What's a Politically Exposed Person (PEP) & Why is it on my Report?

Posted by Paul Anderson-Riley in Identity Theft on 8 January 2018 - Paul is a Credit Analyst at checkmyfile

PEP stands for Politically Exposed Person, which would typically relate to an individual who has a prominent public title or function. If you receive this classification, often you will have to undergo additional security checks when applying for finance. Your credit file will tell you if you have been identified as a PEP, however for most people it isn’t something they’ll need to worry about.

Not all Credit Reference Agencies will report whether or not you are listed as a PEP, but it is included as part of your checkmyfile credit report, giving you the bigger picture.

Who can be identified as a PEP?

A PEP can relate to a person with an important, public profile or anyone closely associated with them, including friends or family members.

Those identified as a PEP can include:

  • MPs
  • Heads of State
  • Ministers/assistant ministers
  • Ambassadors or Chargés d'affaires
  • High-ranking military officers
  • High-up members of state-owned business entities
  • High-level judicial bodies
  • Central bank board members
  • Members of courts of auditors

How will it affect my credit applications?

If you have been identified as a Politically Exposed Person, you may be subject to more in-depth checks when you apply for credit.

This is because when a financial institution is dealing with someone who has this status they must take additional care as the person often carries an increased risk as a customer. Due diligence is required as a result of a heightened threat of fraud, bribery and corruption so additional checks are carried out which can include anti-money laundering checks, counter-terrorist checks or identification checks.

If this entry appears on your file this would typically mean that you have the status yourself or that someone you are linked to is a politically exposed person. In some cases this could be linked to you if you share the name of a person who has this status or who is linked to a PEP. The entry on your credit report wouldn’t impact your creditworthiness, affordability or score directly, but could delay the application process for credit due to the additional checks that would be required.

Disclosure of Death Registration Information

Crediva also return Death Registration Information on your report. The absence of this is expected (because it means you haven't been recorded as "dead" by a lender) but entries can sometimes appear in error due to similar names or other administration errors. If the information has been reported incorrectly please let us know and our team of analysts can look into this for you.

This record on a file can help prevent fraud relating to the impersonation of deceased persons and the data comes from the Registrars General for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland under the Disclosure of Death Registration scheme. The scheme receives weekly updates of new deaths registered in the UK.

How to check if someone is a politically exposed person

You can check to see if you are registered as a PEP by checking your checkmyfile credit report. Not all reports provided by Credit Reference Agencies will carry this data, however it is included in the information provided by Crediva that appears on our multi-agency credit reports.

If you are curious to know if you have PEP status or an erroneous Death Registration entry, you can try checkmyfile free for 30 days, then £14.99 a month and cancel at anytime. You'll get full access to your credit file, so you can see what lenders see when dealing with applications.

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