Stolen blank document

An ID document is made up of a substrate personalized with its bearer’s data. When the job of personalization is decentralized (to local authorities), blank ID documents are sent to these points. Forgers take advantage of this transit to steal some of the blanks, and then personalize them.

Today, ID documents are mostly personalized in a secure central location to avoid this kind of fraud, although exceptions exist: notably, visas are necessarily personalized in consulates and embassies. Stolen blank fraud is a significant concern for this kind of document.

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To detect fraud with a stolen blank, concentrate on errors made when the counterfeiter personalizes the document. The IDCHECK.IO service uses a database containing thousands of examples of ID documents issued by every country. As a result, the personalization characteristics are known for each document. After the first, automatic ID step for the document, IDCHECK.IO will verify the personalization characteristics to detect this type of fraud.