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70% of Crypto Companies Report Deepfake Fraud Rise

Updated: Jan 22

New research on identity verification in the crypto industry by Sumsub finds the number of deep fakes in the sector increasing by 128%

Sumsub, a full-cycle verification platform, today releases its State of Verification and Monitoring in the Crypto Industry 2023 report. The findings focus on crypto companies' regulations and verification practices, with highlights from verification performance and identity fraud statistics.

The report intends to provide crypto businesses with a clear understanding of industry verification standards and trends, offering insights into enhancing user experience and improving operations. Sumsub surveyed 100+ crypto companies to gather direct insights and combined its results with expert interviews of professionals in the crypto industry. Overall, 800,000+ fraud attempts were studied for this report. All data was aggregated and anonymised.

Key findings from the report include*:

  • 77% of crypto companies observed new fraud patterns and schemes this year, with attack methods becoming more professional;

  • Deepfakes remain a growing concern for the crypto industry, with 70% of noting their increasing popularity among fraudsters;

  • In 2023, the number of deepfakes in the crypto industry increased by 128% compared to 2022;

  • 55% of crypto companies reported an increase in fraud-related losses - both financial and reputational - connected to applicants;

The shift from document-based to Non-Doc verification solutions is underway in crypto, demonstrating faster verification, from 38 to as fast as five seconds and from 46 to as quick as three seconds in Brazil and Ghana, respectively.

“As the crypto industry continues to evolve, we see a global trend of decreasing onboarding time for crypto users,” comments Jacob Sever, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Sumsub.

“From 2022 to 2023, verification time nearly halved across all regions, driven by the growing expectation of swifter processes among users. As such, providers face the challenge of complying with increasingly stringent regulations, making solutions such as Non-Doc Verification essential. By expediting onboarding processes, crypto firms eliminate the need for users to upload any documents, better allowing providers to keep pace with industry demands and enhance pass rates, all while thwarting the threat of synthetic fraud.”

To download the free State of Verification and Monitoring in the Crypto Industry 2023 report, visit

The statistics presented in the report are based on Sumsub’s internal data on millions of verification checks analyzed in the first 8 months of 2023 and the same period in 2022.



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About Sumsub

Sumsub is a full-cycle verification platform that secures the whole user journey. With Sumsub™’s customisable KYC, KYB, transaction monitoring and fraud prevention solutions, you can orchestrate your verification process, welcome more customers worldwide, meet compliance requirements, reduce costs and protect your business.

Sumsub has over 2,000 clients across the fintech, crypto, transportation, trading, e-commerce and gaming industries including Binance, Mercuryo, Bybit, Huobi, Unlimit, DiDi, Poppy and TransferGo.

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