Benefits:

At PayPal, we’re committed to building an equitable and inclusive global economy. And we can’t do this without our most important asset—you. That’s why we offer benefits to help you thrive in every stage of life. We champion your financial, physical, and mental health by offering valuable benefits and resources to help you care for the whole you.

We have great benefits including a flexible work environment, employee shares options, health and life insurance and more. To learn more about our benefits please visit

Who We Are:

To learn more about our culture and community visit

PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 400 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at [email protected].

As part of PayPal’s commitment to employees’ health and safety, we have established in-office Covid-19 protocols and requirements, based on expert guidance. Depending on location, this might include a Covid-19 vaccination requirement for any employee whose role requires them to work onsite. Employees may request reasonable accommodation based on a medical condition or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.

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