UAE: 1,327 forged documents seized in 2023, including identity cards, visas

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The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai disclosed that it confiscated 1,327 counterfeit documents over the past year, encompassing passports and travel-related documents like identity cards, residence cards, and entry visas.

Aqeel Ahmed Al-Najjar, the advisor to the administration's Document Inspection Center, highlighted that the latest techniques employed for detecting fake documents include utilizing software to compare original holographic shapes and similar features in documents of questionable authenticity.

Additionally, 3D technologies are employed to identify printing methods added to personal photos in passports and modify them to match the forged photo in the questionable document.

The administration is equipped with modern devices for detecting forged travel documents, including the "DocuBox Pro" device containing visible and invisible rays, devices for reading chip information in passports, and tools for remote inspection. While authenticating travel documents usually takes seconds, the duration may vary based on the accuracy of the forgery.

Al-Najjar emphasized that the document inspection center comprises 62 employees, all of whom are experts and administrators in travel document inspection, having undergone various training courses in detecting forgery, advanced forgery, and plagiarism detection.

The primary challenges faced by those in the field of document detection stem from the constant evolution of forgery and counterfeiting methods. Staying abreast of fraudulent innovations requires continuous study, attendance at conferences and workshops, and establishing an information network with peers for receiving alerts.

The Document Inspection Center aims to be a frontrunner in examining fraudulent travel documents, serving as a reference for relevant authorities to ensure document integrity. Al-Najjar cautioned travelers against falling victim to organizations or individuals defrauding them by providing false travel documents, urging them to verify the legitimacy of entities authorized to issue such documents before making payments.

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