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FICO UK Research Finds Fraud Protection Is a Bank’s Secret Advantage

February 19, 2024 at 4:15 AM EST

Report on Fraud, Identity and Digital Banking reveals that good fraud strategies are the secret weapon to win and retain customers – as long as checks don’t take too long

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 19, 2024-- FICO (NYSE: FICO): A new study of 1,000 UK consumers by global analytics software leader FICO1 has put the spotlight on the customer acquisition and retention advantages of strong fraud strategies. Once simply viewed as necessary overhead, according to the new research fraud departments are now the secret weapon in winning customers. Fraud protection was cited as the highest priority for individuals when choosing a provider for a new financial account. However, enhanced fraud prevention processes cannot come at any cost. One in five said they would abandon opening an account if ID checks take too long.

More information: https://www.fico.com/en/latest-thinking/ebook/fraud-identity-and-digital-banking-consumer-survey-2023-united-kingdom

Key findings

  • 34% rank good fraud protection as their top consideration when opening a new account; 73% had it in their top three
  • The type of fraud that worried Brits most is the threat of a fraudster using their identity to open an account, followed by their card being stolen and used
  • 18% will abandon opening a current account if identity checks are too difficult or time-consuming
  • Biometrics are a favourite security choice, with 68% preferring to use fingerprints

“Financial institutions should use fraud protection as a competitive advantage,” commented James Roche, a principal fraud consultant at FICO. “Customers are looking for providers they can trust, so institutions should shout about the excellent fraud protection they provide. But when it comes to application and onboarding, they must be sure those protections, fraud checks and identity proofing are appropriate, proportionate and time-efficient to reduce the chance of dropouts.”

Whilst 34% said they are more likely to open a financial account digitally than they were a year ago, the expectation for a frictionless experience has also increased. Consumers expect the application process to be fast. Almost one in five will abandon an application if the checks are too difficult or take too long. Two thirds expect to spend less than 30 minutes opening a current account.

“If one place in the onboarding process sees a high proportion of dropouts, FIs should consider altering the order in which checks are made and whether some could happen once the customer has been accepted,” added Roche.

The new report - Fraud, Identity and Digital Banking - reveals how the landscape has changed when it comes to identity verification. Just a few years ago biometrics was an unknown science for consumers. The FICO research shows the shift, as 54% believe fingerprint scans provide essential protection; 52% ranked face scans and 49% iris scans. However, more education is still needed on behavioural biometrics, with just 17% believing these provide excellent protection.

The FICO report also identifies the financial crimes that consumers are most worried about, with identity theft to open a new account the top ranked concern at 30%. Bank account takeover was ranked the crime most feared by 20% of respondents and 16% ranked being tricked into sending money to a fraudster as the top concern. Giving customers confidence that a financial institution is using the best processes to mitigate against these threats is, therefore, critical.

“Aiming for completely frictionless experiences could leave a financial institution over-exposed to fraud,” concluded Roche. “Indeed, appropriate friction can actually help customers feel protected. The reality is, checks must be proportionate and personal to each customer and interaction. Therefore, fraud protection needs to be adaptive, using all streams of customer data for the best outcome for the customer and the institution.”

FICO® Platform unites core capabilities that aid detection and resolution across the customer lifecycle, including pre- and post-book. API access to third-party providers allows users to add and remove data sources as they see fit, and FICO Platform gives data science teams what they need to get their models into production. FICO models reduce false positives so fewer applicants are subjected to additional fraud checks. Two-way, multi-channel communications keep customers informed and automate information gathering to help resolve cases.

1 Research conducted online by an independent research company adhering to research industry standards. 1,000 UK adults were surveyed, concluding in November 2023.

Read the full report and find out how FICO can help banks and other financial institutions implement successful fraud protection.

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Source: FICO