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One residual benefit of the pandemic has been a reduction in instances of synthetic identity fraud – a criminal strategy that involves cobbling together real and fake personal information to open fraudulent accounts or lines of credit with the goal of stealing or moving money. But the financial institutions that are often targeted by synthetic fraud perpetrators shouldn’t relax yet, because it’s expected to surge when payments put off by pandemic loan forbearance programs start to come due.

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 14 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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