Identity and Fraud Focus

Best Practices for Fighting Synthetic Identity Fraud

Synthetic identity fraud is a well-organized activity of fraud rings looking for ways to create and then nurture fake identities over a long period of time. Fraudsters can build a synthetic identity by creating a fake SSN or obtaining/stealing a real Social Security number (SSN) and adding non-matching identifying information such as name, date of [Read More…]

The Digital Customer Experience is Reliant upon Instilling a Sense of Security

Do customer expectations around the digital experience differ based on the type of request or transaction they are performing, such as basic banking, applying for a new account or loan, checking their balances? When posed this question during a recent webinar entitled The Impact of Digital Transformation on Customer Experience, Hrishi Talwar, VP of Digital [Read More…]

Credit Through the Ages: How Technology is Revolutionizing the Way We Assess Consumer Financial Behavior

  Today, we’re seeing exploding volumes of data and staggering advances in analytics and technology. Financial institutions now have limitless opportunities to assess and predict consumer financial behavior. They’re using technology to inform credit decisioning, acquisition and account management strategies. View Infographic Join Equifax  and Visual Capitalist  as we journey through time and explore the [Read More…]

Credit through the Ages: Where it all Began

Exploding volumes of data and staggering advances in analytics and technology provide financial institutions with limitless opportunities to assess and predict consumer financial behavior. This insight is then used to inform credit decisioning, acquisition and account management strategies. But where did it all begin? Just where did the concept of credit get its start? View [Read More…]

Do Retail Store Closures Affect How Consumers Pay Their Private Label Credit Cards?

In our changing retail landscape, many stores are closing and retail chains head into bankruptcy. Consumers who owe money on their private label credit card may wonder what it means when their local store disappears or the retail chain liquidates. Some consumers could decide not to pay their debt, either thinking “why should I pay?” [Read More…]

The Impact of Synthetic Identity Fraud… By the Numbers

What is synthetic identity fraud? Synthetic identity fraud occurs when fraudsters create new, fictitious identities by using different components of real identities – such as a name from one person, an address from another place, or the Social Security number (SSN) of a minor or deceased individual.  Fraudsters attempt to gain credit with the fictitious [Read More…]

How Fraudsters Are Using Synthetic Identities

Pathways to Synthetic Identity Fraud Fabricated social security numbers (SSNs) and authorized user abuse are the two main pathways into synthetic identity fraud.  Fraudsters can build synthetic identities by creating a fake SSN or obtaining/stealing a real SSN and adding non-matching identifying information such as name, date of birth, and address.  Perpetrators often prefer to [Read More…]

Identity verification in a digital age — Expand your view to include more consumers, and their devices

Practically everything’s digital these days, which can be both good and bad when you’re performing identity verification while activating a new account. The convenience can be game-changing, since most, if not all, of the process can be automated. However, if you’re lacking in data, meaning you don’t have enough or you’re using the wrong mix [Read More…]

New Tax Cuts: Immediate Impact to Credit Expected?

As economists, we study the historical impacts of natural disasters, changes in government policy or actions by central banks so that we can make an educated ‘guess’ as to how the economy might respond to similar situations in the future. The new change in federal tax law is one such example. As part of our [Read More…]

Early Payment Performance: Changing standards?

Assessing early payment performance on recent vintages for key tradelines provides a good barometer for lending conditions in the current economic climate. Segmenting and analyzing tradelines by origination quarter (vintage) helps lenders better understand portfolio performance in historical context. Examining the portfolio in this manner helps identify trends and uncover potential reasons for changes in [Read More…]