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.Any organisation which 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 employersIn their…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 fraudulent…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 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 >