Battle Against Mortality Fraud Intensifies
on: June 26, 2009, 4:51 am
order to offer their customers increased protection against impersonation
of the deceased (IOD) fraud, Tracesmart have considerably increased
the coverage of mortality data they hold. The consumer data specialists
have now incorporated the General Register Office (GRO) death
indexes for England and Wales from 1980-1983 into their
Tracesmart Corporate suite of services; this being only the
beginning of their comprehensive death index digitisation project.
GRO has collated registers of important civil events, such as
births, deaths and marriages, since 1837, but it was not until
1984 that they began to digitise records. All registrations prior
to 1984 are held on microfiche. In 2005 the GRO initiated the
'Digitisation of Vital Events' (DOVE) project to digitise the
birth, death and marriage indexes, but unfortunately following
major delays the project was put on hold, with only birth records
up to 1934 and death records up to 1957 having been digitised;
it is not known when the project will recommence.
index data is a pivotal tool in the fight against IOD fraud.
With a lack of historical death data available electronically
and having acquired microfiches holding all deaths registered
in England and Wales covering 1960 Ė 1983, Tracesmart embarked
on a comprehensive death index digitisation project. Utilising
an offshore service provider, the company are ensuring 99.95%
accuracy on all records digitised through a strict quality control
procedure and, when completed in 2010, the project will yield
approximately 14,500,000 death records in a digital format.
have completed the initial stage of this project and the 1980
Ė 1983 death indexes (some 2,500,000 records) have already been
integrated into their mortality database. These additions make
it both the most comprehensive and extensive commercially available
mortality database in the UK.
the 1980 Ė 1983 death indexes will be essential for conducting
comprehensive identity checks
cleansing exercises, they will also play a significant role
when financial institutions wish to trace people as
part of an asset reunification program. From their considerable
experience in tracing dormant account holders, Tracesmart know
that many of the missing individuals will transpire to have died
prior to 1984. Whereas to identify such events previously involved
labour intensive research, it can now be done at the click of
on how the new death records and their ongoing digitisation project
will help their customers Mike Trezise, Managing Director of Tracesmart,
on from the integration of death registration information into
our anti-fraud services last year, we are continuing to enhance
our mortality database. From a service standpoint this data means
we can improve and enhance much of our portfolio, especially our
identity verification and mortality screening services. This,
in turn, allows our clients to better defend against mortality
related fraud, protecting both the company and consumer alike."
Details: About Tracesmart
Limited was formed in 1999 and supplies a diverse range
of consumer data cleansing, identity check and people tracing
tools to a wide variety of industries. The companyís client base
ranges from SME to Blue Chip, who are all recipients of bespoke
solutions, built around their specific needs.
Mike Trezise is the founder and Managing Director
of Tracesmart. With over 25 years tracing and fraud analysis experience
his unrivalled knowledge provides the company with a distinct
Adam Smith Ė Marketing Manager
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Tel: 029 2047 4120
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