Printing is ever-present in our daily lives. You can find them on food packaging, sticker labels, and see them in newspapers and magazines. Forensic analysis can play an important role in examining such printing to resolve disputes involving the authenticity of a document or address safety concerns regarding the use of a product. Advances in printing technology has reduced the prices of printers steadily over the years and people can now easily access printers, copiers or multi-function machines (Scan. Copy. Print), both at work and at home.
Implications, however, are that creation of fraudulent documents and products can now be accomplished by almost anyone with such intent.
Forensic document examiners are sometimes given documents purported to be originals. However, upon further examination, these “original” documents turn out to be printed reproductions that possess sufficiently high resolution to convince the untrained eye that they have been physically signed in ink. For such cases, forensic analysis can assist in determining the type of printer used and, in certain cases, lead you to a specific printer. We can also help to compare between two documents to determine if one has been reproduced from the other, or if both sets of documents are reproductions of a master copy. Sometimes, being able to show through forensic examination, that a signature has been reproduced or manipulated, may be sufficient to resolve a dispute or win a settlement.
Besides documents, the packaging materials of food and medication also bear printed words or images. When suspected of being counterfeits, these unassuming printed materials can prove crucial to determining the authenticity of the products. It is a common misperception that the content of a product determines its authenticity (i.e. active ingredients in medication). The packaging material should not be overlooked as they can contain vital information. Ironically, the finishes and quality of print in the counterfeit products may often appear to be better than that of the genuine product.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
If you suspect the documents you possess (e.g. Wills, Housing deeds, Insurance policies, Cheques, Payment vouchers) may be fraudulent or if you suspect the authenticity of a product, do not hesitate to approach our forensic experts with your queries.
Please call us at 6459 0494 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.