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Onfido and IDValidation partner to tackle growing threat of synthetic identity fraud

March 2019 by Marc Jacob

Global identity verification provider Onfido today announces that it has partnered with IDValidation. Using Onfido and IDValidation together provides the greatest assurance that a user really is who they claim to be, and reduces the risk to business of synthetic identity fraud.

Synthetic identity fraud is estimated to be the fastest-growing financial crime in the USA, and costs businesses billions of dollars every year. Rather than stealing a complete identity, synthetic identity fraud involves fraudsters fabricating one element of an identity – typically a Social Security Number (SSN) – and using it to access goods and services, or open bank accounts and other lines of credit. It’s been estimated by the Federal Trade Commission that there are over 10 million more profiles in the system than there are consumers in the USA.

IDValidation’s unique consent-based SSN verification (CBSV) product reduces the risk of synthetic identity fraud by scanning official government source records to ensure that an SSN is valid. It provides instant, online validation of personal identifying information including name, date of birth and SSN to give businesses assurance that a user’s details are valid.

Onfido’s AI-based identity verification technology is then able to connect this validated identity to a real, living human. By asking users to provide an image of an identity document and a short selfie video, Onfido ensures that the person presenting the identity is its legitimate owner, and is physically present – preventing spoofing attempts, like users submitting photos of photos.

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