Synthetic Identity Fraud

Synthetic identity fraud is a type of identity theft where fraudsters create new identities by combining real and fake information. It involves using a combination of genuine personal details such as Social Security numbers, names, addresses, and fake information such as date of birth and contact information. The purpose of this type of fraud is to establish a credit record and use it to obtain credit products, loans, and other financial services.

To execute synthetic identity fraud, fraudsters often target individuals with limited credit history, such as children or individuals with no credit background. They apply for credit using these synthetic identities, and over a period of time, they establish a credit history by making small purchases and payments, often in good faith. Once a satisfactory credit record is built, the fraudsters exploit it by applying for larger loans or credit lines and eventually defaulting on them, resulting in financial losses for businesses and a compromised credit system. Since the synthetic identities are a combination of real and fake information, it makes detection and prevention challenging, resulting in significant financial and legal consequences for both individuals and institutions.

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