Alternative credit scoring fintech CredoLab partners with iovation to fight credit fraud

Alternative credit scoring fintech CredoLab partners with iovation to fight credit fraud

SINGAPORE, Oct. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CredoLab, a Singapore-based developer of bank-grade digital credit scorecards based on anonymous smartphone metadata, has partnered with iovation, a TransUnion company, specializing in device-based fraud detection and authentication solutions. CredoLab is integrating iovation's technology into its own to reduce fraudulent loan and credit card applications while optimizing digital customer onboarding for banks and non-bank lenders worldwide.

CredoLab is leveraging iovation's FraudForce with CredoLab's CredoApp, CredoApply and CredoSDK. FraudForce helps banks and lenders distinguish fraudulent from legitimate transactions by evaluating associated accounts and devices, past device history, and suspicious device behaviors. With the addition of FraudForce, CredoApply becomes an even stronger digital onboarding mobile app. CredoApply provides superior device intelligence encompassing 45 application fraud checks, home and work address verification, employment verification, KYC documents collection and alternative credit scoring. It is able to turn even unbanked users' "thin files" into "thick files".

Peter Barcak, CEO and co-founder of CredoLab, said, "Credit scoring has moved beyond the traditional to include understanding and interpreting repayment behavior through a combination of traditional and smartphone data points. iovation provides next generation digital data analysis to help confidently identify good customers and fraudsters."

"As credit applications increasingly go online so does fraud. In fact, iovation documented a 575% increase in online synthetic identity fraud against our financial services customers from 2015 to 2018," said iovation Vice President of Global Partnerships, Ed Wu. "We're looking forward to helping CredoLab empower its customers to make sound credit decisions through the power of device intelligence."

According to a recent global study by Forrester Consulting and TransUnion, nearly all financial services firms (94 percent) recognized that they have experienced some sort of fraud, whether it's identity theft/new account fraud, synthetic identity fraud, or account takeover fraud in 2017 and 2018.

This partnership supports CredoLab's mission to work with banks and non-bank lenders to improve financial inclusion and access to credit for consumers and small businesses left out of the traditional financial system. The integration of iovation's FraudForce with CredoApp, CredoApply and CredoSDK offers banks and lenders the ability to evaluate potential customers in a secure, transparent and cost-effective manner. Integrating FraudForce also helps CredoLab offer a one-stop-shop solution for banks and lenders to accurately score the unbanked, the new-to-credit and any applicant with a "thin file".

About CredoLab

CredoLab develops bank-grade digital scorecards for banks, consumer finance companies, auto lenders, online and mobile lenders, insurance companies, and retailers from the best alternative data source - smartphone device metadata. Built on over 15 million loan applicants across 50+ lending partners, our AI-based algorithm crunches over 500,000 features from opt-in smartphone metadata to find the most predictive delinquent behavioural patterns before converting them into credit scores. These enable any lender to make the most granular assessments possible of their applicants. With an aggregate of 16 million application downloads, our clients have seen 20% higher new-to-bank customer approvals, up to 15% reduction in non-performing loans, and up to 22% dip in fraud rate.

Established in Singapore in 2016, Credolab has powered almost USD 1 billion in loans issued after analysing about 1 trillion data points across 15 countries. We are backed by Fintonia Group, FORUM, and Walden International.

CredoApply is a digital onboarding mobile app packed with device intelligence. A fully customizable, white labelled app, CredoApply offers banks and lenders the ability to collect application form data, perform 45 different fraud checks, verify applicants' home/work address, verify applicants' employment, and assesses the applicant's credit score digitally thus reducing KYC manual checks. CredoApply is able to turn even unbanked users' "thin files" into "thick files".

CredoApp is a white-label app that, part of the lender's loan or credit card application process, collects privacy-consented and permissioned mobile device metadata. No Personally Identifiable Information (PII) leaves the mobile phone. The information retrieved by CredoApp is used only to calculate the credit score of a user and to find the correlation between her as an applicant and the predicted default rate.

About iovation
iovation, a TransUnion Company, was founded with a simple guiding mission: to make the Internet a safer place for people to conduct business. Since 2004, the company has been delivering against that goal, helping brands protect and engage their customers, and keeping them secure in the complex digital world. Armed with the world's largest and most precise database of reputation insights and cryptographically secure multifactor authentication methods, iovation safeguards tens of millions of digital transactions each day.

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