Fraud Management & Cybercrime , ID Fraud

How Fraudsters Changed Their Synthetic Fraud Tactics

Sontiq’s Al Pascual Discusses Synthetic ID Fraud, Importance of Industry Collaboration
Al Pascual n senior vice president, data breach solutions at Sontiq

The modus operandi of fraudsters for synthetic ID fraud changed drastically between 2020 and 2021, says Al Pascual, senior vice president, data breach solutions at Sontiq, a TransUnion company.

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"What we saw was pretty surprising. Between 2020 and 2021, the losses and incidents around synthetics, when it comes to credit-related products, were down," says Pascual.

"This is not to say that synthetics went away in the credit space. Last year, what we could talk about was benefits fraud. Criminals were stealing so much money that they were struggling to get it out of the system. Synthetics were turning up in massive numbers, but they were turning up in demand deposit accounts," he says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Pascual discusses:

  • How fraudsters changed their modus operandi during the pandemic;
  • Ways the industry can collaborate better;
  • How the identity market will evolve in 2022.

Pascual is the senior vice president, data breach solutions at Sontiq, a TransUnion company. Previously, he was the COO at Breach Clarity, a fraud prevention and detection technology startup. He has also served as head of fraud and security for Javelin Strategy & Research, where he directed the company's research and analysis on consumer identity theft trends. Earlier, he led investigations into cases of organized payment fraud at FIS.

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Suparna Goswami

Suparna Goswami

Associate Editor, ISMG

Goswami has more than 10 years of experience in the field of journalism. She has covered a variety of beats including global macro economy, fintech, startups and other business trends. Before joining ISMG, she contributed for Forbes Asia, where she wrote about the Indian startup ecosystem. She has also worked with UK-based International Finance Magazine and leading Indian newspapers, such as DNA and Times of India.

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