FICO Survey: 1 in 7 Vietnamese Consumers Suspect Their Identity Was Stolen, 1 in 10 Knows It Was

From: FICO
Published: Mon Apr 26 2021

FICO’s identity proofing and digital banking survey shows identity theft is a tangible threat for people in Vietnam – 9.5 percent said they know their identity has been stolen and used by a fraudster to open an account, while a further 15 percent believe it is likely to have happened.

The acknowledged level of risk from identity theft means there is a good understanding of why identity proofing is an integral part of the banking experience in Vietnam.

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Understanding the need for ID proofing

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of respondents recognized that identity proofing happens for their protection. However, in Vietnam some consumers are cynical about the reasons their identity is confirmed. While 56 percent recognize there is an element of regulation driving providers to carry out more checks, 28 percent think this is done to enable financial institutions to sell more.

A majority (60 percent) of Vietnamese respondents did see identity proofing as a way for banks to protect themselves, while 49 percent regard it as a tool to prevent money laundering.

Most Vietnamese are open to providing their bank with a biometric such as a facial scan, fingerprint, or voiceprint to secure their accounts. The survey revealed that once they understand why it’s necessary, 41 percent are happy to provide their biometrics. Only 9 percent say that banks should never capture biometrics, while just 10 percent are willing but unhappy to provide them.

"In a lot of Asian countries, fingerprinting, identity cards and authentication apps have been commonplace for some time," said Subhashish Bose, lead for fraud, security and compliance in Asia Pacific. "There is less concern around privacy and the survey shows there is broad acceptance of the benefits that biometrics deliver when it comes to securing bank accounts and stopping money laundering."

Asia is all about smartphones…and branches

In Vietnam, 44 percent of consumers prefer to open bank accounts digitally while 37 percent prefer branches. Account opening by phone (11%) and post (5%) is twice as popular than in the other Asian countries surveyed. However, over the last year, thanks to the pandemic, 63 percent of Vietnamese are more likely to open an account digitally than a year ago; while those who attend branches often do so for social and technical reasons.

"While digital banking is growing steadily, Vietnam remains a largely unbanked and cash-based society, with those who do have accounts visiting branches to make deposits and withdrawals," said Bose. "Slow internet connections and a strong belief that accessing a branch offers a more informed and secure account opening process explains why many Vietnamese turn up in person."

As the landscape evolves and a preference for digital banking rises, there will be further opportunity for banks who adopt multichannel strategies and can engender trust in digital channels.

Don’t ask me to jump through hoops

Vietnamese who open an account digitally, prefer to carry out the process entirely in their chosen channel whether it be smartphone or website. If customers are asked to move out of channel to prove their identities, many of them will abandon the application, either giving up on opening an account completely (7 to 9%) or by going to a competitor (9 to 17%). Of those who don’t immediately abandon, up to an additional 21 percent will delay the process.

The survey found that any disruption matters. Asking people to scan and email documents or use a separate identity portal causes almost as much application abandonment as asking them to visit branches or mail in documents.

This survey was conducted in January 2021 by an independent research company adhering to research industry standards. 1,000 Vietnamese adults were surveyed, along with 13,000 consumers in the USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

FICO will discuss the results in a session at its free virtual event Success Realized: Digital Transformation Delivered (APAC), which runs April 27-29, 2021.

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