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5 Types of ID Fraud Skyrocketed in the First Half of 2021 – Shufti Pro

  • Richard Marley
  • May 31, 2021
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Last year, Shufti Pro’s AI-powered identity verification system captured a 3.36% increase in identity fraud. According to our KYC experts, fraudsters have come up with some remarkable ways of dodging identity verification checks. Some new variations of identity fraud were captured and this year, the situation is worsening. ID fraud rate has significantly increased in the first half of 2021. Although the numbers are yet to be disclosed, identity verification experts have encountered a significant rise in the ID fraud rate. Unfortunately, the new tricks and methods for surpassing digital identity verification checks have skyrocketed and as of today, they are strategically strong enough to bypass poor ID verification systems. Take a look at the five frauds that team Shufti Pro has captured so far. 

Top 5 ID Fraud Captured by Shufti Pro 

Here are the top identity frauds that we have repeatedly captured during identity verification in the first half of 2021. 

Synthetic Identity Fraud 

Half fake, half real information is used for creating a new identity and the fraud committed using such identities is called synthetic identity fraud. This was the most prevalent identity fraud in 2020. In 2021, it is still among the newest and most sophisticated ID fraud that businesses are encountering. If a fraudster tries to open an account with a synthetic identity, the bank rejects it because the SSN has no credit history against it. However, the mere attempt leads to the creation of credit history and using it again eases the onboarding or account opening process. 

“Did you know 24% of the account losses occur due to synthetic identity fraud?”

Since there is a credit history against the identity, many KYC checks may not be able to verify the fraud attempt. However, that is not the case with Shufti Pro. Our AI-based document verification system checks for MRZ code, OVI, micro prints, guilloche prints, holograms, and many other minor details. Even if a credit history exists against this ID, these checks are robust enough to identify fraud attempts in time. 

Suggested: Synthetic Identity – A New Form of Identity Fraud for 2019? 

Replay Attacks 

Scammers are continuously looking for data to steal and use it for their illicit activities. Basically, replay attacks target networks. For instance, a finance company receives an onboarding request and if a criminal is banking on its network, they can detect this request and fraudulently delay it. Then, they steal all the information and misuse it. 

“Statista report reveals that identity theft will increase by 39% in 2021” 

By far, we have encountered a significant increase in these criminal attempts and our experts are predicting more rise in this type of fraud. During many verification checks, we received the same request multiple times and imposters had changed only a chunk of information every time. In one case, we received the same ID document but in the first few attempts, the date of birth and expiry date were manipulated. 

Account Takeover Fraud 

Unauthorised access to accounts and then using them for illegal purposes is known as account takeover fraud. This year, we have forecasted a rise in this fraudulent activity too. Until now, every 20th identity verification is an attempt to get unauthorised account access. Shufti Pro, however, has the ability to restrict these attacks by adding facial recognition for logging in. 

“Between 2019 and 2020, this fraud attempt increased by 282%”

New Account Fraud 

Another breed of scams evolved in the last two years called “new account fraud” in which fraudsters use synthetic or stolen identities to open an account. In a short span of time, imposters acquire as much loan as possible and quickly disappear. This leaves a lot of debt in the account holder’s name (which is obviously a legitimate person or sometimes completely fake information used leaving no traces behind). Banks or other financial institutions never get their money back.  

“The American RSA report reveals that 48% of all the frauds include accounts that are not older than 24 hours”

Biometric Fraud Attempts 

The role of biometrics is emerging in every industry but surprisingly, fraudsters are using the same technology to mess with identity verification checks. “Over the years, this is the first time that we have encountered so many deepfake attacks,” said the CTO of Shufti Pro. “It is astonishing to witness the extraordinary techniques criminals are using to fool biometrics now,” he continued. Apart from deepfakes, 3D face masks are being widely used and numbers for various other biometric attempts are yet to be disclosed. 

“Around 22.44% of our face verifications were declined due to biometric fraud attempts in 2020”

How Did We Capture Them? 

Shufti Pro’s AI-powered identity verification methods are 98.67% accurate and real-time ID checks allow businesses to ensure that all legitimate entities are onboarded. Thanks to our enhanced technology trained using thousands of AI models, our system detected all the aforementioned fraudulent activities in the blink of an eye. 

The identity verification mechanisms check for the authenticity of the ID document. Tampering, forgery and other spoof attempts to dodge the ID verification checks are validated using MRZ authentication, holograms, rainbow prints, etc. Even the slightest manipulation is detected in real-time. To combat biometric frauds, our face verification service/solution is structured to ensure the live presence of the end-user during the verification process. Anti-spoofing checks, liveness detection, AI mapping, microexpression analysis, skin texture analysis, and thousands of other techniques are used for tackling facial spoof attacks. 

Key Takeaways 

Shufti Pro’s identity verification experts are predicting a worsening situation as imposters have come up with more advanced ways of fooling identity verification and fraud prevention systems. Synthetic identity fraud, deep fakes, spoof attacks, face masks, account takeover fraud and many more have significantly increased. We managed to identify them with our AI-driven systems. However, poor identity verification systems may not be able to highlight them. 

Have more concerns about ID fraud prevention systems? Our experts are available 24/7 to assist you.