February 03, 2022: As commitment to clean and secure trade, SECOIA signs the code of conduct by the London Metropolitan Police, and in partnership with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Security Agencies have identified a growing trend in which criminal organizations involved in document fraud acquire professional quality printing equipment, stamps and supplies to support their criminal activities, allowing them to produce near-perfect counterfeits of official documents and identification.
The following are examples of the types of items in demand:
• plastic identification card printers (like those used by departments of motor vehicles);
• blank card stock;
• hot foil printers;
• rubber stamps;
• embossers; and
• ultraviolet inks.
Project Genesius, based upon a similar voluntary partnership project between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and printing companies, is an opportunity for the printing and stamp-making industries to collaborate with the authorities to identify and disrupt document fraud.
Project Genesius, named after the patron Saint of printers is a collaboration between law enforcement and the specialist printing industry. Its aim is to prevent organised criminal gangs from obtaining the materials required to create counterfeit identity documents. By working together it makes it harder for criminals to obtain such equipment, which undermines both the industry’s reputation, and the national security.
The Code of Conduct touches following aspects:
Record Keeping: All companies must maintain and retain proper records of all transactions, for both UK and overseas customers.
Customer Profiling: All companies must profile each new customer as per the suggested criteria
Supply of goods: If there are any doubts as to the legitimacy of the customer or in their use of the equipment, then it must not be supplied.
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