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Onfido and INTERPOL train government officials to detect fraudulent identity documents


Onfido is partnering with INTERPOL to provide a 3-day training course to government officials from Southeast Asia to help them better detect fraudulent identity documents. Participants at next week’s course are expected to include government officials such as police, border control agents, and immigration officials from the INTERPOL member countries: Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam.

The program runs from March 12 to 14 in Manila and will focus on the mechanical and digital printing techniques used to create identity documents and how fraudsters emulate them using commercially available technologies. The course will educate attendees on the latest security features embedded in official government IDs and provide practical exercises that teach methods for identifying fraudulent documents including counterfeits, forgeries, fantasy and fraudulently obtained documents.

Michael Van Gestel, a former Dutch government immigration ID expert who leads Onfido’s fraud team, will provide an introduction to fraud, explaining various digital attack vectors and how to overcome them. The team will highlight differences between 3D and 2D document checks and cover topics including imaging techniques to augment decision-making, attack vector trends, sophisticated attacks, imposter detection and the Glasgow Test, and outline known vulnerabilities.

“Onfido is excited to be teaming up with INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization, to bring our combined industry knowledge and fraud expertise to government officials across Southeast Asia,” commented Van Gestel. “As criminals get more sophisticated in designing new attack vectors, there has never been a more important time to unify our knowledge of both 3D and 2D document authentication and share this in a unique training course.”

Last month Onfido revealed that it had been selected to verify user identity for 2nd Address, RVshare and also announced that it hired Mohan Mahadevan, the former head of computer vision and machine learning for robotic applications at Amazon, as its VP of Research.

Sales of Onfido biometric and ID check products grew 342 percent in 2018. The company has received over $60M in funding from investors including Microsoft Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and Idinvest Partners.

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