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Fake documents are so good even police can’t recognise them

Most people couldn’t tell a fake passport or other identity documents from the real thing. Even the police say that some of the fakes are so good they can’t tell the difference either.

Online verification is actually the method recommended by the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group.

But lenders use alternative methods of checking identity. They ought to require that the solicitor sees the client and verifies the original photographic evidence as a true likeness to help reduce fraud.

Unfortunately not all firms train their staff in what to look for.

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  • Scott Thomas 25th August 2010 at 7:32 am

    We have started using a system from a company called IDscan Biometrics to spot fake passports and ids – it has proved to be extremely useful as we have discovered fake documents even amongst our staff – the system can spot more than 2000 documents and uses infra-red and ultraviolet detectio

    if anyone else is interested their details are either or one or the other