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    Why would a business need to detect fake ids?

    As a result of the significant increase in the number of identity theft cases reported by organizations of all types in recent years, many businesses are concerned about making sure they understand who an individual transacting with them actually is. This requirement to verify a person’s identity is typically driven by the need to decide whether or not access to something ought to be granted. Whether it be access to a building, a country, a safety deposit box, or a bank account, organizations charged with protecting sensitive assets are increasingly aware that identity theft is pandemic and that detecting fake ID’s during the transaction is vitally important.

    There are over 1,000 different valid ID document designs in the United States. Thus, it may seem a daunting task to detect fake IDs when even the most detail-minded person would have a difficult time detecting a fake ID when there is such a large number of identity document types and designs available.

    Fraud associated with fake IDs can result in losses and can compromise an organization’s compliance with government regulations. Depending on the transactional environment of a business, detecting  fake ID’s can benefit an organization by reducing exposure to fraud losses and helping to bring the operation into compliance with federal, state and local regulations requiring identity verification.

    Benefits of detecting fake ids:
    • Preventing possible fines and legal issues due to underage sales fo alcohol & tobacco
    • Eliminating losses from purchases made with stolen/fraudulent credit cards
    • Verifying age and  identity of employee during hiring (I-9 Compliance)
    • Avoiding losses and regulatory problems associated with opening financial accounts under false identity (loans, bank accounts, store credit, utility services)
    • Preventing losses from accepting phony Personal Checks
    • Denying access to existing accounts, services or benefits (such as store credit accounts, state and federal welfare services, unemployment, tax returns, etc)

    How to detect fake IDs:
    At FraudFighter, we provide solutions to detect fake ID cards that utilize two different “levels” of detection sophistication and accuracy. These products range from simple, low-cost tools to more complex and technologically advanced solutions that allow the organization to capture and store data about the ID document, and to generate a customer credential based on the data.

    Ultraviolet Detection Method:
    Many state IDs and driver licenses include security features that only can be seen under an ultraviolet counterfeit detector. Checking for the presence of these security features allows you to verify their authenticity. Decidedly low-tech in nature, ultraviolet detectors provide a level of protection anomalous to a firewall placed on a network – while it will detect many potential issues, more dedicated and sophisticated attacks may be able to get past this type of defense.

    FraudFighter carries a full line of Ultraviolet Counterfeit Detectors to suit any type of business environment. We also deigned and publish a reference guide available named the “Driver License UV Security Feature Reference Guide” that shows what each state driver license should look like under an Ultraviolet detector in order to help our customers’ employees to verify state driver’s licenses.



    Image and Data Capture Method:
    At the high-tech end of the spectrum, FraudFighter carries a line of “Image and Data Capture” devices.  High resolution images of the ID document are taken in different light sources along with digitally stored data from magnetic strips, barcodes, digital watermarks and/or RFID chips. Forensic authentication of the document is conducted by analyzing the data captured from the ID document. Image capture and Authentication solutions are highly accurate and do not require the employee to interpret the authenticity of the customer’s ID document.

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