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Our view of fraudulent identity documents in 2018
Posted: 31st January 2019
In 2018, the number of businesses relying on our checking services continued to grow significantly, across both the public and private sectors. In this blog, with another year of data captured, we summarise the trends seen with fraudulent identity documents in 2018, based on the documents checked by our private-sector customers and compare them with trends from 2017. .
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Making Right to Work checks: what happens when they go wrong?
Posted: 19th November 2018
A recent webinar with our partners CIPHR - ‘Building a case for electronic Right to Work checks’ - 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 our presentation…
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An analysis of scanned identity documents in Q3 2018
Posted: 8th November 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…
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Overcoming 7 challenges of Right to Work checks
Posted: 13th September 2018
If you employ people in the UK, you are probably aware of the legal requirement to check that all employees are eligible to work through Right to Work checks. Most businesses have a process built into their recruitment policies, often a manual check involving a visual inspection and photocopy of identity document. In this blog, we look at 7 challenges that Right to Work checks bring to a business and how technology can help overcome them.
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False identity documents: the scale of the problem
Posted: 4th September 2018
The production of false identity documents fuels illegal working, modern slavery, terrorist activity, fraud and money laundering.  Their use affects businesses across the UK who are trying to prevent illegal working, stop fraud and protect their assets. But how big is the problem of false documents in the UK?  In this blog, I assess the scale of the challenge.
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Why do we need to do pre-employment immigration checks on British or EU recruits?
Posted: 21st June 2018
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 you only employ people who claim to be British or EU nations, do you really need to make Right to Work checks?
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Why introduce electronic identity document checks if you don’t have to?
Posted: 6th June 2018
We have two main types of customer at TrustID: those that have to use validation technology - due to enforced compliance requirements - and those who choose to use it – perhaps because they are worried about making checks in the face of high staff turnover or fall into a ‘high-risk’ sector. No matter which pool you fall into, you can benefit from identity validation technology, not just to drive compliance and find fraudulent documents, but in ways that you may not expect…
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New Home Office Guidance on Identity Document Validation Technology (IDVT)
Posted: 17th May 2018
In March 2018, the Home Office published new 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. This blog explores what the guidance covers and how it should be used.
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Helping recruitment businesses improve Right to Work compliance with identity document checks.
Posted: 25th April 2018
A growing number of recruitment businesses rely on TrustID identity checking services to help them improve compliance and introduce a consistent, reliable and quick on-boarding process for new candidates. We caught up with the team at Anderselite recently who have introduced TrustID Cloud to all their recruitment consultants to allow them to check identity documents from anywhere…
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Fraudulent identity documents and Modern Slavery
Posted: 23rd April 2018
Modern Slavery is a subject that we are hearing more and more about in the UK. In this guest blog, Tony Dunkerley, a former Police Detective and Force Practitioner on Modern Slavery, explores this growing problem and the links with fraudulent identity documents.
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Smarter identity checks to satisfy ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) requirements
Posted: 12th March 2018
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?
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Making Right to Work checks easier in Facilities Management
Posted: 28th February 2018
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. Find out how electronic ID checks help.
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Making identity checks according to likely risk
Posted: 6th February 2018
Businesses that we talk to are often interested in how sophisticated the false ID documents are that are used to try and gain employment, access an organisation’s services or commit fraud. So, in this blog, I’m going to talk about the quality of false documents that our client help desk encounters and how our ID checking systems can help according to the likely level of risk…
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Our view of fraudulent identity documents in 2017
Posted: 24th January 2018
As our business continues to grow, the range of customers that we look after gets broader. In this blog, we’ll examine one section of data from our customers in the private sector and take a high-level look at the sort of fraudulent documents that they came across during 2017, including the top referring sectors, the type of documents and their purported country of origin.
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Getting identity checks right
Posted: 21st November 2017
In October 2017, the Disclosure and Barring service introduced new identity checking guidance to align the DBS process with Right to Work checks for businesses. The first, critical step in both processes is, of course, ensuring that the person you’re checking is who they say they are. After all, both processes cost time and money and both become irrelevant if the documents used to support their identity are forged. And both processes can bring serious risks to a business if they are not conduct...
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Recruiting extra staff for Christmas? Don't forget Right to Work checks
Posted: 15th November 2017
Like it or not, the countdown to Christmas has begun. And for many businesses, from restaurants to retailers, so has the drive to bring on additional staff to cope with the seasonal rush. Commercial pressures during busy hiring periods may make it tempting to cut corners but you still need to ensure that all potential employees are eligible to work in the UK. Read our tips on recruiting seasonal staff across different locations...
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Making ID checks for compliance in Umbrella companies.
Posted: 20th October 2017
As the number of self-employed workers in the UK grows, hundreds of thousands of workers turn to umbrella companies to act as their employer, either through referral by a recruitment agency or directly. As the employer, the umbrella company needs to check the ID and Right to Work of every one of these contractors. So how can an umbrella organisation run identity checks efficiently and consistently to ensure they comply with current legislation?
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How can identity scanning help in the fight against human slavery?
