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Experian Reveals Surge in Mortgage and Savings Fraud

August 29, 2012

LONDON, August 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Experian, the global information services company, has revealed that the mortgage
industry saw a 23 per cent jump in attempted fraud rates between April and June 2012. In
the meantime, Experian’s latest Fraud Index shows that fraud fell by three per cent
year-on-year across financial services products with automotive finance and insurance
providers witnessing the biggest decreases during the period.

A total of 39 in every 10,000 mortgage applications were identified as fraudulent
between April and June 2012, up from 32 in during the same period in 2011. Experian’s
fraud analysis also revealed that the majority of attacks on mortgage products continue to
come from first party fraudsters, individuals misrepresenting their own circumstances.
Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of attempted mortgage fraud was due to individuals hiding
adverse credit information and a further one in five (21 per cent) applicants providing
misleading employment histories.

Savings accounts saw a 109 per cent uplift in fraud rates over during the period also.
A total of 13 fraudulent applications in every 10,000 were detected, up from 6 in every
10,000 a year ago. Third party identity fraudsters were responsible for the vast majority
(88 per cent) of fraudulent activity in this sector. 11 in every 10,000 falsified savings
account applications were down to unrelated third parties. This kind of identity fraud is
often perpetrated for money laundering or sleeper fraud purposes.

Nick Mothershaw, Director of Identity & Fraud Services at Experian in the UK and
Ireland, commented: “Over the course of the last year, we have seen mortgages continue to
be targeted at a high rate, with more people trying to misrepresent their personal,
employment and credit information on applications to get properties out of their reach. At
the same time, we have also seen an increase in the number of properties where the use of
the property is misdeclared, such as applying for a regular residential mortgage on a
buy-to-let property.

“Meanwhile, deposit taking products – such as current and savings accounts – continue
to be heavily targeted by third party identity fraudsters for money laundering purposes
and as a sleeper platform from which to target more lucrative credit products.

“Robust fraud prevention relies on thorough and efficient validation of customers’
identities and the information presented on the application form. It is vital that finance
providers share comprehensive and timely information about finance applications and known
frauds to help combat this common threat to the industry.”

The automotive finance industry saw a decrease of 32 per cent in Q2. 16 in every
10,000 applications were discovered to be fraudulent, down from 24 in every 10,000
applications last year. Attempts at hiding adverse credit (64 per cent) were still the
most common method when applying for automotive finance.

About Experian:

Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and
analytical tools to clients in more than 80 countries. The company provides payment
software [http://www.experian.co.uk/payments/home-page/index.html ], helps businesses to
manage credit risk, prevent fraud through its fraud management system
[http://www.experian.co.uk/business-services/fraud-prevention.html ], target marketing
offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit
report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the
FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2011 was US$4.2 billion.
Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 41 countries and has its corporate
headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK;
California, US; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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