Munich—July 21, 2011—FICO (NYSE:FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced that it has helped leading German bank Deutsche Postbank AG to significantly reduce the fraud rate in its consumer loan business.
Building on the bank’s existing fraud prevention approach, experts from FICO and Postbank have developed and implemented an optimized strategy for the detection of fraud and abuse in credit applications. In addition, FICO developed for Postbank an analytic model for fraud detection in real time. The model is able to identify previously undetected fraud patterns and to calculate the likelihood of fraud for any customer loan application.
Guido Wrede, head of the Credits and Cards Department with Postbank, said: “Since implementing the strategy developed with FICO and the new analytic model a year ago, our system detects a large proportion of fraud attempts. This has led to a significant decrease of bad debt losses related to fraud.”
“Banks with attractive offers and customer-friendly application processes increasingly attract fraudsters,“ said Phillip Sertel, senior director for the DACH, Central and Eastern Europe regions at FICO. ”We support banks in securing their competitive position and protecting themselves against fraud attempts with a powerful solution.“
In Germany, there is great demand for instalment loans granted by Postbank. Postbank has rapidly extended this business, recording a growth of around 30 percent between 2008 and 2010. Currently, the loan volume is at approximately 4 billion euros.
The Postbank Group, with its 14 million customers, 20,000 employees and a balance sheet total of 211 billion euros, is one of Germany’s large financial service providers. Its main business is retail banking with private customers. In addition to this, it is also actively involved in business with corporate customers. As part of its “Transaction Banking“ business area, it provides back-office services to other financial services providers. For further information please visit www.postbank.de.
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