Fraudsters Want Your ID Information. What Are You Doing to Stop Them?

In 2016, identity theft amounted to $16 billion and affected more than 15.4 million people in the United States. Your identity is arguably your most valuable asset, but how often are you aware of all the ways that you use it to transact? With the lines of physical and digital identity becoming increasingly blurred, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your identity during transactions.

Are you doing enough to ensure you’re keeping your personal information – and your customers’ information – safe from fraudsters?

Click to download the free infographic: Where Does Your Identity Take You in a Day?

Every day, Americans make transactions by swiping, scanning or chip-reading – from grabbing a cup of coffee to purchasing airline tickets. The convenience of these transactions, it seems, trumps concerns of information falling into the wrong hands. But the time has passed for simply hoping our ID information – and our customers’ ID information – will continue to be safe, simply because you’ve seen no evidence it’s been compromised.

Just a Day in the Life for Identity Thieves

Let’s look at a typical day anyone could have to see how easily one can expose their ID information to considerable security risks.

Mobile banking. Shortly after leaving the office, a person decides to check the balance of their checking account. They use the local coffee shop’s free Wi-Fi, because like 67% of Millennials, they use a mobile app to access their banking information. Though on an open network, they tap in their ID, password and perhaps other Know Your Customer (KYC) information, as required by anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. Did a fraudster track their every keystroke?

Click to download the free infographic: Where Does Your Identity Take You in a Day?

Small business transactions. Because this person is now running late to a doctor appointment, they pull out their credit card to engage one of the 1,000 bike-sharing services across the country, a market that is expected to become a $6.1 billion business by 2020. Are the security measures employed by all 1,000 vendors up to par? How does this one rank?

Medical Insurance. At the doctor’s office, they check in at the front desk, making their co-pay with the same credit card and giving their medical insurance card information which is likely photocopied. Like most people, this person is more than likely unaware that 15.4 million medical records were stolen in 2016 alone, and that 301 people across the country were charged roughly $900 billion in false billing.

Remember, Identity Thieves Never Take a Vacation

Although you’re in a rest-and-relaxation mode, you still know not to leave your hotel room unlocked or your wallet on a car seat. If only you could take similar measures to protect your ID information. Here are some common transactions that require ID information on a typical vacation – and some data associated with their risk of security breaches.

Accommodations. The global vacation rental market is poised to be worth $193.89 billion by 2021. Fully 46% of customers check in using hotel loyalty programs, and loyal customers spend on average 67% more than new ones. Front desks and agencies are mostly taking your identity document photocopying it and storing it somewhere; a very insecure data capture method. All this makes vacation rental businesses likely targets for theft of identity information.

Ground transport. Uber reported that 40 million people used the ride-hailing service in 2016. Incidentally, 8,000 ride-hailing service drivers in Massachusetts failed to pass new state background checks in 2017. Similarly, car-rental agencies routinely require a check of ID documents to complete transactions and mostly use the archaic photocopy method of capturing your ID leaving you vulnerable to a paper file floating around.

The More You Know, the Better

Our free infographic, Where Does Your Identity Take You in a Day , illustrates just how important it is to protect your ID information.

Acuant provides businesses with identity proofing solutions for trusted transactions, for more information contact us here.

 

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Stranger Danger: Why You Should Care About Verifying Identities in the Age of the Sharing Economy

The Sharing Economy, which in broad terms is defined as an economic system in which assets or services are shared between individuals via the internet and especially mobile apps, has become a major way in which Millennials transact. This includes conducting transactions for business, travel, on-demand services and virtually all lifestyle-type offerings for goods and services. According to Pew Research, about 72% of Americans have tried at least one platform or service.

While the rise of sharing economy apps appears to have made many luxury services and chores more convenient and accessible, there is the question of security. Not every app emphasizes security and privacy. Many use social media as a way to verify users. These are merely connected to a Facebook or other social profile, which can be easily faked. Then there is the question of employee verification. With so many services that allow users to invite providers into their private homes, a private car or a private location – one has to ask the question, how is my safety being addressed? We need only refer to Uber to see how instances of assaults by drivers and passengers have made customers, especially women, warier of these services. And we have all heard a crazy story about an Airbnb person who would not leave or destroyed the house. Wouldn’t it bring some peace of mind to know your driver, houseguest, online date, make-up artist etc., has been verified and that you know this before they enter your life?

Seeing a picture and name of your driver or delivery person does not mean necessarily that this person has been verified. Not every sharing economy platform conducts background checks and only in the last few years has ID verification become more of a concern to even the major platforms like the aforementioned Uber who now continuously verifies driver identities.

It is important for businesses to continually update their security by verifying IDs and conducting background checks. In addition, educating customers about best practices will also help to protect privacy and prevent a negative experience.

While companies catch up on their security standards, here are some tips for customers using apps and services:

  1. Learn to Spot Fake Reviews

Don’t be fooled by stellar reviews. If there are only a handful of 5-star reviews, these could have been written by personal friends. Pick someone with hundreds of good reviews and be assured that this provider is giving a consistent, positive experience.

  1. Research Company Methods of ID Verification the Background Checks

Before using any service, do some research about what kind of identity verification they use for employees and users, as well as if background checks are conducted, general policies, and whether there are outstanding lawsuits against the company. Checks such as sex offender registries, DMV records, or taking social security number information are some basic tests of a trusted service.

  1. Change your Profile Pictures

As Sharing Economy platforms become more popular, they often become targets of ID theft and confidence schemes. A good way to avoid being conned is to use a new photo not attached to any other platform that might contain personal information such as LinkedIn or even Facebook.

