‘Identity Theft Reaches Shocking New Heights’ – Reveals Shufti Pro Global ID Fraud Report 2021

Globally acclaimed identity verification service provider, Shufti Pro, released new data in a recently published Global ID Fraud Report – 2021 which entails insights from ample research of 11 months of verification. The report shed a light on the evolving fraudulent activities and advanced manipulation techniques that Shufti Pro encountered in 2021. Experts from Shufti Pro have also forecasted fraud predictions that will threaten the corporate sector in 2022.

The constant spike in identity and financial fraud with each passing year causes major troubles for both retailers and customers. In 2021, Shufti Pro captured around 33% of tampered ID document fraud attempts. Sudan, Kenya, Cameroon, and Ethiopia were the primary targets of fraudsters with biometric fraud attempts surpassing 50% in 2021. MRZ manipulation, counterfeit documents, and imitated security features are some of the reasons that caused an increase in fraud.

COVID-19 pandemic has further fueled the fire as the report found that the fraud rate recorded in 2020 was approximately 21%, while in 2021, even though the physical restriction began to lift, the overall scam rate was increased by a whopping 3%. Taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and recurring lockdowns, perpetrators fully targeted businesses and customers in the holiday season. Impersonation scams, synthetic ID fraud, account takeover, and chargebacks were some of the most encountered fraud attempts this holiday season.

“We are surprised to see the remarkable turn of fraudsters from simple manipulation of identity documents to tech-driven tampering to dodge identity verification,”

said Victor Fredung, the CEO of Shufti Pro.

“As we move on to 2022, I would advise businesses in every industry to employ robust mechanisms to combat identity thieves and financial criminals.”

The key takeaways from the report include:

  • Around 30% of the phishing emails sent every day are opened by victims and 12% of them click on the malicious link given. Considering the growing trends of fraud, it is observed that phishing attacks will be greatly used by fraudsters to carry out illegal activities
  • Millions were laundered through virtual assets in 2021 and considering the fraud cases it is predicted that crypto and NFT-based criminal activities will increase significantly in the coming years
  • The trends in remote working will provide fraudsters an edge to easily target companies that are employing remote working, especially during a pandemic

About Shufti Pro

Shufti Pro is globally acclaimed for providing a rapid, secure, and compliant means of performing digital identity verification. Its AI-based identity verification services have a remarkable accuracy rate of 98.67% and are offered in 230+ countries and territories. By supporting 3000+ identity documents in 150+ languages, Shufti Pro has proven itself to be ideal for eliminating the risk of digital identity and financial frauds faced by businesses.