Blank document theft protection

What is stolen blank document theft and how to detect it?

An identity document is basically made up of a blank document that is personalised with its holder’s data (name, gender, date of birth, age, etc). When the job of personalisation is decentralized (to local authorities), blank identity documents are sent to these points. Forgers take advantage of this transit to steal some of the blanks, and then personalise them with false data. It is now a very common type of document fraud.

Today, identity documents are mostly personalised in a secure central location to avoid this kind of fraud, although exceptions exist. Visas, for example, are necessarily personalised in consulates and embassies. That’s why stolen blank fraud is a significant concern for this kind of document.

Like other document fraud techniques, it is sometimes impossible to detect blank document fraud with the naked eye. Fraudsters’ techniques are evolving and are sometimes very well executed.

Our service to detect stolen blank fraud

To detect stolen blank fraud, we offer an online document verification service. We concentrate on errors made when the counterfeiter personalises the document. 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 automated document identification step, verifies the personalisation characteristics to detect this type of fraud. Our identity verification service will then recognize it as a false identity document. All in less than 12 seconds.

This guarantees you protection against document fraud.

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