Credit Card Fraud Detection – easy way – 2024

So in today’s blog, we will be building a Credit Card Fraud Detection model which will be very simple and easy to understand. This is a very basic machine learning project which students basically do in their starting phase of learning machine learning. So without any further due, Let’s do it…

Step 1 – Importing required libraries for Credit Card Fraud Detection.

import pandas as pd
import seaborn as sns
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from sklearn.preprocessing import RobustScaler
from sklearn.model_selection import train_test_split
from sklearn.metrics import classification_report,confusion_matrix,accuracy_score

%matplotlib inline

Step 2 – Reading our input data for Credit Card Fraud Detection.

Credit Card Fraud Detection

Step 3 – Describing our data for Credit Card Fraud Detection.

  • Here we can see that all the columns are normalized except the Time and Amount columns.
  • So we will normalize them further.
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Description of our input data

Step 4 – Plotting Amount vs Class.

  • From the plot below we can infer that most of the fraud transactions were done for a relatively lesser amount.
  • All the 1s are on the left-hand side of the plot, which means a lesser amount.
Credit Card Fraud Detection
Amount vs Class

Step 5 – Scaling our unscaled columns.

rbs = RobustScaler()

df_small = df[['Time','Amount']]
df_small = pd.DataFrame(rbs.fit_transform(df_small))

df_small.columns = ['scaled_time','scaled_amount']
df = pd.concat([df,df_small],axis=1)


  • Line 1 – Instantiating Robust Scaler object.
  • Line 3 – Creating a new dataframe with just the Time and Amount columns of our original dataframe.
  • Line 4 – Transforming data using RobustScaler. We could have also used StandardScaler but RobustScaler is lesser prone to outliers as compared to StandardScaler and can handle them efficiently.
  • Line 6 – Rename the columns in new dataframe.
  • Line 7 – Join both dataframes.
  • Line 9 – Drop the old unscaled Time and Amount columns.
Credit Card Fraud Detection

Step 6 – Visualizing our unbalanced dataset.

  • From the values and plot below we can infer that our dataset is highly unbalanced because we are having 284315 non-fraudulent transactions and 492 fraudulent transactions.
  • Our model when trained on this data will give 99% accuracy because it will simply predict non-fraudulent every time and hence it will be proven as a very bad model.
  • That’s why to tackle this we need to balance our dataset.
Credit Card Fraud Detection
Unequal instances of 0s and 1s
Credit Card Fraud Detection

Step 7 – Balancing dataset for Credit Card Fraud Detection.

non_fraud = df[df['Class']==0]
fraud = df[df['Class']==1]

non_fraud = non_fraud.sample(frac=1)

non_fraud = non_fraud[:492]

new_df = pd.concat([non_fraud,fraud])
new_df = new_df.sample(frac=1)
  • Line 1 – Taking out all the non_fraud transactions from our dataset.
  • Line 2 – Taking out all the fraud transactions from our dataset.
  • Line 4 – df.sample is used to randomly take out some fraction of data from the data frame. Here we are using frac=1 means take out 100% of data. This step simply helps in shuffling the data.
  • Line 6 – After shuffling just take the first 492 instances/transactions of non_fraud because we have only 492 transactions of fraud. That’s why to exactly balance the data we are doing this step.
  • Line 8-9 – Join both datasets and name it new_df and shuffle it again.

Step 8 – Visualizing our balanced dataset.

  • We can see below that our dataset is balanced.
  • Both classes have 492 instances each.
Credit Card Fraud Detection
Equal instances of 0s and 1s
Credit Card Fraud Detection
Equal 0 and classes

Step 9 – train-test-split our data for Credit Card Fraud Detection.

X = new_df.drop('Class',axis=1)
y = new_df['Class']

X_train, X_test, y_train, y_test = train_test_split(X, y, test_size=0.2,random_state=101)
  • Splitting our data into 80%-20% proportions for training and testing purposes respectively.

Step 10 – Training our LogisticRegresion model for Credit Card Fraud Detection.

from sklearn.linear_model import LogisticRegression

lr = LogisticRegression(),y_train)

pred = lr.predict(X_test)

print('accuracy is --> ',round(accuracy_score(y_test,pred)*100,2))
  • In this step, we are simply using LogisticRegression for this use case.
  • I also tried Random Forest and Decision Tree Classifiers but Logistic Regression stood out.
  • Then we are simply calculating some metrics like classification reports, confusion matrices, and accuracy scores and print them.
Credit Card Fraud Detection metrics
Performance of our model

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So this is all for this blog folks, thanks for reading it and I hope you are taking something with you after reading this and till the next time ?…


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