Posted: 16th October 2017
The 18th October is a significant day in the calendar to highlight an issue that affects many thousands of people – it’s National Anti-Slavery day, implemented to raise awareness of the need to eradicate all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation. So, I thought it would be an ideal time to focus the attention of our blog towards this very difficult subject and explore how identity scanning can support the fight against human slavery.
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4 steps to sensitively deal with fake identity documents
Posted: 8th August 2017
What should you do if you check an identity document and it fails your checks? Handling counterfeit or fraudulent identity documents can be nerve-wracking so our blog pulls together some practical advice to tackle this sensitive topic.
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Failed identity documents in Construction
Posted: 25th July 2017
During our analysis of Q2 2017, we discovered that 34% of all fake identity documents found by our clients were from those operating in the construction industry. In fact, this was the largest group of fake documents from any sector.
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Putting the trust back into business with ID verification
Posted: 17th July 2017
If you’re an HR professional making Right to Work checks, you will probably have a well-developed instinct as to the trustworthiness of people. But with more diverse workforces and flexible ways of working, everyone’s ability to make judgements is being stretched far beyond just intuition. At the same time, with strict penalties for illegally employing staff, making the right judgement is more important than ever.
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ID scanning system thwarts fraud attempt
Posted: 15th June 2017
Fluent Money, the UK’s largest secured loan distributor, recently thwarted an attempt by a fraudster to obtain a loan using a fake driving licence thanks to electronic ID verification. In this month’s blog, we talk to Fluent Money about why they introduced ID scanning technology and how it works in their business.
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A case of fraud in the insurance sector
Posted: 6th June 2017
Fraud is such a pervasive crime with each industry susceptible to different types of fraud schemes and few more so than Insurance companies, particularly due to the advent of online policies. In this guest blog, we share a summary of a genuine fraud case in the insurance sector, exploring the background, the risks, the result and how ID checks could perhaps prevent it.
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Failed identity documents in the construction sector (Part 2)
Posted: 26th April 2017
In the construction industry, the risk of employing illegal workers is intensified by a high demand for labour coupled with a skills shortage and a complex, fast-moving supply chain involving contractors, sub-contractors, sub-sub contractors etc. ID scanning can help construction businesses to identify and prevent illegal working and protect themselves from employing someone who is not who they say they are.
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5 ways that a document verification system could help your recruitment agency
Posted: 7th April 2017
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.
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Europol cite document fraud as 'one of the engines of organised crime'
Posted: 14th March 2017
The Europol Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment report focuses on 3 primary areas as the ‘engines of organised crime’ - money laundering, the online trade of illicit good and services and document fraud. It states that these 3 things facilitate most, if not all, other serious and organised crime.
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An analysis of failed identity documents (Part 1)
Posted: 20th February 2017
At TrustID we spend time analysing the trends relating to document scanning across our customer base, looking at the type of fraudulent documents that we are seeing and highlighting key risk areas. And we share some key findings each quarter. This blog includes insights from the medical recruitment sector who referred the highest number of fake documents in Q4 2016.
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Document expertise - from Border Force to TrustID: an interview with Christie Lewis
Posted: 1st February 2017
In this blog, we interview Christie Lewis, who joined the TrustID client services team from UK Border Force, bringing extensive document expertise and experience with her. Christie talks about life checking documents at the border, explores the topic of fake identity documents and explains more about her role in the TrustID team.
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How we protect our recruitment business from illegal workers
Posted: 11th August 2016
With the number of fake passports seized at UK borders reaching a five-year high and high-profile stories of ‘illegal workers’ hitting the press, such as the tale of Byron Burgers, many companies may be concerned about their own screening and on-boarding process. In our ‘guest blog’, we share our ‘Top 10 Tips’ for protecting a business from the risks of illegal workers.
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Making sense of identity document checks at Oxford City Council
Posted: 23rd February 2016
Oxford City Council have been scanning and verifying identity documents since June 2014 and have captured well over 10,000 scans. They use ID scanning technology in customer-facing areas as well as within their HR team. As a busy council serving over 150,000 members of the public, their focus is on being able to run simple but robust checks before giving access to public services – to make sure that those claiming are who they say they are – and complying with Right to Work checks on their own s...
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Finding fake identity documents in the NHS
Posted: 25th January 2016
This blog shares a couple of noteworthy identity document referrals made to our helpdesk team from the NHS. They showcase how effective ID scanning can be in different scenarios facing the NHS and make for interesting reading.
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Document verification systems - 5 reasons why they're best for finding fake identity documents
Posted: 13th July 2015
ID scanning has taken a front-line role in detecting forged identity documents. HR departments and security managers within the NHS, Government bodies, academic institutions and many private-sector employers such as recruitment, construction, retail, facilities management, are taking the lead in the use of this technology. This blog lists 5 reasons why they are finding it the most accurate and cost-effective commercially available solution.
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5 reasons why identity document checks are an essential part of the pre-employment process
Posted: 30th March 2015
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. Here’s why checking identity documents, such as passports, are an essential element.
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