  1. Think Before You Speak

Don’t talk to strangers about your plans. A handyman, housekeeper, or driver from an app doesn’t need to know where you’re going or how long you’ll be away. In addition, it might be a good idea to let close friends or family know whenever you are on the road, in someone else’s home, or have someone in your own home.

 

Sharing economy platforms and services must do more to protect customer privacy and security. Verifying IDs is a crucial step in establishing trust between customers and providers. Acuant’s ID Proofing Solutions allow businesses to capture accurate ID data, ensure IDs are valid and verify identities in seconds for secure mobile transactions.

Download our idScanGo mobile app in the app store for iOS and Android to see the process in action with your own ID and insurance card.

 

 

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Acuant Powers Peer-to-Peer Sharing Platform Boro with ID Verification, Authentication

Acuant’s Identity Solutions Power Innovation, Disruption in the Sharing Economy

Acuant, a leading provider of data capture and identity verification software globally, today announced a partnership with Boro Technologies Corporation (Boro), a peer-to-peer sharing platform that enables users to rent power tools and other popular home items from peers in local communities throughout North America.

Boro offers its customers low rental prices for high cost items by leveraging a peer-to-peer sharing model, reducing transaction and overhead costs compared with traditional rental arrangements. For owners, Boro creates an immediate opportunity to generate income for unused or lightly used assets, while leveraging a flexible work schedule. For renters, Boro offers a convenient and user-friendly platform that provides the popular items they need at a fraction of the cost of ownership.

In a recent survey of 1,000 individuals ages 18-26, Boro found that 72% of respondents expect to participate in the sharing economy in the next two years; 86% say it makes “life more affordable”; and 89% agree it is based on “trust between providers and users.”

Boro will leverage Acuant’s AssureID™ solution to efficiently register and validate the identity of users on its platform. AssureID provides secure and frictionless transactions for Boro customers by extracting the data from IDs, such as driver’s licenses, and authenticating it in one easy step. Users can register on Apple and Android devices and capture their IDs to be accepted as Boro members.

“We are committed to providing a safe environment and an outstanding user experience for our customers,” said Arvin Bhangu, CEO of Boro. “Acuant, a trusted market leader in identify authentication, helps us build a community of trust with our customers as we launch our platform throughout North America.”

Steve Maloney, EVP Business Development & Strategy of Acuant, further states, “Given the fast growth of the sharing economy, Acuant has recognized and met the need for user friendly mobile ID verification with several offerings and is pleased to have been chosen to help Boro grow their customer base.”

About Boro
Boro changes the way you access the things you need. This unique service is packed with amazing products to use whenever you need – from tools you need to start a home project to drones that you can fly on your time off. Book private products from others around you or list your own. Boro is fun, fast and secure.

About Acuant
Acuant Inc. is a global technology company that provides comprehensive Identity Verification solutions responding to various levels of risk and assurance requirements. Utilizing patented technology Acuant transforms data intake into a business-enhancing proposition while instantly reducing the risk of fraudulent transactions.

Acuant’s intelligent engineering is made to work in any industry in any environment with compatibility for Windows, iOS, Android, Hybrid and HTML 5- and built to allow meeting the highest level security requirements and regulations such as KYC, PII, HIPAA and AML. Partners include start-ups, Fortune 500 and FTSE 350 organizations.

For more information, please visit acuantcorp.com

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Reducing Identity Fraud in the Growing Sharing Economy

The digital economy has brought about the democratization of goods and services thanks to the advancement of technology, such as increased broadband connections with high-speed. It’s also helped modernize the sharing economy to push it forward so that people can enjoy its benefits of convenience, simplicity and consumer empowerment to share almost anything from bicycles and homes to medical equipment. Even businesses are increasingly allowing their employees to take advantage of the cost savings from using ride-hailing and home rental apps. However, the rising threat of identity fraud is becoming synonymous with the growing digital economy. Discover how identity fraud affects the sharing economy and what action you can take to combat it.

Identity fraud is growing.

Identity fraud steadily increases, and technology is making it easier to do. ID fraud increased by 16 percent between 2015 and 2016, and the sharing economy is not immune. The sharing economy can provide a loophole for businesses that fail to do a thorough background check on providers or hosts of services. Moreover, ID fraud is often facilitated via technology with hacking being as simple as exploiting your enterprise’s vulnerabilities or phishing for information from consumers. These instances can potentially leave your business at risk for cyber attacks and liability suits.

ID fraud presents opportunities for “fraud-fighting” technology.

While reputation ratings have been used to help reduce fraudulent behavior, a more digital resolution is gaining popularity for being user-friendly and more secure. As a solution to circumvent identity fraud in the sharing economy, businesses are taking matters into their own hands with “fraud-fighting technology. Businesses and even governments are using biometric security technology, such as facial recognition systems and devices that detect fingerprints digitally. ID scanning or scan license technology, ID authentication and ID verification services also help to mitigate identity theft. They offer the main benefit of being able to verify people’s identities in real-time.

Final Thoughts

Despite the rising risk of identity fraud within the sharing economy, there are several solutions to address identity fraud. Sharing economy businesses can utilize these user-friendly ID verification solutions to instantly reduce fraud and protect both themselves and consumers. With Acuant, it takes less than 10 seconds to authenticate an ID, and another few seconds to match the photo on the ID to a selfie taken with our facial recognition match. Our solutions are all made to support person and card not present transactions for all operating systems that dominate the digital economy. 10 seconds can amount to saving millions of dollars.





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