How A New App Is Fighting Identity Fraud In South Africa
A new locally developed application, or app, called WhoYou™ aims to combat the rising identity fraud cases in South Africa. The app turns smartphones into advanced ID fingerprint scanners.
According to the latest statistics from the South African Police Service (SAPS), the app is much needed as 83,823 commercial crime cases were reported from January to March 2019. That’s a 14% increase from 2018.
Around 65,964 cases from those were classified as fraud and a great number of them consisted of identity fraud.
Story from The South African. Story by Junie Sihlangu.
‘What the mobile app does is to try and make identity verification more accessible in order to tackle the scourge. The
Within seconds, WhoYou will send the thumbprints electronically to the National Population Register (NPR) if the individual has, of course, consented. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) maintains the NPR’s database.
Craig Hills, Business Development Director of Fides Cloud Technologies explained: “
He further explained the origins of the app saying: “
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