Square’s scary and impressive Identity Confirmation Screen

Once you give Square a few basic pieces of information such as your name, it seems to know a lot more about you–almost magically. In the screen below, at no point did I tell Square which state I lived in between 1997 and 1999. But it knows, likely from some public records database they have subscribed to. And that makes it scary and impressive.



This makes me very curious about how they calculate confidence levels before making the conclusion that the “Zaid Farooqui” who is signing up is the same “Zaid Farooqui” in databases they subscribe to. Almost certainly they must have edge cases when someone is misidentified and asked a question on the basis of another person’s information. I’d hate to be that guy, wouldn’t you?

2 Responses to Square’s scary and impressive Identity Confirmation Screen
  1. Mike Reply

    This is probably a white label version of experian/equifax or something. This is the exact same style of verification they use for getting your credit reports.

  2. Anon Reply

    You may want to take out your answers to the questions in the screenshot..

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