Our view of fraudulent identity documents in 2018

Our view of fraudulent identity documents in 2018

If you follow our blog, you’ll know that at TrustID, we’re really keen on gathering and analysing data around document checks, including trends across different industries and fraudulent document types. With another year of data captured, in this blog, we summarise our annual findings for 2018 and compare them with trends from 2017. In 2018, the number of businesses relying on our checking services has continued to grow significantly, across both the public and private sectors. In this blog, we’ll look at data from our customers in the private sector. What sort of fake documents did they find? In 2018,…read more >
Making Right to Work checks: what happens when they go wrong?

Making Right to Work checks: what happens when they go wrong?

During a recent webinar with our partners CIPHR - 'Building a case for electronic Right to Work checks' - I gave an overview of current Right to Work legislation and the risks associated with employing illegal workers and shared how our solutions help to speed up Right to Work checks. As part of the webinar, I asked participants how they were currently making checks and what they thought were the biggest risks of getting checks wrong. Read on for a summary of the presentation...1. What are Right to Work checks? As you probably know, if you’re employing staff in the…read more >
An analysis of scanned identity documents in Q3 2018

An analysis of scanned identity documents in Q3 2018

Each quarter, we pull together data from the identity document scans which our customers have submitted. We’re looking for trends across different industries and the different types of fraudulent documents that we see. It’s been a while since we shared our insights so read on for more information on Q3 2018…In the third quarter of 2018 (July to September 2018), the number of documents scanned by our customers increased by 15% compared to the second quarter of this year. This is due both to more companies introducing technology to support ID checks and to existing customers continuing to validate a high…read more >
Why do we need to do pre-employment immigration checks on UK or EU recruits?

Why do we need to do pre-employment immigration checks on UK or EU recruits?

As you probably know, every employer has a legal duty to prevent illegal working and is required to undertake pre-employment immigration checks on all staff they wish to employ to ensure that they have the right to work in the UK. But if your recruits claim to be British or EU nations, do you really need to make Right to Work checks? Employers could face prosecution if they deliberately ignore the law and employ someone who does not have the right to work in the UK or if they have ‘reasonable cause to believe’ that they are working illegally. And…read more >
Home Office Guidance on Identity Document Validation Technology (IDVT)

Home Office Guidance on Identity Document Validation Technology (IDVT)

In March 2018, the Home Office published guidance for employers on ‘Identity Document Validation Technology’ (IDVT).  At TrustID, we’re proud to have been part of the consultation period which helped to shape this guidance, alongside scanner manufacturers, other leading IDVT suppliers and representatives from the Police and UK Immigration team. We’ve spoken on this blog before about the significant challenge of identifying a fraudulent identity document manually and without expert training. And the risks that can be associated with accepting a fake ID as proof of Right to Work or allowing someone to access your services. This latest guidance recognises…read more >
Smarter identity checks to satisfy ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) requirements

Smarter identity checks to satisfy ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) requirements

Let’s say you work in a 'B2C' finance environment, such as a Pawnbroker, and a smart young man walks into your premises, wanting to do business with you. You’ve never met him before but he’s presentable, professional and seems like a nice chap. Don’t be fooled! It’s critical to satisfy yourself that he is who he says he is. Do you have a simple way to do that? And how can you reduce the risk of doing business with a fraudster?As you probably know, anti-money laundering (AML) regulations state that your first step should be to perform an appropriate level…read more >
5 ways that a document verification system could help your recruitment agency

5 ways that a document verification system could help your recruitment agency

In an industry that's all about people, it’s critical that you know that a candidate is who they say they are. Most recruitment businesses will have a process in place for making identity checks, but a manual process can be time-consuming and inconsistent. Read on to find out how an ID scanning system could benefit your recruitment business. 1. Save time In a business where deadlines and margins are tight, any way to save time is invaluable. A manual identity check for Right to Work can be slow and labour-intensive with a member of staff having to photocopy, carefully check and file an…read more >
Making Right to Work checks easier in Facilities Management

Making Right to Work checks easier in Facilities Management

As a Facilities Management Company, supplying cleaning, security or catering contracts, you know that you must make checks on your employees to ensure that they have the Right to Work in the UK. But if your team are spread across different sites, working for different customers, you’ll also know that making visual checks and filing copy documents can be a time-consuming challenge. But getting ID checks right is crucial – to protect your business from expensive illegal working penalties, to ensure security at customer sites and to preserve and enhance your company’s reputation.  What’s more, the Home Office have highlighted…read more >
5 reasons why identity document checks are an essential part of the pre-employment process

5 reasons why identity document checks are an essential part of the pre-employment process

If you work in HR, you will know that there is an ever increasing enforcement of Right to Work legislation, putting more pressure on employers to check potential employee's right to work in the UK.But checking whether someone has a legal right to work in the UK should only be undertaken once a potential employee's identity has been confirmed. Checking identity documents, such as passports, are an essential element. Here's why:1. Right to Work checks are irrelevant if the documents used to support their identity are forged. Checking a potential employee's right to work is time consuming and therefore costly. And…read more >
Finding fake identity documents in the NHS

Finding fake identity documents in the NHS

We have had a couple of noteworthy document referrals* here at TrustID and, as it happens, they both came from NHS Trusts. For me, they really showcase how effective identity document verification can be in different scenarios facing the NHS and I thought they would be interesting to share. In the first case, in a drive for greater efficiency and control, the NHS Trust in question had decided to bring in-house a team which had previously been out-sourced. Clearly, as part of that employment process, they ran identity checks. The scanning checks highlighted a suspicious document – a fake Dutch…read more >