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This report explains the evolution of synthetic identity fraud, analyzes methods being used to perpetrate it, identifies trends in synthetic identity activity including impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, and ultimately offers a 10-point strategy for combating this rapidly growing threat and eventually eradicating the plague of synthetic fraud.


Highlights of this report include:

  • Common patterns that bad actors use to create synthetic identities, including birth months, locations, familiar names, and more
  • Early definitions of synthetic fraud have broadened to include manipulated identities
  • Synthetic fraud behavior has shifted over time from instant gratification to money movement through mules
  • Research that shows how the global pandemic had a significant impact on synthetic identities infiltrating the DDA, lending, and investment sectors

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