As of January 15 2019, the four Icelandic general (non-life) insurance companies will start using a new claims database for the Icelandic Financial Services Association (SFF) run by Creditinfo. The database will be used to counter organized insurance fraud, as it has been on the increase in relation to organized crime. According to a statement by the Icelandic Police, these groups seem to have found a loop hole in insurance fraud cases in Iceland.
It is estimated that insurance fraud in Iceland can amount to billions of Krónur a year. Such instances of fraud lead to unequivocally higher expenses for the insurance companies’, and this is passed on to the public, who therefore get indirectly harmed by insurance fraud. Among the key things that can be seen in the claims base is whether the same damage has been paid out by more than one insurance company.
Information contained in the claims base is included in the updated policyholder’s terms. The claims base will record the claim reported to the insurance companies that are members of the Financial Services Association (SFF), with the exception of damages covered by life and health insurance. SFF is the operator and controller of the claims base, and Creditinfo has been hired to be the processor of the database with authority from the Data Protection Authority. The insurance companies’ customers can access information from the claims database on My Creditinfo – mitt.creditinfo.is
According to a recent article by Mckinsey, many fraudsters are now using fictitious, synthetic IDs to draw credit. Applying for credit using a combination of real and fake, or sometimes entirely fake, information creates synthetic IDs. The act of applying for credit automatically creates a credit file at the bureau in the name of the synthetic ID, so a fraudster can now set up accounts in this name and begin to build credit.
Creditinfo has however started to combat this act of fraud in the Kenyan mobile lending space with a new Integrated anti-fraud solution, which uses advanced analytics. “The credit bureau already contains significant data which can be used to highlight potential fraudulent applications, this solution is integrated to the Instant Decision Solution which is used by many mobile lenders to optimize the lending accept-reject and limit allocation”, said Dmitry Batygin, Product Manager at Creditinfo Solutions .
Major mobile lender in Kenya making thousands requests a day said, “We started observing positive results seconds after the introduction and implementation of this check. We look forward to other rules that might be comparably powerful for our decision-making”.
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Recently, there has been much publicity about the 1.5 million Kenyans who have been negatively listed on the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) as a result of borrowing from micro-lenders.
— by Kevin Mutiso
“The integration of innovative credit evaluation solutions based on personality features with a robust credit bureau system such as CBS will enable the Kenyan market to have a tangible competitive advantage in the area of credit,” said Kamau Kunyiha, CEO of Creditinfo Kenya. In partnership with Coremetrix.
The Kenyan market is amongst the first in Africa to benefit from a fully integrated psychometric module within a credit bureau system, thus enabling more accurate credit decisioning and broader access to finance, thanks to an additional layer of information on the consumer, coming from the consumer himself/herself: information on one’s personality.
On Friday, April 27, 2018, Creditinfo Guyana hosted, current and potential subscribers from a broad range of utility, financial and other commercial entities, at a Breakfast Seminar in Georgetown to coincide with the visit of the Group CEO, Executive Director and Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. In attendance were representatives from 23 institutions.
Creditinfo Jamaica organised its first Business Solutions Breakfast Seminar, which was held in Kingston, Jamaica. The Seminar was held with a view of exposing subscribers and other critical industry officials to Creditinfo’s Value Added Products.
Our decision to partner with Creditinfo for Risk Management Services is hinged on their innovative value-added services, risk consulting and overall commitment of the leadership team. Creditinfo is a leader in automated risk-decisioning systems, data analytics and scoring services. Their risk consulting services is world class and manned by the best.
We use Instant Decision Module (IDM), their flagship product for risk-decisioning in our micro-lending business. IDM provides us the means to securely protect our risk decisioning rules, which, equates to our IP; IDM also enables us to set risk decisioning rules at granular level, and to track/measure outcomes for post-mortem reviews. It has a web-service interface that enables our loan application to interact with it in real-time. With IDM, risk becomes measurable and controllable.
— Ikedichi Kanu, Country Head at Atlas Mara Digital, Kenya
In order to contribute in strengthening the credibility of checks and reducing the risk of unpaid checks, Bank Al-Maghrib has signed an agreement, with Creditinfo Checks, for the management of the Irregular Check Centralization Service (SCCI), following expressed interest.