What is document forgery ?

This involves changes made to an existing document. Changes might be simple or more complex. Forgers’ motivations might simply be to age themselves to access services or products unavailable to minors, or, conversely, to seem younger to benefit from a protective programme for minors, or even to postpone a visa or residence permit’s expiry date.
More significant changes may involve completely altering the identity on the original document.
Some forgers have even become specialists in document “scrubbing”, whereby they obtain a blank document from a personalised one.

Use case

With passports, a classic forgery is page substitution. The personalised page is removed and an interior page of the passport is personalised with fraudulent data. The forger seeks to retain the original look of the booklet and paper, even if the page’s pattern isn’t quite right (as it is an inside page).

The original document may belong to the forger, or it may be a document stolen from or sold by its legal holder. Forgery is behind significant trafficking in stolen or “lost” identity documents.

Fight Against Documentary Forgery

Our service to detect forgery

To detect a forgery, we concentrate on errors made when the forger alters the document. This means errors in personalisation or inconsistencies between the forged and intact sections.

The service uses a database containing thousands of examples of identity documents issued by every country. As a result, the personalisation characteristics are known for each document. After the first automatic document identification step, verifies the personalisation characteristics to detect this type of fraud.

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