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Tony Machin


Tony has led TrustID through a transformation program of significant upgrades in technology and services, delivering year on year growth. With previous experience in corporate finance and as CEO of a leading UK financial services organisation, he brings strong leadership and excellent knowledge of compliance and regulatory matters. In 2018 Tony joined a group of like-minded identity validation experts and founded the Association of Document Validation Professionals (ADVP). He was chair of the organisation from its creation until the end of 2020.

An analysis of scanned identity documents in Q3 2018

Illustration showing a man and a woman on their phones for an identity check to prove compliance

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), our customers scanned 15% more documents than in 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 number of applicants.

Here’s some more of the trends we’ve seen in this quarter:

The number of fake documents identified by our helpdesk team continues to grow quarter on quarter with false identity documents been found daily in Q3

Those sectors which have historically seen a high number of fake documents – particularly the construction and recruitment sectors – continued to do so in this quarter.

For customers in the construction sector, over 50% of the fake documents which they sent us purported to be identity documents issued in Great Britain.

From our recruitment agency customers, our helpdesk saw fraudulent documents purporting to be issued in 11 different countries, with more than a third claiming to be European ID cards.

Our customers identified fake documents using all of our validation solutions – cloud, mobile and desktop scanning.

The number of false Biometric Residence Permits and Visas remains high and may identify illegal workers who are using genuine passports but have false residence documentation to live in the UK.

Right to Work validation continues to be a primary reason for identity checks and our technology has helped our customers to protect their business from reputational damage, potential fraud and Home Office fines.

From our analysis, we can conclude that our customers across a wide range of markets are regularly presented with fake documents purporting to be issued in around 20 different countries. Our technology helps them quickly and easily identify these documents and protect themselves from potential fraud, illegal working fines and reputational damage.

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