News release:  9 October 2008
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Experian enhances fraud fighting capabilities with newly available death registration information
Experian first Credit Reference Agency to be granted licence by General Register Office

Nottingham, UK, October 9, 2008 – Experian¨, has welcomed the announcement from the General Register Office (GRO) that it will share death registration information with the global information services company.  The move by the GRO, which is part of the Identity and Passport Service, will provide Experian with enhanced capabilities to prevent deceased fraud. 

Experian is the only Credit Reference Agency to have been granted a licence by the GRO to receive death registration information.

The GRO for England & Wales, together with its counterparts in Scotland and Northern Ireland, will provide Experian with details of everyone who has died in the UK.   By including this information within its identity verification and fraud detection rules, Experian will automatically detect and flag to lenders fraudulent attempts to apply for credit and other financial services using the identity of someone who has died.

Gillian Key-Vice, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Experian, commented: "We are delighted that our expertise in fraud prevention has been recognised by the GRO.   

Having access to death registration information further enhances our fraud prevention capabilities and provides our clients with a vital new tool in the fight against deceased fraud."