Incognia Raises $15.5M Series A to Combat Increased Identity Fraud
Funding to support global expansion to counter billions of dollars in identity fraud losses
Palo Alto, CA – June 2, 2022 – Mobile identity pioneer Incognia today announced it raised $15.5M in Series A funding led by Point72 Ventures. Within 18 months of launching in the U.S. Incognia is now protecting more than 200 million mobile users in more than 20 countries, and the new funding round will support Incognia’s continued growth. Incognia addresses the balancing act between friction and security for user authentication and fraud prevention on mobile applications, across industries including fintech, crypto, gaming, delivery and social.
In 2021, identity fraud losses totaled $52 billion and affected 45 million U.S. adults, according to Javelin Strategy and Research. With new account fraud increasing 109%, and account takeover losses increasing 90%, today’s authentication, device fingerprinting and fraud detection solutions are failing to protect mobile users and introducing friction to the user experience. Even with multi-factor authentication (MFA) users are highly vulnerable to social engineering, which is now responsible for more than 80% of the fraud losses in the U.S.
Incognia offers a new approach to mobile app security that requires no action by the user. Instead, Incognia makes use of location signals and motion sensors on the device to create a privacy-first location identity unique to each user, like a location fingerprint, that delivers a highly effective solution for differentiating trusted users from fraudsters. As an identity solution, Incognia is 10 times more accurate than FaceID in uniquely identifying a user, and has a false acceptance rate of less than 1 in 17 million.
“Identity assurance on mobile is of the utmost importance in protecting user accounts against increasing fraud. As mobile apps take over the world, reducing fraud and improving customer authentication experiences should be the top priority for all major fintech companies and any mobile-first businesses that deal with money,” said Adam Carson, Partner at Point72 Ventures. “We believe Incognia is at the forefront of mobile identity and authentication, and any mobile app that touches money has the potential to benefit from their solutions.”
To address the growing volume of social engineering fraud attacks, Incognia works silently in the background on mobile devices using anonymized location behavior to create a new form of digital identity that provides a frictionless UX with maximum security. In addition to CEO and founder André Ferraz, Incognia leadership includes Paula Skokowski, CMO, as well as John Lindner, CRO, who together bring over 20 years of security, authentication and fraud prevention experience.
“Today’s authentication and fraud detection solutions aren’t working for the user, or for businesses, and the market is looking for more innovative technologies. Incognia is pushing the frontier of identity assurance and authentication to deliver increased security with minimal user friction,” said André Ferraz, founder and CEO of Incognia. “We’re emerging as the global location identity leader, effectively combating the increasing fraud on mobile around the world. We’re dedicated to enabling our customers to deliver frictionless mobile experiences without compromising security and privacy.”
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About Point72 Ventures
Point72 Ventures is a global venture capital strategy led by a diverse set of domain experts with the capital and mandate to lead rounds through all stages of a company's growth, from idea to IPO. The team invests in founders with bold ideas who use the latest technologies to drive transformational change across industries. Point72 Ventures offers entrepreneurs access to expertise and insights, executive and technical talent, and hands-on support. With offices in the U.S. and Europe, Point72 Ventures is an affiliate of Point72, the global asset manager founded by Steven A. Cohen. For more information, visit p72.vc.
Incognia is a privacy-first location identity company that provides frictionless mobile authentication to banks, fintech and mCommerce companies, for increased mobile revenue and lower fraud losses. Incognia’s award-winning technology uses location signals and motion sensors to silently recognize trusted users based on their unique behavior patterns, and is a key enabler for zero-factor authentication. Deployed in over 200 million devices, Incognia delivers a highly precise risk signal, with extremely low false positive rates.
Incognia is privately held and headquartered in California with teams in New York and Brazil.
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Madeline Kalicka, Karbo Communications for Incognia