Welcome to the 3rd edition of IDfy’s KYC & Fraud Mitigation Newsletter.
Today I’d like to talk to you about a consumer durables loan fraud that I came across.
A few months ago I wrote an article on how data breaches have made it easier for fraudsters to obtain genuine customer data. That’s where this begins too.
A chain of fraudsters purchased PII (personally identifying information) of a few victims off the dark web and then managed to gain access to their credit information from credit agencies. They would use this to avail credit for consumer durables at retail stores and later sell them to earn profits.
They used fraudulent driver’s licenses which included their own photos but PII of unknowing victims. They were also armed with false utility bills and other pertinent information from the victims’ credit reports that would enable them to answer security questions on the credit check to qualify for large lines of credit at retail stores.
The conspiracy caused losses to the tune of $500,000 before it was busted. While there might be nothing novel about such fraud, there’s one thing that caught my eye.
The need to tell a tampered document apart from a genuine one. Especially when the existing facial recognition technology can be circumvented with enough sophistication, as seen.
That’s precisely why we’re building a tampering detection solution. To help you be a step ahead, no matter the level of sophistication used by fraudsters.
While still in the beta version, we’d love to have your feedback on the same. So feel free to drop me a note if you’d like to test it out.
With this, let’s dive into what we have in store for you this month.
We’re all aware of the chaos that RBI’s new regulation on auto-debit transactions brought. Another upcoming framework, Card Tokenization, could prove to be equally disruptive, as Mr. Buttala points out. If you’re yet to catch up with how it will change the way you transact online using cards, here’s something to get you started. Read all about it