Remote Right to Study checks – could ‘remote checks’ be the new normal?

Remote Right to Study checks – could ‘remote checks’ be the new normal?

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, we all saw an overnight switch from face-to-face to online. For many higher education organisations, this presented a huge challenge and left them facing uncertainty in their processes around enrolment and compliance checks. For the 2020 intake, verifying identity remotely became a new and unique challenge for many colleges and universities who quickly needed to find a way to confirm that the students they are enrolling are actually who they claim to be, without a face-to-face meeting and without holding and seeing an identity document presented by the students themselves. A varied landscape... At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown,…read more >
Remote identity checks: on-boarding your remote customers and staff more effectively.

Remote identity checks: on-boarding your remote customers and staff more effectively.

Businesses across diverse industries are increasingly moving to digital models, either as they are forced to change their processes due to Covid-19 or as they interact in an increasingly remote business environment.  For many of them, verifying customers and staff remotely presents a new and unique challenge. Without being face to face with someone, holding and feeling their identity documents, it’s more difficult to verify that you’re dealing with the person who your applicant or customer claims to be.Over the past few years at TrustID, we have seen a huge increase in the number of organisations turning to online identity…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 or are responsible for recruiting staff, you will know that complying with Right to Work legislation remains essential and legislation isn't getting any simpler. Combined with continued enforcement, this puts more pressure on UK employers to get Right to Work checks for potential employees right.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 reliably confirmed. Checking identity documents, such as passports, are a first essential step. Here's why:1. Right to Work checks are irrelevant if the documents used to support their…read more >
Identity document verification systems – 5 reasons why they’re best for finding fake identity documents

Identity document verification systems – 5 reasons why they’re best for finding fake identity documents

The scale of identity fraud is shocking. In 2019, CIFAS, the National Fraud Prevention service reported that identity fraud had reached a record level in the UK. Our experience shows us that criminal networks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and even security experts can’t simply rely on traditional visual methods of detection, such as magnifying glasses and ultraviolet light sources. Since most public and private institutions don’t employ a resident Identity Fraud Expert, the best way to confidently stay one step ahead of fraudsters is to have access to the most up-to-the-minute technology and data at your fingertips. This role is now filled by identity document validation…read more >
The TrustID Document Helpdesk: a look behind the scenes

The TrustID Document Helpdesk: a look behind the scenes

One of the things which we’re particularly proud of at TrustID is our Document Helpdesk Team. They are experts in identity document validation and legislation and offer a unique and valuable service to our customers. Read on to find out more about this expert team and how they work...What does our Document Helpdesk Team do? Our Helpdesk Team is available 7 days a week. Our support hours cover 8 a.m. to midnight at the moment but this will soon increase to a 24/7 service. The main responsibilities for the Document Team include: Reviewing submissions from customers using our online validation service (TrustID Cloud) Our…read more >
How online validation can help with Right to Work during Covid-19

How online validation can help with Right to Work during Covid-19

  As ‘social distancing’ continues to enforce remote working and a lack of face-to-face contact, this clearly presents many challenges to businesses, including those who need to verify the identity of their staff or customers. However, you may be aware that, as of 30th March, the government has introduced some temporary changes to support businesses who are recruiting during these challenging times.   What has changed?  From 30th March, legislation surrounding Right to Work checks has been temporarily amended due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19. Full details can be found here. The main takeaways from this announcement are designed to ensure that new…read more >
4 steps to sensitively deal with fake identity documents

4 steps to sensitively deal with fake identity documents

Whilst there’s a lot of information available about how to check identity documents for counter fraud or Right to Work compliance, there’s little guidance about what action to take when a document fails your checks. Handling counterfeit or fraudulent documents can be nerve-wracking, so our guest blogger, Abbie Pullman, has pulled together some practical advice to tackle this sensitive topic ‘in the moment’ and beyond... Identity document forgery is rising. Forged ID (particularly EEA identity documents) and Fraudulently Obtained Genuine (FOG) documents remain a key facilitator of immigration crime. In 2016, Frontex, the European Border and Coastguard Agency, reported a 70%…read more >
A summary of fake identity document trends in 2019 – Right to Work checks

A summary of fake identity document trends in 2019 – Right to Work checks

In 2019, the number of organisations relying on our checking services continued to grow significantly, across both the public and private sectors. As the number of checks has gone up, so has the number of fake documents identified: we broke a new record for fake documents last year! Our customers use our identity services as part of their Right to Work, Right to Rent, Counter fraud and KYC/AML check processes. In this annual round-up blog, we’ll look at data from those customers who are checking ID for Right to Work in the private sector and highlight some key trends: What…read more >
Pre-employment checks. Why? How? Which ones? Watch our webinar

Pre-employment checks. Why? How? Which ones? Watch our webinar

Why make pre-employment checks? You’ve found the perfect candidate but before you make an unconditional offer to your latest recruit, let’s talk pre-employment checks… Carrying out pre-employment checks is an important part of the recruitment process to help you confirm that a candidate is suitable and eligible for the job. There are some pre-employment checks which you’re required to make and some which you may choose to make for your own peace of mind or depending on the role!  So why are these checks so important and which ones should you include? The importance of pre-employment checks With the cost…read more >
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 >