A blog post by Tamlyn Thompson, Managing Director of IDscan.
With increasing numbers of stories hitting headlines across the globe, it’s clear to even passing observers that the production of fake documents has become an industry all of its own.
IDscan has always strived to stay one step ahead of the criminals to ensure that our global customers are properly protected. Our authentication software has removed vast numbers of fake documents from circulation, but as documents, names, and signatures can all be relatively easily forged the determined and well financed fraudster will simply acquire a replacement within days.
There is one thing an identity fraudster can’t easily change however - and that’s his face. The fraudster’s new document may have completely new credentials, but one element will stay the same: the photograph. That’s why we have developed Visage, a unique way of verifying the facial component of a passport or ID card. Visage is a facial recognition system which catalogues these ‘fake faces’ and allows the IDscan system to cross-check the new identity document against a databank of faces acquired from proven fake, forged or altered documents. If we find a match, the customer is alerted in less than a second.
We’ve been granted a US Patent, giving GBG and IDscan the go-ahead to focus on this vital step in the fight against fraud. We need to stop fraudsters from moving from one organisation to the next simply by creating a new identity document. Document forgery is a sophisticated business, and we’ll be able to extend protection to our customers by recognising a known fraudster’s face whereever he chooses to use it.