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 >
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 >
Making Right to Work checks easier in Facilities Management

Making Right to Work checks easier in Facilities Management

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.But getting ID checks right is crucial – to protect your business from expensive illegal working penalties, to ensure security at customer sites and to preserve and enhance your company’s reputation.  What’s more, the Home Office have highlighted the…read more >
How we protect our recruitment business from illegal workers

How we protect our recruitment business from illegal workers

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 first ‘guest blog’, Abbie Pullman, Head of Talent Management at Off to Work, the UK’s leading event staffing solutions, consultancy, recruitment and training academy, shares her ‘Top 10 Tips’ for protecting a business from the risks of illegal workers… "At Off to Work, we don’t profess to be immigration experts. But we are diligent employers and we do…read more >
Finding fake identity documents in the NHS

Finding fake identity documents in the NHS

We have had a couple of noteworthy document referrals* here at TrustID and, as it happens, they both came from NHS Trusts. For me, they really showcase how effective identity document verification can be in different scenarios facing the NHS and I thought they would be interesting to share. In the first case, in a drive for greater efficiency and control, the NHS Trust in question had decided to bring in-house a team which had previously been out-sourced. Clearly, as part of that employment process, they ran identity checks. The scanning checks highlighted a suspicious document – a fake Dutch…read more >