INTRODUCING | SumSub Expands Non-Document Verification Solution to Africa

SumSub, a comprehensive verification platform, has recently revealed the expansion of its Non-Document Verification solution into:

South Africa
Kenya, and

This extension empowers clients to connect with a user base exceeding 350 million potential individuals.

Through this introduction, SumSub takes the lead in bringing document-free verification to Africa, offering support to companies in maintaining compliance with KYC/AML regulations, combating identity fraud, and streamlining the user onboarding process.

The Non-Doc Verification service is customized for businesses operating in regulated and non-regulated sectors, spanning industries such as crypto, fintech, gaming, e-commerce, and mobility. Additionally, it caters to the needs of social media platforms and telecommunications providers.

Introduced in 2022, the Non-Doc Verification feature allows users in the region to sign up instantly without the need for document scanning. The only requirement is their national identification number, which can be found on documents such as an ID, passport, driving license, and voter card.

Depending on the identification reference provided, users may be prompted to undergo Sumsub’s facial recognition check. This process involves matching the user’s biometric data with a photo image stored in official records. The swift nature of this verification process is facilitated by the utilization of government and banking sources by SumSub.

Africa confronts a significant risk of non-compliance and money laundering, leading to substantial financial losses. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) estimates that the continent experiences an annual loss of $50 billion due to money laundering. Furthermore, in 2023, South Africa and Nigeria were included in the Financial Action Task Force  ‘grey list’ made up of countries under special scrutiny for lackluster AML/CFT.

The reported cost of standard know-your-customer (KYC) procedures is considerable, and companies operating in Africa encounter additional challenges due to the often low quality of documents provided by users during the onboarding process.





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