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Application Fraud

Can you prevent first-party, third-party, and synthetic identity fraud and provide customers with great service?

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Make application fraud prevention your competitive advantage


Have abandoned opening a bank account because identity checks were too difficult or time-consuming.


Rank fraud protection as a top three priority when they choose a financial account provider.


Think their identity or personal information could have been used by a fraudster to open a financial account.

Prevent application fraud and improve customer experience

Data breaches, legacy controls, and organizational siloes make it easy for fraudsters to commit application fraud.

  • Predictive analytics

    Stop first-party fraud using predictive analytics.
  • Analyzing data

    Stop third-party fraud by analyzing data from applications at scale to detect links that indicate activity by organized crime.
  • Orchestrate identity-proofing

    Orchestrate identity-proofing solutions to root out applications using stolen or synthetic identities.
  • Monitor accounts

    Continuous analytic monitoring of applications and accounts detect signs of sleeper fraud and behaviors that indicate bust-outs are imminent.

Detect, manage, and prevent application fraud

FICO® Platform capabilities feature analytics, data orchestration, case management, and detection strategies that help you to accurately detect and prevent more fraud.
Bring together data from both internal sources and external sources to determine if a fraudster is using a stolen or synthetic identity.
Uncover links across new applications and existing accounts that point to the activities of organized criminal networks. Use machine learning models to reveal anomalies that signal someone is falsifying information such as income to obtain credit they don’t intend to repay. Continuous analytic monitoring of applications and accounts detects signs of sleeper fraud and behaviors that indicate bust-outs are imminent.
Build rules and decision trees that leverage insights for the best possible outcomes and adapt them as new fraud typologies develop. Orchestrate processes appropriate to each scenario - for example, use adaptive workflows to implement identity checks based on the level of risk for each application. Configure case management capabilities to prioritize and assign cases and ensure the right information is available for fast resolution. Use multi-channel, two-way communications to automate information gathering and keep customers informed.
Create and manage diverse views of data for analysis to better understand and articulate the relative benefits of different fraud strategies. Use simulation to help you test and compare different strategies, identify the best strategies to put into production, and understand the impact they will have on the wider environment — before you deploy.
Realize economies of scale by leveraging the capabilities required to manage application fraud to provide solutions to other challenges, such as credit risk or detecting and managing other types of fraud. With FICO Platform, you gain efficiencies of a single architecture to access data and insight across all use cases, break down organizational siloes for true single customer views, and accelerate digital transformation.
FICO experts can share best practices because they work with many institutions. We have a deep understanding of application fraud prevention and can interpret your requirements and advise on your best path forward. This removes the burden from your fraud and IT so they can keep internal resource levels stable and focused on your priorities. FICO brings an external perspective to enhance fraud strategies to maximize the value of your investment and realize the benefits as fast as possible.
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With machine learning capabilities, FICO® Platform is the only platform optimized to identify a wide array of fraudulent behavior so you can accurately detect crime, efficiently manage cases, and enhance your customers’ experience.  

Case Study

TELUS Strengthens Fraud Protection with FICO®

Leading telecommunications company deploys FICO's application fraud solution to strengthen fraud protection and resilience
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"We now have an integrated fraud and credit check flow built into our systems and processes. We’re looking forward to seeing the results of this project as they continually have a significant and positive impact on our fraud elimination performance!"

Jacqueline Biggart, Manager of Technology Security


FICO solutions offer a wide range of capabilities, empowering you to make smarter, personalized decisions, streamline operations, and improve the customer experience.

Analytics & ML

Leverage our patented AI techniques to develop your advanced analytics and train your ML models to deeply understand and predict customer behavior.
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Make more precise, consistent, and intelligent decisions across your enterprise with expert control over your decision logic.
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Give your business users the crystal ball they need to creatively explore ideas, respond to emerging trends, and build better decisions.
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External Data Access

Inform your decisions and enrich your insights with signals from third-party data and other alternative data sources.
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Composition & Orchestration

Choreograph your intelligence to animate customer journeys by weaving data, insights, and actions into positive, memorable, and valuable moments in your customers lives.
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Feature Management

Get more machine learning projects into production by leveraging a shared library of derived data attributes across your enterprise.
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Our fraud experts are ready to show you how to tackle application fraud across the customer lifecycle to reduce first- and third-party fraud and ensure that you smoothly onboard as many legitimate customers as possible.