Africa’s pioneer bank, First Bank of Nigeria, wanted to expand its customer acquisition services beyond the office. To open accounts outside the bank, First Bank of Nigeria would need to empower agents to carry out customer registration with full KYC compliance.
First Bank of Nigeria is a multinational bank and financial services company in Nigeria.
First Bank has an initiative called Agency Banking Platform, which makes banking easier for potential customers through the help of agents.
As account creation in Nigeria’s financial sector involves using a government-issued means of identification, one of First Bank’s requirements is for customers to have a National Identification Number (NIN). This is based on regulations listed in Nigeria’s Official Gazette (2017).
First Bank’s Challenge
Many Nigerians who need a bank account are often unwilling to go through with the paperwork and interactions required physically at the bank.
This is because they want to avoid awkward situations where they cannot provide certain information or even interact easily with the bank associates.
Because of this, First Bank of Nigeria created an Agency Banking Platform (Field Account Opening) that enables agents to liaise directly with these individuals through effective communication (often in their local dialect) and a simplified process of opening a functional bank account.
To successfully complete this process, the identities of the potential account owners need to be verified against the information that they provide.
How Seamfix Verify Solved First Bank’s Challenges
Seamfix Verify currently enables First Bank of Nigeria to facilitate financial inclusion by verifying the identities of Nigerians who want to open accounts.
These verifications are done using our document verification services enabling First Bank’s agents to onboard the customers with their systems using our API.
Because of Seamfix Verify, First Bank of Nigeria went from getting their identity verification results in 24 hours to seconds. This was a big milestone for the company, ensuring a faster onboarding process almost overnight.
Our document verification service enables these agents to authenticate the identities of customers for whom they want to create accounts. The agents leverage their customer’s NIN for field account opening, generating a BVN for those customers who do not have one (BVN).
Our platform equally ensures that the information submitted by the customer is real and unique to them and checks every other box required for their account creation. It also eliminates potential duplications of a customer’s identity by ensuring that fraudulent individuals are not using their data.
This solution has also made banking easier for the elderly, created banking opportunities for those who are less educated about it, reduced paperwork by automating processes and decreased the number of people queuing physically at the bank for the purpose of account creation.
Using Seamfix Verify, First Bank also eliminated redundancies and enabled their workers to be more productive.
Seamfix Verify aims to empower businesses with quick and accurate identity validation for their customers, ultimately fostering trust and transparency in their business transactions.
In less than three years, we’ve conducted over one million customer verifications across Africa.
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