Handwritten signatures are widely used in everyday life. It serves as the means of persons identification and intent. It is distinctive and unique for each person. Although it is unique, it can be forged. For example, banks use signatures to verify cheques; art museums use signatures to identify the respective owners, and in many such scenarios, handwritten signatures are used. Thus, authenticating signatures is extremely important. A signature verification forensics test is a biometric process used to verify writing features like writing movements, strokes, pressures & the type of writing instruments (pen or pencil) and substrate (ink) used in the respective documents.
The word biometrics is associated with human traits or behavior, which can be measured & used for individual recognition. According to the personal traits considered, there are two types of biometrics:
Signatures serve as identity verification; the same person’s signature varies due to various factors and conditions. It is found that signatures have three main attributes: form, movement, & variation, the movement being the most important. In addition, the experts found that slight variations occur over time once a signature style has been adopted. A genuine signature results from a lifetime of practice and habitual movement of the arm and wrist. On the other hand, forgery signatures result from handwriting, characterized by a conscious/purposive attempt to reproduce. Forensic tests for signature verification can identify these formations & curves and can declare them as genuine or fraudulent.
With modernization, it is easy to create fraudulent documents by copying the handwriting or signature of a person. Therefore, the chance of cheating is more in all sectors, including business, legal, and finance. A signature verification forensics test can help in the following cases:
Forgery, also called white-collar crime, refers to the alteration of a document intending to defraud someone. It comes under section 465 IPC (Indian Penal Code) & shall be punished with imprisonment or with fine, or both. Now, how to spot document forgery? There are some key indicators of forged documentaries in signature verification tests:
DNA Forensics Laboratory is among the leading companies to provide 100% accurate, conclusive and accredited Handwriting Examination and Signature Verification forensics tests at competitive pricing. Moreover, it is the only company cum lab that offers legal testing & peace of mind tests. They can also identify the paper, ink, & printing substrate used in a forged document/signature during the signature verification process. For further queries or to book the Signature Verification Test in India, talk to our customer support executives at +91 8010177771 or WhatsApp at +91 9213177771.
Since the peace of mind test samples are not collected under a strict chain of custody or on order of honorable court by a third neutral party and the Laboratory cannot verify the origin of the samples, this test result may not be defensible in a court of law for the establishment of paternity/relationship and other legally related issues. The tested parties’ names that may appear on this report have been provided by the client and cannot be verified. The laboratory assumes no responsibility for incorrect or misspelled patient information.