Forged Documents, Counterfeit Goods, Cyber Intrusion Including Identity Theft Have Become a Symbol Of Our 21st Century Culture

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Forgery, counterfeit knock-offs and internet SCAMS have grown to such an alarming part of our life that they have become a fixture and a symbol of our 21st century culture. Docufraud Canada issues Canada wide warning

Forensic Document Examination

Dwayne Strocen, President of Docufraud Canada a Canadian based specialist in Forensic Document Examination has seen a noticeable increase in reported crimes associated with identity theft, internet cyber intrusion and instances of signature forgery. Although many of these crimes should be reported to the police, Mr. Strocen wonders if the name Docufraud Canada has some allure for the public to call with reports of wrong doing.

Nothing it seems is off-limits to a person's intent on deceiving or defrauding others. There is no boundary to age, gender, income level or status in the community. We’ve all received the slick calls and read the e-mails asking us to click the link or some new way to deceive us into revealing personal information. If you find yourself on the call list for some unscrupulous character here are some things you should be aware of.

It seems the R.C.M.P and local police readily admit to being completely overwhelmed. This is partly due to the fact that many of these nefarious individuals and organizations are not domiciled here in Canada. They are often located in other countries where laws are lax and ineffective. Yet in every case there are Canadians who live among us who will aid and abet by assisting with money collection, wire transfers and storage of stolen goods and counterfeit property.

Technology has provided us with time and labour saving devices, but technology has also evolved our world into something not envisioned by the creators of the internet. If a 3-D printer can create a usable human organ for transplant then it certainly can fraudulently create a new licence plate for a stolen car, or perhaps a gun to fool airport screening. If a thief can manufacture counterfeit products so it cannot be distinguished from the original then there is no limit except by the thief’s own imagination.

According to Mr. Strocen, here is where some of the problem stems. Docufraud receives call after call from individuals who despite reading and being aware of such activity continue to distribute their personal information. The greatest sources of voluntary information is social media sites, dating sites and retail shopping sites. If a retailer asks for your e-mail address, phone number or mailing address, he says don’t give it. Even if the clerk insists, it’s none of their business.

This information is used to illegally apply for bank loans and credit cards. It’s used to purchase vehicles, motor homes, expensive watches, and other large ticket items. And in every instance you are responsible for the outstanding payments and the accumulated debt. A significant percentage of Docufraud's business is from individuals who have fallen victim and need to prove the signature on the expensive purchase was not theirs and indeed a forgery. In addition to the time and stress, the court appearances and legal costs, there is a ruined credit rating.

Forgery of documents and identity theft are part of the same problem. We've seen fraudulent signatures on new car purchases, motor home purchases, credit card agreements, even mortgage and loan applications. Docufraud Canada would like to put out this warning to all Canadians.

Be vigilant and be a smart consumer. We truly hope you do not need our services, but if you do, you can count on us to assist with establishing your true identity. We can’t fix your credit rating, but we do have certified and court qualified forensic examiners ready and able to do our part in setting things right.

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