Autonet signs deal with Callcredit

Specialist insurance broker to use Callcredit identification software

Leading van insurance broker Autonet has signed up to use Callcredit Information Group's identity verification software to help combat the rising problem of insurance fraud.

The tool allows Autonet, the UK's largest independent van insurance broker, to check that those applying for insurance are who they say they are - protecting both the business and existing customers from the actions of fraudsters. The wider use of motor insurance comparison sites has contributed to increased incidents of insurance fraud, and Autonet is one of the first brokers to use such a service.

Callcredit offers a range of products to reduce fraud across a wide range of business sectors, and the tool used by Autonet helps businesses meet stringent anti-money laundering requirements by verifying the identity of new customers. It gives access to a comprehensive range of data sources, enabling users to instantly verify a customer's identity.

Ian Donaldson, Managing Director of Autonet, said: "Insurance brokers typically do not check identity at the point of application, but at Autonet we're proud to be leading the way in fraud prevention. Insurance fraud is an increasing problem, particularly given the popularity of comparison sites, but working with Callcredit will allow us to spot potentially fraudulent applications at an early stage."

James Blake, Head of Sales at Callcredit, said: "We're delighted to be working with Autonet. Fraud costs Britain £30bn a year, but our range of prevention and monitoring tools are designed to be flexible and very easy to use, making them a highly popular solution in a range of sectors.

"Our products aim to provide confidence to businesses that the customers they're dealing with are genuine, which reduces operational costs and improves customer satisfaction, while helping organisations to stay one step ahead of the fraudsters."