Top 10 Fraud Ring Cities

September 2, 2015
By Darwin Villagomez

Financial institutions, telecommunications, and marketplace lending companies receive applications for their products and services on a daily basis. Some of these applications are subsequently determined to be fraudulent. At ID Analytics, we regularly screen credit card openings, new cell phone account applications and applications for many other products and services, in addition to tracking account-change events such as changes of address that can suggest attempts at account takeover. We also periodically analyze risk events, such as new account openings or account changes, for the likelihood of identity fraud and credit risk. Through this ongoing analysis, ID:A labs has identified the top ten cities in the United States that have appeared associated with fraud rings for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.


Top 10 cities in the US based on the number of fraud ring applications detected

  1. Chicago, IL
  2. Detroit, MI
  3. Houston, TX
  4. Miami, FL
  5. Brooklyn, NY
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Memphis, TN
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. Bronx, NY
  10. Dallas, TX


While fraudulent activity can occur anywhere, our data suggests that there are distinct hot spots of fraud ring activity. By tracking these data elements, we gain greater insight into fraudulent behavior, which allows us to deliver a comprehensive view into fraud risk. To learn more about fraud rings and how we evaluate fraud risk, download our white paper ‘I See Fraud Rings’.