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ID Scanning Machine

Advanced ID Scanning Machines Launched at Bedford Borough Council

 

Bedford Borough Council has launched three top-of-the-range ID Scanning Machines to scan and authenticate residents’ documents.

 

The scanners are used in airports and by security services, and their cutting-edge technology allows Council teams to identify fraudulent Identification documents in just a few seconds.

 

The new document scanners, supplied by TrustID, authenticate documents’ hidden security features. For example, the machine reads and stores the printed information on the face of the documents, compares chip and machine readable zone data within Passports, Driving Licenses, Visas and Identity Cards and also takes infrared scans of these documents.

 

By introducing this technology into its offices, Bedford Borough Council is further protecting public funds which are targeted by fraudsters and organised criminals using false or altered documents.

 

Councillor Michael Headley, Portfolio Holder for Finance for Bedford Borough Council said “We are committed to providing the best possible service to our residents and service users. By introducing the new ID scanning machine we will cut out fraud and abuse which could stop us supporting the right people at the right time. Residents who now approach the Council for support with false documentation should think twice; their details will be passed on to external authorities for investigation.”

 

You can report Tenancy Fraud, Council Tax and Blue Badge Fraud to the council:

 

Download the Bedford Fraud App

Search your app store for “Bedford Fraud Reporter”.

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