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Know Your Customer (KYC)

What is Know Your Customer (KYC)?

Know Your Customer (KYC) is the due diligence and regulation that financial institutions and regulated companies must perform in order to identify their clients. Relevant information needs also to be identified in order for those organisations to do financial business with them.

KYC is obtaining and using information that is over and above basic identification of that customer such as:

  • Verifying that the customer is not on any list of known fraudsters or money launderers.
  • Collecting and analysing basic identity information.
  • Monitoring of the customer’s behaviour, including comparisons against expected behaviour.

Increasingly, it is deemed good practice to use KYC information in anti-fraud prevention tactics.

Why does Know Your Customer help?

Know Your Customer is important as it ensures any customers, agents, consultants, distributors and more are compliant with Anti-Bribery and Money Laundering laws. This protects you from any potential risks such as being a victim of fraud yourself or reputational damage from working with others who are guilty of unlawful activity.

How does Experian’s authentication work?

Experian's authentication solutions use an electronic, risk-based approach to identify individuals. An individual's biographical data is compared against the 1 billion records that Experian holds to verify consumers. It looks at the number of electronic records the individual can be matched against, how far back in time they go and the processes that were in place when the records were created. It also checks the data against lists of known terrorists, politically-exposed individuals and money launderers. An authentication decision is then given in seconds, with no need for paper-based proofs. 

How do Experian help with fraud prevention?