Can you spot a fake document?

Historically we have relied on tools such as UV lamps, drop tests, and gut feeling when checking a potential customer’s identity document. We know that´s not enough since fraudsters manage to alter ID documents with very high precision, and it is nearly impossible to spot with the human eye.

By Anders Green

Can you spot a fake document?

Historically we have relied on tools such as UV lamps, drop tests, and gut feeling when checking a potential customer’s identity document. We know that´s not enough since fraudsters manage to alter ID documents with very high precision, and it is nearly impossible to spot with the human eye.

How can you spot a fake document?

  1. Check for the obvious details.
    It sounds simple but checking for the obvious is crucial. Even good fraudsters can make stupid mistakes. These could be anything from a simple spelling mistake to inconsistencies in typefaces.
  2. Formatting matter.
    Make sure that the text format is correct and consistent – it may appear blurrier in some parts of the document. Edited text will often appear different from the original text.
  3. Doing external checks against official databases.
    Most countries have official databases you can call, or do an online search to verify that the document is valid. This is a more lengthy way to check whether a document is fake or not, and to be honest, most fraudsters use “real” data on fake documents, making the check worthless.

The above measures can be pretty helpful but are very time-consuming. And they may not always catch out the fake documents. As you can see from the example below, it can be hard to tell if a document is genuine. Can you spot the fake one? 

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Both these documents have been scanned by a 365id Scanner. Which one is real and which one is fake is revealed below.

365id can help

All our KYC and AML solutions check the authenticity of ID documents and OCR of data. Our scanners speed up the process and capture and transfer the data to your booking/rental system.

All data is delivered via a single API integration which will help increase pass rates in countries all over the world. This increases revenue and customer acquisition with real-time onboarding, creating a better customer experience. 

Our solutions will help you

  • Earn more money
  • Streamline your customer journey
  • Automate your onboarding process
  • Stop fraud 
  • Stay compliant with laws and regulations 

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realvsfake 1
Real
realvsfake 2
Fake
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