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Tampering and Forgery of Documents
By The Forensic Experts Group
Apart from determining authorship, the document examiner may also be required to determine the authenticity of a document or detect signs of tampering.
Examples of tampering in documents
Advances in printing technology has reduced the prices of printers steadily over the years and printers, copiers or multi-function machines (Scan. Copy. Print) are easily accessible, both at work and at home. Hence, tampering is not only encountered in handwritten documents, but also in printed documents.
Are the documents physically signed?
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.
How were the documents produced?
Forensic analysis can also assist in determining the type of printer used and, in certain cases, identify the specific printer used in producing the fraudulent document.
Was one document reproduced from another?
Comparisons between two documents can be conducted 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.
If you suspect the documents you possess (e.g. Wills, Housing deeds, Insurance policies, Cheques, Payment vouchers) may be fraudulent or tampered with, do not hesitate to approach our forensic experts with your queries.
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