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Stemming the loss of billions: Synthetic identities and the next frontier in KYC

Speakers: Naftali Harris, Jim Cunha, Carole House, Sarah Hoisington

Synthetic fraud is a hot-button issue. According to McKinsey, synthetic identity fraud is the fastest-growing financial crime in the US, and cost lenders $6bn in 2016 according to a 2019 Federal Reserve white paper. While the financial losses are significant, synthetic identities can also be used to evade identity controls with impunity, facilitating money laundering, drug and human trafficking and terror financing. If not targeted correctly, synthetic identity fraud can negatively impact minors, immigrants and other new-to-credit applicants. Will financial institutions take action to prevent this issue, or is it up to regulators to force their hand? This panel of regulators, risk experts, and entrepreneurs will discuss whether KYC processes need to be expanded to address this increasing threat.

First aired: Thursday 29th October

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