PassFort’s false positive reduction service

When you’re running a check for a PEPs, sanctions, or adverse media screening, you have the option to use PassFort’s false positive reduction service.

When you apply false positive reduction, any results that match your filtering criteria are displayed in the Ignored matches list rather than the Potential matches list.

The Ignored matches list is used to help filter noise. Users can view it at any time and confirm its results as true matches.

Configuration changes are made at the data provider level, so you can choose different settings for each data provider instance.
Some data providers also offer additional services to filter out false positives. If you’re using one of these services, false positives identified by your data provider aren’t displayed at all in PassFort. Contact your data provider for more information about how they determine false positives and where you can see them.

Filtering options for false positive reduction

Three factors can be used to filter data provider results for individual profiles:

  • Name of individual
  • Date of birth
  • Country of nationality

Three factors can be used to filter data provider match results for company profiles:

  • Name of company
  • Date of incorporation
  • Country of incorporation

For each of the factors above, you can choose one of these filtering options:

  • Allow any matches: When selected, PassFort does not consider the factor at all when filtering false positives.
  • Allow exact matches: When selected, if the result’s factor is not an exact match to the profile, the result is displayed on the Ignored matches list. For example, if this option is selected for the Name of individual factor and the profile’s name is ‘Nayab Ali Khan’, a result named ‘Nayab Khan’ is listed as an ignored match because the two names do not match exactly.
  • Allow close or exact matches: If two or more results with this option selected are not close matches or exact matches to the profile, the result is displayed on the Ignored matches list. For example, if this option is selected for the Name of individual factor and the Date of birth factor and the profile’s name is ‘Nayab Ali Khan’ and date of birth is ‘07/10/1980’: a) A result named ‘Nayaab Khana’ with the date of birth ‘07/10/1980’ is listed as a potential match because one factor, the date of birth, is an exact match; b) A result named ‘Nayaab Khana’ with the date of birth ‘10/07/1980’ is listed as a potential match because one factor, the date of birth, is a close match; c) A result named ‘Nayaab Khana’ with the date of birth ‘07/10/1985’ is listed as an ignored match because neither factors are close or exact matches.

Close matches

Close matches are as follows for the factors for individual profiles:

  • Name of individual: Any name with a fuzzy match value of 80% or more is considered a close match. Any name with a fuzzy match value that’s less than 80% is not a match and may contribute to a false positive.
  • Date of birth: Any date of birth that’s less than 1 year (365 days) away from the profile’s date of birth is considered a close match. Any date of birth that’s more than 1 year (365 days) away from the profile’s date of birth is not a match and may contribute to a false positive.
  • Country of nationality: Any country of nationality that matches the profile’s country of nationality is considered a close match. Any country that’s not exactly the profile’s country of nationality is not considered a close match and may contribute to a false positive.

Close matches are as follows for the factors for company profiles:

  • Name of company: Any name with a fuzzy match value of 80% or more is considered a close match. Any name with a fuzzy match value that’s less than 80% is not a match and may contribute to a false positive.
  • Date of incorporation: Any date of incorporation that’s less than 1 year (365 days) away from the profile’s date of incorporation is considered a close match. Any date of incorporation that’s more than 1 year (365 days) away from the profile’s date of incorporation is not considered a match and may contribute to a false positive.
  • Country of incorporation: Any country of incorporation that matches the profile’s country of incorporation is considered a close match. Any country that’s not exactly the profile’s country of incorporation is not considered a close match and may contribute to a false positive.


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