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 the…read more >
Helping recruitment businesses improve Right to Work compliance with identity document checks.

Helping recruitment businesses improve Right to Work compliance with identity document checks.

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.Recruitment business, Anderselite, was established in 1984. They specialises in supplying staff to the construction, civil engineering, rail and IT sectors. Operating from six regional offices across the UK, they support 500 clients and deal with over a thousand contractors every week.  So, they…read more >
Fraudulent identity documents and Modern Slavery

Fraudulent identity documents and Modern Slavery

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. What is Modern Slavery? Modern slavery refers to situations where a person’s freedom has been taken away – such as their freedom to refuse certain work or to stop working – so that they can be exploited. This is done by way of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power and deception. To put the issue into perspective,…read more >
Making identity checks according to likely risk

Making identity checks according to likely risk

Our expert team here is often asked lots of questions about the details of false identity documents, around how they are manufactured and distributed and what happens when they spot one (top advice here).  But businesses are generally most 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, we're going to talk about the quality of false documents that our client helpdesk encounters and how our ID checking systems can help according to the likely level of risk… Evaluate your risk…read more >
Getting identity checks right

Getting identity checks right

In October 2017, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) introduced identity checking guidance to align the DBS process with Right to Work checks. The changes have been fully operational since 29th December 2017. The document requirements have been tightened for non-EEA nationals taking on paid work and applying for DBS checks so that they are consistent with the existing Right to Work document list. More information on the UK Government website.  Aligning DBS checks with Right to Work checks makes sense to me, as this aligns guidance for businesses and should make it easier to know what identity documents to request.…read more >
Making ID checks for compliance in Umbrella companies

Making ID checks for compliance in Umbrella companies

According to analysis in 2017, the number of self-employed workers in the UK has increased by 23 per cent in the past decade.  As a result, hundreds of thousands of workers now use umbrella companies to act as their employer, dealing with their payroll, taxation and invoice administration, 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?  For an umbrella…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 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% year-on-year rise in fake…read more >
Putting the trust back into business with ID verification

Putting the trust back into business with ID verification

Trust is the foundation on which the personal and business relationships that underpin success are built. It helps to create strong, open relationships within organisations, with customers, with suppliers, and within the wider business ecosystem. Consistent identity checks can help to build and maintain that trusting relationship. Making the right judgement If you’re an HR professional with responsibility for making Right to Work checks and ensuring that you bring the right personnel into your business, you will probably have a well developed instinct as to the trustworthiness of people. And the good news is that most of the time your…read more >
ID scanning system thwarts fraud attempt

ID scanning system thwarts fraud attempt

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 blog, we talk to Tim Wheeldon, COO, and Stuart Almond, Group Compliance Director at Fluent Money about why they introduced ID scanning technology and how it works in their business.Can you tell us more about Fluent Money?Tim Wheeldon (TW): “Fluent Money is the UK’s largest secured loan distributor working through intermediaries and selected partnerships. We were one of the first businesses in our sector to be fully authorised by the…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 >