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 employers In…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 >
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), our customers scanned 15% more documents than in 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 number of applicants.Here’s some more…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 the…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 >
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 >
Document expertise – from Border Force to TrustID: an interview with Christie Lewis

Document expertise – from Border Force to TrustID: an interview with Christie Lewis

In this blog, I 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...Q: Tell us about your background with document checks?CL: "I’ve always been interested in all things ‘fraud’ and 'investigative'. My degree is in Forensic and Investigative Studies and when I graduated, it was a natural progression to join the Police. From there, I was lucky enough to join UK…read more >