Can a fake ID be detected by scanners

Many ID vendors advertise their fakes as “scannable” but they may not be. It is fair to ask if a fake ID can be caught by an ID scanner.

To understand the difference between how ID scanners identify and forgeries circumvent, you must understand how different ID scanners work and the types of tools that criminals use to do so.

One of the most popular tests, that is with consumers verifying their ID by having it scanned, results from the barcode or magnetic strip on the ID.

What are barcodes and how do they work

ID scanners verify an ID by reading the information on a barcode or magnetic strip and (checking to see if the data is returned in the correct format).

These features are mainly meant for ID scanning, but aren’t considered a good security feature.

Creating barcodes and magnetic strips with encoded identity information is fairly simple, with the required technologies readily available on the internet.

Although it’s possible to detect fake IDs with simple ID scanners, forgers don’t often put faulty barcodes or magnetic strips on them, so real IDs will all return as valid when scanned. The most popular online platforms are the places where counterfeit IDs from all over the world can be sold on.

The majority of ID scanners currently rely on these tests alone, most fake IDs in circulation are passed by a scanner as the real deal.

For effective detection of fake government ids, you need technology to analyze the face of the ID and identify slight differences in the more complex security features built into government-issued IDs.

By using both a comparison engine and a pixel-level processing algorithm, an ID scanner can compare fake IDs to real IDs and detect false IDs. Many other systems fall short in this comparison.

Pattern matching and some other content-matching concepts

What are the consequences of someone “faking” their ID

Because of proprietary fonts and intricate designs, official identity documents are virtually impossible to duplicate.

The complex nature of the typefaces, microtext and continuous inkblots used in an ID require a secure process to reproduce. These are not readily available to illegitimate print shops.

For more advanced fake IDs, that pass through most human controls, only a handful of pixels are used to create the mark.

Because of Patronscan’s proprietary pattern-matching technology, we can analyze 4,500 unique IDs to find the true identity of a cardholder. Pattern-matching is the most common way fake ID’s are caught by our ID scanners.

With new innovative and inexpensive technology, fake ID’s are no longer a rarity and have gotten easier to acquire. With counterfeit identity documents on the rise, businesses worldwide are losing money each year due to identity fraud.

New technologies such as overlays and holograms help ID scanners conduct a third test on a person’s identity, determining how an ID presenting from different angles under different light sources.

Understanding the technology behind holograms 

Holograms and fluorescence overlays are used as an added layer of security that can be tested with white light or placed under UV light.

As these security features are easy to check for, the modern counterfeiter will imitate these as closely as possible. Forgers either try to mimic these security features or use authentic versions from real IDs to trick these tests.

These days, an ID scan can tell you if the ID is authentic or fake. Patronscan uses custom lighting and hardware sensors to inspect identity in order to improve the accuracy of the scanner.

With sophisticated holograms and florescent overlays replicated by more fake IDs, relying purely on these tests can provide a false sense of security.

One size doesn’t fit all

Although fake IDs will still pass through ID scanners with an intermittent good signal, a strong signal could break down Fake IDs before the last security measure is set to block it. The scanning engine is the software that processes the information collected by a scan and validates an ID.

Having a reliable scanning engine takes time to build and is constantly updated. With human-level accuracy and an update schedule, the system creates algorithms that will successfully authenticate IDs in state-of-the-art counterfeit detection products.

How to use a fake ID online safely

To detect forgeries with ID scanners, you need the right set to ingredient. Comparing a scanner’s examination of the simplest details on an ID card can help secure the product from any potential forgeries.

Machine learning and deep neural networks are the most important components of verification because they can read and interpret patterns. Even some ID scanners use outdated hardware that is not as good as what an AI would be able to do, which can lead to reliability issues, false positives, and unreadable IDs.

Do you know what a fake ID scan looks like?

With Patronscan’s proprietary scanning technology, it is unlikely that the ID scanner was stolen.

Problems with fake IDs can be tough to detect, but PatronScan handles them with a time efficient AI that has you covered. Book a demo today or just visit their website and see why they are the trusted solution when it comes to verification.


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