Vietnam Vietnam
Consumers encountered most fraud incidents in retail and telco during the past 12 months
  • 55%
  • 54.5%
  • 32.8%
  • 35.2%
  • 55% and 54.5% have experienced fraud at least once in retail and telco, respectively, compared to 32.8% and 35.2% on average
  • Impact: Overall anti-fraud capabilities need improvement
Thailand Thailand
Most Thai consumers believe speed and resolution are severely lacking (response/ detection speed toward fraud incidents)
AP Average
  • 60.5% think it is most important, compared to 47.7% on average
  • Impact: Response time as one of key factors to fraud management to retain customers and gain their trust
India India as standalone
Consumers have the largest number of shopping app accounts in the region
  • Average of three accounts per person
  • Impact: Highest exposure to online fraud
China China
Consumers are the most tolerant toward submitting and sharing of personal data
AP Average
  • 46.6% compared to the AP average of 27.5% are accepting of sharing personal data of existing accounts with other business entities
  • Impact: higher exposure of data privacy and risk of fraud
New Zealand
New Zealand New Zealand
Consumers make most of their payments by internet banking
  • 74%
  • 70.5%
  • 54.5%
  • 46.5%
  • 39.6%
  • 40.7%
  • A higher percentage make payments via internet banking to banks and insurance companies, telcos, and retailers, respectively, compared to the regional average
  • Impact: Anti-fraud capabilities critical to the increased digital transaction frequency and customers’ trust in banks
Australia Australia
Consumers are most satisfied with the post-fraud service of banks and insurances companies
  • More than 70% satisfaction rate compared to 59.7% on average
  • Impact: Increased trust in BFSIs
Indonesia Indonesia
Consumers that encountered most fraud incidents in the past 12 months

AP Average

  • 49.8% have experienced fraud at least once compared to 34.7% on average
  • Impact: Overall anti-fraud capabilities need improvement
Singapore Singapore
Consumers have the highest trust towards government
AP Average
  • 75.5% choose government agencies, compared with 51.7% on average
  • Impact: Trust of personal data protection is centered around government agencies
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Hong Kong
The least percentage of consumers with high satisfaction level toward banks and insurance companies’ fraud management
AP Average
  • Only 9.7% are most satisfied compared to 21.1% on average
  • Impact: effective response towards fraud incidents to be improved
Japan Japan as standalone
Consumers most cautious on digital accounts and transactions
50.7% Actively maintain digital accounts’ validity
27% AP Average
45.5% Do not do online bank transfers
13.5% AP Average
  • More than 70% did not encounter fraud incidents in past 12 months, compared to 50% on average
  • Impact: Relatively low risk of fraud

Experian releases 2021 Global Identity and Fraud Report

Experian releases 2021 Global Identity and Fraud Report

Nearly one-third of businesses in Asia Pacific focus on revenue generation rather than fraud detection efforts


SINGAPORE, 25 May 2021: A new global report by Experian shows businesses across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region are deprioritising security and fraud prevention, as nearly one third favour an emphasis on revenue generation. This is an approach that could increase the risk of an already vulnerable digital ecosystem for consumers across the region.


This is according to Experian’s 5th Global Identity and Fraud Report, which included respondents from Australia, India, Japan and Singapore. Across these four markets, businesses are increasingly shifting to digital to meet consumers online: 8 in 10 say they currently have a digital online identity strategy in place for recognising customers across digital platforms, while 73% are confident they have the right metrics and KPIs in place to effectively manage fraud. As businesses focus on digitisation, the risk of fraud grows significantly as fraudsters can increase their scale of attack through faceless, automated schemes.


Despite growing fraud risk due to digitisation, there was a 16-percentage point decline in business intention to increase fraud management budgets from June 2020 to January 2021, with half (53%) expecting to do so in the next six months. Overall, the APAC region reported the most significant change compared to the other regions globally, with India (59%) and Australia (57%) most likely to increase fraud management budgets, followed by Singapore (52%) and Japan (46%). These results indicate that businesses may not realise the same data and tools utilised to improve security and fraud detection also enhance the customer experience, if implemented properly.


The pandemic caused a surge in digital activity, far greater than expected, and this trend is not likely to go away. In fact, nearly half (46%) of consumers from the countries surveyed anticipate increasing their spending on items purchased online in the next three to six months. With fraud rates continuing to rise, APAC consumers are prioritising a safe and secure online environment – 56% indicate that security is the most important dimension when it comes to an online experience. Additionally, three out of five APAC consumers expect that businesses should provide increased levels of security and data protection when going online.


“It’s understandable that businesses are focusing on revenue generation, digitisation, and creating a better digital customer experience, especially in the context of a pandemic. However, the rise in digitisation means greater risk for businesses and without a focus on fraud prevention, they will be prone to losses in the long-term. While creating a great online consumer experience is important, enterprises who put all their money into the digital experience at the expense of fraud prevention will be targeted by fraudsters, who have sophisticated ways of identifying weaker online platforms and targeting them. Businesses need to strike a balance between ensuring a top-notch digital experience and keeping their fraud prevention programme up to speed,” says Ben Elliott, CEO Asia Pacific, Experian. “Organised cybercrime leads to a rise in fraudulent activity during an economic downturn. When businesses invest in fraud protection, they are protecting themselves, and their customers. While financial losses are the primary damage for businesses impacted by fraud, the collateral damage is customer trust – something even more difficult to regain once lost.”


The report also uncovered a mismatch between fraud detection and prevention methods adopted by businesses and consumer preferences. While businesses across the countries surveyed in the APAC region are still investing in traditional methods to mitigate fraud, such as security questions and passwords, APAC consumers prefer invisible means of security. In fact, 72% feel the most secure while using physical biometrics or having a PIN code sent to their mobile device. This demonstrates a shift in consumer behaviour that moves away from outdated security measures, indicating that businesses should take a new approach to security, layering visible and invisible methods.


These changing consumer expectations for security will affect businesses across all aspects of the customer journey - for example, more than two-thirds of APAC consumers will abandon a transaction if they have to wait more than 30 seconds. This means fraud checks and authentication is also required to be fast and seamless to improve loyalty and trust. Investments by APAC businesses into advanced customer authentication methods translates into improved consumer opinion.


The annual Global Identity and Fraud Report surveyed more than 9,000 consumers and 2,700 businesses during three waves throughout the pandemic across 10 countries spanning North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. This includes the 3,000 consumers and 900 business executives across four Asia Pacific countries – Australia, India, Japan and Singapore.


The Global Identity and Fraud Report can be downloaded here: 2021 Global Identity and Fraud Report


Experian’s identity and fraud business comprises more than 300 fraud experts around the world working to protect people’s identities and fight fraud for businesses across multiple sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, retail/e-commerce, insurance, government and healthcare.

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By Experian 05/25/2021

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