Identity fraud in SMEs: take early action to protect your business

Identity fraud in SMEs: take early action to protect your business

Data from Action Fraud shows that British businesses reported £88m of insider deception in 2017/18 – double the previous year – with the average loss rising to £62,000. Whilst financial fraud is a risk to every business of any size, SMEs certainly shouldn’t believe it won’t happen to them just because they are employing fewer staff or working within a smaller network. Identity fraud amongst employees presents a very real risk to SMEs. In fact, according to ActionFraud, 1 in 5 small businesses have been defrauded by an employee.Fraudsters can think of small businesses as easy pickings because, in general, they…read more >
Building a case for Right to Work check software in your business

Building a case for Right to Work check software in your business

Introduction All businesses in the UK, regardless of organisation size or sector, must ensure that every employee has the Right to Work in the UK. This means seeing and checking relevant identity documents in the presence of the holder. This can be a physical presence or via a live video link. In both cases, you must be in physical possession of the original documents. However, the number of people attempting to using fake identity documents to illegally gain employment continues to grow. What’s more, if you employ someone who has no Right to Work in the UK or who is using…read more >
Are you up to speed with Right to Work legislation?

Are you up to speed with Right to Work legislation?

Right to Work legislation is not straightforward! If you're making checks on staff, including temporary or voluntary staff, you can be shown 17 different types of document, potentially issued in hundreds of different countries, that may need to be checked in a variety of combinations to demonstrate eligibility to work in the UK.  And the Employers guide to Right to Work checks on the Government website stretches to 40 pages! So how confident are you that you and your staff all understand the rules and are all compliant when making identity document checks? We’ve put together a quick quiz based on some of…read more >
How will Brexit impact Right to Work checks?

How will Brexit impact Right to Work checks?

As you’re no doubt aware, all UK employers are currently required to conduct Right to Work checks on every prospective employee to comply with illegal working legislation and avoid unlawful discrimination But with huge uncertainty among UK businesses about Brexit, we are often asked how Right to Work legislation and processes may change when we leave the European Union. Of course, the answer is that none of us know for sure. However, we can be sure that there are already a significant number of illegal workers in the UK and that the attraction to try and gain illegal employment in…read more >
Making checks on a passport to confirm identity

Making checks on a passport to confirm identity

In this era of increased compliance, rising cases of fraud and significant penalties for those who get it wrong, carrying out robust checks on identity documents has never been more important. And no other document carries more weight in establishing a person’s identity than a passport. Passports must conform to certain international standards and contain several security features designed to make their forgery as difficult as possible. However, this doesn’t stop people trying and over the last 2 years, passports were the fraudulent documents most commonly shared with our helpdesk team by our customers.If your organisation wants to protect themselves…read more >
Home Office responds to report on illegal working

Home Office responds to report on illegal working

I was interested to read the Home Office response to the latest inspection report by David Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, which looked at the Home Office's approach to illegal working, including: the assessment of the illegal working threat the operational response, including the performance of Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) teams the collection, analysis and use of intelligence collaboration between Immigration Enforcement (IE) external partners and stakeholders the identification and safeguarding of potential victims of modern slavery and of other forms of exploitation the use of Civil Penalties and Closure Notices against non-compliant employers In…read more >
Is your recruitment agency protected against fraudulent identity documents used for Right to Work?

Is your recruitment agency protected against fraudulent identity documents used for Right to Work?

As a diligent Recruiter, you no doubt have a process in place for making Right to Work checks and you’re probably well aware of the risks of employing illegal workers. But the first step in any Right to Work process is to ensure that the documents you’re seeing are genuine. And that's really not an easy task, with countless different identity documents issued globally and many thousands of fraudulent ones in circulation. Our identity validation technology helps our customers check hundreds of thousands of identity documents annually and we regularly analyse our customer data to highlight trends across industries and…read more >
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 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 UK, you…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), 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…read more >