Credit-report giant Equifax said Friday it will buy Boise’s Kount Inc., a provider of e-commerce fraud protection.

The $640 million sale is expected to close in the first quarter. Kount, which provides fraud protection to more than 9,000 companies worldwide, will remain headquartered in Boise. Employees, under the continued leadership of Kount CEO Bradley Wiskirchen, will report to Equifax’s U.S. information-solutions unit.

“I think Equifax is the perfect partner for Kount,” Wiskirchen said by phone. “I think our companies are synergistic, and I think there are enormous opportunities for both their existing customer base and our existing customer base to drive…

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